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News Release: PBOT invites Portlanders to apply for Fixing our Streets Oversight Committee

16 member Oversight Committee to ensure accountability and transparency of Fixing our Streets Program

(June 23, 2016) – As one of the first steps in launching the Fixing Our Streets Program, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) today invited Portlanders to apply for the Fixing our Streets Oversight Committee. The committee will play an important role in ensuring the accountability of the transportation safety and maintenance program voters created when in May they passed Measure 26-173, the four-year, ten-cent Portland gas tax. The Committee will also provide oversight for the projects funded by the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax which was passed by the City Council on May 11, 2016.

When City Council approved placing Measure 26-173 on the ballot, they created the 16-member Oversight Committee and mandated that it include representatives from Portland’s various neighborhoods, modal interests, business liaisons, transportation professionals and advocates from Portland's most vulnerable communities.

“After spending several years fighting for the funding to fix our streets and make them safer, I’m excited to finally get to work,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “We need a diverse group of community members to serve on this oversight committee to ensure implementation of these important projects.”

The role of the Oversight Committee will be to:

  1. Provide guidance to City Council on the effective use of new resources.
  2. Monitor revenues, expenditures, and program/project implementation.
  3. Review program priorities, spending, and any necessary revisions to project lists/financial plans, including the annual program audit. May make recommendations to City Council for project list revisions.
  4. Monitor construction impacts to businesses and neighborhoods.
  5. Monitor utilization of minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses to support community benefits.
  6. Provide an annual report to City Council containing the above information.

Applications will be due July 19th. The committee will meet quarterly with the first meeting slated for September. 

The application is available at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/581590

Measure 26-173 is expected to raise $64 million over four years. The program’s project list includes paving, sidewalks, crossing improvements, neighborhood greenways, safe routes to school, high crash corridors, protected bike lanes and alternative street design that will have a significant impact on neighborhoods across Portland. The full project list and other information about Measure 26-173 and the Fixing Our Streets Program can be found at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/64188.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation  

News Release: Portland Sunday Parkways in North Portland this Sunday

North Portland route will visit the Bike Repair Hub and Bike Skills Park in New Columbia

(June 23, 2016)  – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will be coming to North Portland this Sunday. This event’s 9.5 mile scenic route connects some of the beautiful natural areas and gardens located in North Portland. Included on the route are Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, McCoy, and Kenton Parks plus the Willamette Blvd bluff overlooking the river and Forest Park. The route connects neighborhoods east and west of I-5 on low or no-traffic neighborhood greenways, residential streets with low speed limits that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement.

North Portland Sunday Parkways 2016 map

Participants will also have the chance to experience a fantastic new community resource for Portlanders who bike: the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Repair Hub. Located in the beautiful 82-acre New Columbia Community in North Portland’s Portsmouth Neighborhood, the Bike Repair Hub was created by the community members as a place where they could store tools, bicycle parts, and equipment and help others with basic bike repair. Kids can learn how to ride their bikes safely and enjoyably in the Hub's Bike Skills Park. The New Columbia Community is a mixed-income community home to more than 2,500 adults and children speaking 11 languages and representing 22 countries.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 119,000 last year.

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help people get to Sunday Parkways by bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways North Portland brochure.

For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

North Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:

North Portland Sunday Parkways 2016 sponsors

News Release: Installation of new parking meters begins in the Central Eastside Industrial District

(June 21, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced today that it will begin installing 29 parking meters along selected streets in the Central Eastside Industrial District (CEID), including along E. Burnside, NE Grand, NE MLK and SE 6th Avenue (see map below). The bureau will also upgrade 13 older meters with the latest model. With this installation, PBOT takes a significant step toward implementing the next phase of the Central Eastside Parking Management Plan. Adopted by City Council in June 2012, the Management Parking Plan was the result of a collaborative planning process between PBOT, business owners and neighborhood representatives.

The Central Eastside is already seeing an increase in density as a result of ongoing residential and commercial development in the area. As a result, the Central Eastside Industrial District continues to work with PBOT to manage the increasing demand for limited on-street parking. The new parking meters will serve as an important tool in helping PBOT, in partnership with community stakeholders, work to meet this goal.

“Given the extensive development taking place in the central city, it remains incumbent upon PBOT to continue to work to balance the demand for on-street parking in order to support area businesses and future housing demand,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “Parking meters will help support rapidly growing businesses, their customers and other visitors to the area.”

“Both the existing as well as the new meters to be installed will be located in and around the Grand/King commercial corridor of the CEID,” Said Michael Bolliger of Bolliger & Sons Insurance and a member of Central Eastside Industrial Council's (CEIC) Transportation and Parking Advisory Committee's (TPAC) subcommittee. “In this area we are working hard to achieve a balance between employee parking and customer parking for the district’s service and retail businesses. We hope these meters will provide a similar solution as they have in other parts of the Central city with high parking demands.”

The parking meters being installed in the Central Eastside are the same model installed in NW Portland earlier this year.  The meters in NW Portland have performed very well, processing tens of thousands of transactions a month with extremely low rates of customer service difficulties.

CEID parking

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility.www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation  

Traffic Advisory: SW Broadway Drive closed from June 21 through August 2016 between SW Grant Street and SW Vista Avenue for new retaining wall

(June 20, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that replacement of a distressed rubble retaining wall on a portion of SW Broadway Drive will require a full road closure for all motorized vehicle traffic beginning tomorrow, June 21, 2016, for the project’s entire duration through August 2016.

The goal of the project is to replace a distressed rubble retaining wall that supports a small portion of SW Broadway Drive and an important water line. The existing wall will be replaced by a new one supported on deep foundations and designed for resilience to earthquakes and landslides. Concurrent with the retaining wall work, PBOT will also make guardrail improvements in the project vicinity.

sw broadway drive
The current rubble wall on SW Broadway Drive is covered in vegetation and is not resilient to earthquakes and landslides.

SW Broadway Drive between SW Grant Street and SW Vista Avenue will be closed to motorized vehicle traffic all hours and all days during the project duration. The roadway will remain open to local traffic only, up to the complete "hard" closure at the work zone. The closure will be approximately 350 feet long, near the property address 980 SW Broadway Drive. Motor vehicles will need to use alternate routes around the road closure.

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SW Broadway Drive closure and alternate routes.

Pedestrian and bicycle access through the site will be maintained. A pedestrian and bicycle corridor will be provided along the north shoulder of the road through the project area.

For more information, see the project web site.

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 use alternate routes if possible.

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


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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation 

News Release: The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Pride NW invite the public to show their support for Portland’s LGBTQ Community by visiting and signing the Better Naito Doors of Love

(June 17, 2016)  – From June 17 to 20, Better Naito will not only provide a safe place to travel for the thousands of people per day attending Portland’s Pride Festival but also a community place to leave messages of love and support for Portland’s LGBTQ community.

People traveling on Better Naito between June 17-20 will notice a new addition to the mile-long temporary street transformation as part of Portland Pride. Using doors donated by the Rebuilding Center, PBOT and Pride NW have constructed an almost-200 foot long installation in Waterfront Park at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street for people to express their pride and support for the city’s LGBTQ community. People attending the Pride Festival, the Portland Pride Parade or other events downtown are invited to visit the Doors of Love and leave a message using writing materials provided by SCRAP.

Doors of Love

Over 80 doors have been installed in Waterfront Park at SW Naito Parkway and Pine Street. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The installation, located at the entrance to the Portland Pride Festival, will be accessible to the public throughout the weekend. On Monday afternoon, June 20, it will be relocated to Portland City Hall as an exhibition open to the public.

"The Pride Northwest family has been moved and honored by the support we have received, both before and since the events of last weekend. The intent of Doors of Love is to invite our community to express their Pride, in whatever way they wish, using this platform. Thank you to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Rebuilding Center for helping to make this happen and for their support of Pride and the LGBTQ community," said Debra Porta of Pride Northwest.

"Doors of Love will give Portlanders the opportunity to illustrate their support for LGBTQ communities across the country during this difficult time,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “And Portland will hold our LGBTQ friends, family, neighbors and colleagues especially close. It’s the Portland way."

"I’m proud our City can play a role using our public space to express our values and support of LGBTQ brothers and sisters," said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick.

Said Transportation Director Leah Treat, "Doors of Love and Better Naito illustrate once again that streets are for people. This installation is a heartwarming example of how Portland’s streets help us connect and celebrate our communities."

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Children show their support for the LGBTQ community by signing the Doors of Love. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The Better Naito Pilot Project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

This year’s iteration of Better Naito opens one northbound motor vehicle lane of SW Naito Parkway to a two-way walking and biking facility nearly a mile long and is the largest temporary street transformation to take place in America in both its size and duration. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has granted Community Event Permits to the festivals and events taking place at Waterfront Park. The organizations are implementing placemaking features along the Better Naito corridor and creating a physically separated space for people walking and biking in order to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.

More information on Better Naito can be found at www.betternaito.com

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About the Portland Bureau of Transportation:

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation 

About Pride Northwest:

The Portland Pride festival is the single, largest visibility avenue for the region’s LGBTQ community organizations and businesses, where they can attract new supporters and clients, increase their volunteer base, and raise much needed funds. In addition, the festival attracts thousands of visitors to Portland each year, bringing significant revenue to the local LGBTQ business community and to the city, as a whole. www.pridenw.org 

About the Rebuilding Center:

The Rebuilding Center offers affordable used building and remodeling materials with the goal of promoting the use of salvaged and reclaimed materials — a non-profit resource to strengthen environmental, economic and social fabric of local communities. www.rebuildingcenter.org

About SCRAP: 

SCRAP PDX is a donation-based creative reuse store and donation center in Southwest Portland. Along with the ever-changing and diverse store items, SCRAP also provides a range of educational opportunities within the community and hosts local reuse-based artists in their Re:Boutique. scrappdx.org