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Traffic Advisory: Crane lift to close lanes on Naito Parkway Feb. 13 and 14

(Feb. 12, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that a private contractor’s permitted work using a large crane will require lane closures on SW Naito Parkway starting at 5 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 13 through Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14. The lanes will be closed overnight and are scheduled to be reopened at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Southbound travel lanes on Naito Parkway will be closed from Southwest Market Street to Southwest Harrison Street. One northbound travel lane will be open at all times, but one northbound lane will be closed from SW Lincoln to SW Market. No northbound turns will be affected.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

Access to Mercedes-Benz of Portland and the parking garage for Harrison Square office building will be maintained at all times. Flaggers will be present to assist traffic in and out of these facilities.

The closure is to allow access for Campbell Crane to use a mobile crane to lift HVAC equipment needed for the Harrison Square office building.

Southbound traffic will have two posted detours. Southbound motorists going to Interstate 5 will still have two left turn lanes at Market to turn left onto SW Harbor Drive and continue to I-5.

Southbound motorists continuing on Naito Parkway will be directed to turn west onto SW Clay, then south onto SW First Avenue, then east onto SW Harrison Street, then return to SW Naito Parkway.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

News Advisory: Crosswalk and midblock education and enforcement action planned for SE 82nd Avenue Feb. 17

(Feb 11, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct an intersection crosswalk and midblock crossing safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, Feb. 17 at the marked crosswalk on SE 82nd Avenue at SE Division Street and on SE 82nd Avenue between SE Division and SE Harrison streets from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Southeast 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street are designated High Crash Corridors because they have a high number of fatalities and injuries. From 2004 through 2015, there were 24 pedestrian crashes at or near SE 82 Avenue and SE Division Street and 2 pedestrian fatalities.

Education and enforcement actions such as the Feb. 17 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

During the education and enforcement action, police officers will remind drivers to stop appropriately for the pedestrian in the crossing, encourage people walking to cross at the corner, and enforce Oregon traffic laws. Portland Community College (PCC) Southeast students and PBOT staff will hand out brochures to people who are crossing midblock, to encourage them to cross at the intersection.

Many people on foot and in vehicles cross this section of the roadway every day going to and from bus stops, restaurants and coffees shops, PCC Southeast Campus, businesses and other retail outlets.  Approximately 26,100 vehicles travel on SE 82nd Avenue between SE Division and SE Harrison each day.  Most people walking use the marked crosswalk at SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street. However, some people choose to cross SE 82nd Avenue midblock between SE Division and SE Harrison instead.

Crossing midblock at locations without enhanced crossing features can put people on foot and behind the wheel at risk of a crash, especially if the roadway has multiple travel lanes, high traffic volumes and high vehicle speeds.

Crossing at the corner is safer for people who walk because:

  • Drivers are expecting pedestrian to cross at the corner.
  • The view of a person crossing midblock is often blocked by other vehicles -- a secondary threat exists when one driver stops for the pedestrian but the next driver may or may not see the person walking and does not stop or cannot stop in time to allow for safe crossing.
  • The traffic signal at SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street will control the flow of traffic and provide a specific time for pedestrians to cross.
  • The intersection is illuminated to provide optimal visibility.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. Both people that drive and people that walk should remain alert and watch for people in the crossing and drivers that may be turning onto or from 82nd Avenue.  When vehicle drivers make a turn at an intersection with a signal, they must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when they are less than 6 feet from the lane into which the driver’s vehicle is turning (ORS 814.010).

vision zero logoCrosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. View the results of previous actions. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. www.visionzeroportland.com

News Release: Traffic enforcement and education action on SE Clinton generates 15 citations, 8 warnings and one arrest

SE Clinton 2.10.16  SE Clinton 2.10.16

(February 11, 2016) - Wednesday’s traffic enforcement and education action by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau on SE Clinton Street between SE 12th Avenue and SE 50th Avenue generated 15 citations and 6 warnings for people driving motor vehicles and 2 warnings to people biking with no lighting. Officers from PPB also distributed Vision Zero pamphlets with information about safe travel for people who walk, bike and/or drive with every traffic stop.

vision zero logoDuring the enforcement action, police were on the lookout for violations that threatened the safety of people walking and biking. These violations included people driving who violated “do not enter- except bicycles” sign, illegal and unsafe U-turns, and people driving vehicles (including scooters and motorcycles) through the new diverters. Police also monitored stop sign compliance on streets surrounding Clinton, including the SE Woodward and 32nd Avenue intersection.

The stops were primarily for Failing to Obey a Traffic Control Device. Three charges were for Illegal U-Turn. All three of those were for people in vehicles who turned right at the SE 17th Street diverter, made a U-Turn and then retuned to make another right to continue along SE Clinton. The last contact of the day was at the SE Clinton and SE 17th diverter at approximately 11:00 p.m. when a person driving was arrested for DUII (.14 BAC).

The enforcement action was a component of the education and outreach program for the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project, whose goal is to address auto volume and speed issues and make the greenway more inviting for people who are walking and biking. During the public meetings to discuss the project, community members asked PBOT to initiate an education and enforcement campaign to make drivers aware of the unique role that neighborhood greenways play in encouraging walking and biking. The Portland City Council has also made a commitment to protect and enhance the city’s neighborhood greenways.

Education and enforcement actions such as the Feb. 10 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025: www.visionzeroportland.com.

Photo credit: Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation

News Release: Traffic enforcement and education action on SE Clinton Street to highlight safety on neighborhood greenways

(February 9, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a traffic education and enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 10 on SE Clinton Street between SE 12th Avenue and SE 50th Avenue from 7 to 9:30 a.m. and from 3 to 6:30 p.m.

The action is part of the project to enhance the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway and make it more inviting for people who are walking and biking. As part of the overall improvement of the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway, PBOT installed two traffic diverters on SE Clinton Street at SE 17th Avenue and SE 32nd Avenue in early January. During public meetings to discuss the project last year, community members asked PBOT to initiate an education and enforcement campaign to make people driving aware of the unique role that neighborhood greenways play in encouraging walking and biking. Police and PBOT collaborated on an enforcement action Dec. 15, before the diverters were installed, and are returning for additional enforcement now that the diverters have been in place for a month.

The Portland City Council has also made a commitment to protect and enhance the city’s neighborhood greenways.

During the enforcement action, the Portland Police Bureau will be on the lookout for violations that threaten the safety of people walking and biking. These violations include people driving who violate “do not enter- except bicycles” sign, illegal and unsafe U-turns, and people driving vehicles (including scooters and motorcycles) through the new diverters. Police will also monitor stop sign compliance on streets surrounding Clinton, including the SE Woodward and 32nd Avenue intersection.

Portland’s neighborhood greenways are where people of all ages and abilities have the opportunity to bicycle, walk and play. As such, neighborhood greenways need to maintain low motor vehicle volumes and speeds, provide protected crossings at major intersections, and create an environment that encourages people of all ages to travel actively. Between SE 12th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard, traffic volumes currently exceed the upper acceptable limit of 2,000 cars per day by 200 to 1,000 cars. Much of this traffic is believed to be non-local cut-through traffic that should be using either SE Division Street or SE Powell Boulevard. More information about the greenways can be found at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/50518

Vision Zero Portland logoTraffic education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

View the results of previous actions at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/134382

Education and enforcement actions such as the Feb. 10 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025: www.visionzeroportland.com.

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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on E Burnside Street to close lanes from NE 90th Ave. to NE 94th Ave., Feb. 9-11

Feb. 8, 2016: WINTER PAVING UPDATE: Expect intermittent lane closures on East Burnside 7 a.m. through 5 p.m., NE 90th Ave to NE 94th Ave., Tuesday Feb. 9 through Thursday Feb. 11 as PBOT crews repave the road surface, which was ground earlier this winter. The work is weather dependent and the schedule may change.


 

(Nov. 18, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on East Burnside Street from NE 90th Avenue to NE 94th Avenue starting Thursday, Nov. 19, through Friday, Nov. 20, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day to complete a first phase of asphalt removal.

At a later date, dependent on the weather, PBOT crews will return to repave the road surface.

At least one travel lane will be open at all times. The lane closures will allow crews to pave .85 lane miles of E Burnside Street, part of PBOT’s Back to Basics goal of providing preventive maintenance on 100 lane miles of streets each year.

Check trimet.org/alerts for information about bus service during the work period.

Lane closures are only in effect during project work hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. People riding bicycles should expect rough surfaces when lanes are ground down before repaving. When riding a bicycle, consider using sidewalks and other routes during work hours.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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