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Traffic Advisory: SW 4th Avenue to close to all motorized traffic Friday, Sept. 19

(Sept. 18, 2014) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that Portland Streetcar construction work will close SW 4th Avenue at Harrison to all motorized traffic beginning at 9:00 AM on Friday, Sept. 19.  SW 4th Avenue will remain closed through the weekend and will reopen by 6:00 AM on Monday, Sept. 22.    

The east sidewalk on SW 4th Avenue will remain open and access will be maintained to businesses and residences in the area.

This closure is necessary to complete the connections to the new second track on SW 4thAvenue at SW Harrison Street near Portland State University to allow for the completed Loop operations beginning Sept. 12, 2015 with the opening of the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge. The completed loop service will bring more frequent service -- with streetcars coming about every 7 minutes -- between South Waterfront and the Pearl District.

The traveling public is asked to follow signs and use caution in work zones.

Please visit to learn more.


Traffic Advisory: Lane closures planned Saturday to pave NE Halsey Street from NE Weidler to 119th Avenue

(September 19, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Halsey Street from NE Weidler Street near 112th Avenue to NE 119th Avenue on Saturday, September 20,  7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The lane closures will allow crews to complete paving of this section of NE Halsey Street.

Parking restriction barricades are in place today in advance of the work. Traffic restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents.

The 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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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


News Release: Transportation Bureau wants your input on two new parking meter options

(Sept. 18, 2014) -- Two companies are competing for a chance to provide Portland with new parking meters, and starting this week residents can test the new meters and help the Portland Bureau of Transportation decide which contractor to select.

Four test pay stations, two from each of the vendors that made PBOT’s short list, are available for the public to test. Meters made by Parkeon and Cale America are located on SW Salmon Street, between SW Third and Fourth avenues, just north of Lownsdale Square and on SW Third Avenue, between SW Taylor and SW Salmon streets.

The meters will be available until Oct. 14. Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day.

Let PBOT know what you think of the two pay station options by completing an online survey at or filling out a postcard available at the meter. How easy was it to use the pay station? Was your transaction completed as fast as you expected?

Equipment from both manufacturers equipment will be familiar to city users as they have provided meters to the City in the past.  Cale America has more than 1,300 existing pay stations and Parkeon provided the ticket vending machines for the Portland Streetcar.

After receiving public input, PBOT’s selection committee will identify which vendor will supply about 300 parking meters in the new Northwest Portland parking meter district, expected to be installed in early 2015. The established price agreement will also be used for future purchases.

Both pay station options can accept payments by credit card and support the adoption of payment by mobile phone in the future.

Visitors to the test block are reminded that normal parking fees, time limits and periods of enforcement are in effect during the test period. If you are unable to purchase a ticket from one of the test meters, be sure to purchase a ticket from an existing pay station to avoid receiving a citation.


News Release: North Williams Avenue street design installation begins; left lane to close shortly

As street design takes shape, “A Safer Place for Everyone” outreach campaign gets underway featuring safety messages from residents

(September 16, 2014) – Construction begins later this week on a new street design for North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commute route between downtown and North Portland.

The new street design will extend from NE Broadway to Killingsworth Street and will require up to three months to complete.  Safety improvements will benefit all travelers, especially pedestrians, and changes will affect the look of the street and traffic flow for all travelers.

Early in the project, the left lane of North Williams Avenue will close to all traffic. It will reopen in mid-October as a left side bike lane.  No detours will be in effect during construction but alternate routes are available. 

The alternate route for people traveling by bicycle is NE Rodney Street, a neighborhood street that has been upgraded with speed bumps to discourage cut through motor vehicle traffic.  The alternate routes for drivers are NE Martin Luther King Boulevard or N Interstate Avenue.

The new street design will include these major improvements:

  • A new traffic signal will be installed at the busy N Cook Street crossing.
  • New striped crosswalks and curb extensions at five crossings will improve pedestrian visibility, making it safer and easier to cross.
  • Bus and bike travel are being separated to reduce conflicts and improve safety.  Buses will continue to stop on the right side of the street while the bike lane will be expanded to a width of 12 feet and transferred to the left side.
  • The speed limit is being lowered to 25 mph along most of the corridor; and 20 mph where foot traffic is highest, between NE Fremont and Skidmore streets.
  • Green transition zones in the left side bike lane indicate where motor vehicles cross the lane to turn left.

The left side bicycle lane is expected to open in mid-October, once the Cook Street traffic signal is operational.  The additional construction, such as crosswalk restriping, is expected to entail minimal traffic disruption.

The project was developed in 2012 after a 16-month public involvement process to identify how to make N Williams Avenue a safer place for all travelers and to address longstanding community concerns over pedestrian safety in particular.

“A Safer Place for Everyone”

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is launching “A Safer Place for Everyone” outreach campaign to inform people of the new street design and encourage all travelers to share the road.  The campaign is an outgrowth of the public involvement process where people suggested increased outreach around safety.

The “A Safer Place for Everyone” campaign features residents sending their safety messages to fellow residents via a series of banners and A-boards. The banners, soon to be posted to light fixtures along the corridor, will be displayed through the winter.  

The transportation bureau also mailed an “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure to area residents and distributed to local businesses and other gathering places.  The public is encouraged to share photos and their own messages on social media with the tag #northwilliams.  

More information is available at  including a map and construction highlights. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” banner campaign. View the “A Safer Place for Everyone” brochure.



Diane Dulken Portland Bureau of Transportation



News Release: Community asks, City Responds: Commissioner Fritz, Leah Treat dedicate new Safe Routes to School path through Pier Park to North Portland schools

(September 12, 2014) -  Friday’s walk home from school was a celebratory occasion for North Portland school children who joined with City officials to parade along a new paved path from Sitton Elementary School through Pier Park to a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Commissioner Amanda Fritz.

The new paved path, which is roughly as long as five downtown City blocks, replaces a dirt route that often turned muddy for the hundreds of families that cross Pier Park daily.  The path connects several large apartment complexes in this section of St. Johns neighborhood to Sitton and George Middle School as well as to transit, shopping and other services along Lombard and Fessenden Streets.  

“It makes me proud to help lead a city that can work together and deliver on an important neighborhood request,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Amanda Fritz.  “The trail will be an important connector and improve safety for kids, parents, and other neighbors here in St. Johns.”

The City paved the path in response to community members who organized a petition signed by 400 families asking for improved safety for their children as they traveled to school. 

“You asked, and we are delighted to respond and create this safe route to school,” said Leah Treat, who directs the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “I am committed to improving safety throughout Portland, especially around schools.  Walking and biking to school safely also means that kids can get a healthy and fun start to their day.”

“Our parks deliver many benefits to Portlanders, and now we can add one more: providing an essential route for kids and families,” said Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) Director Mike Abbaté.

The project’s $60,000 cost was shared equally by PBOT and PP&R, with each contributing $30,000.

The project brought together many partners to create a solution to neighbors’ concerns. PBOT’s Safe Routes to School team worked with parents, managers of the apartment complexes next to Pier Park, PP&R, the City’s Office of Neighborhood Involvement’s Crime Prevention program, Portland Public Schools, Friends of Pier Park, and many other partners to put together a strategy to better serve the families in the neighborhood.

Managers of the nearby apartment complexes are also building new paved paths on their campuses so that families have a continuous network of paved walkways.

Photos of the event are available for publication. Find them here: Please credit the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Ryan Kost.



Diane Dulken, Portland Bureau of Transportation

503-823-5552  c: 503-577-8236

Mark Ross, Portland Parks & Recreation

503-823-5300, 503-823-6634