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(Sept 23, 2016) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require a full road closure for people driving and biking on N Interstate Avenue from N Larrabee Avenue to N Tillamook Street, on Monday, September 26, through Wednesday, October 5, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day. Work is expected only on weekdays and the road will be open on the weekend.
The road closure will allow crews to grind and pave 1.77 lane miles of pavement.
Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. The road closure will only be in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. Northbound traffic will be detoured onto N Larrabee Avenue and southbound traffic will be detoured onto the ramp that reconnects with Interstate at N Thunderbird Way via N Larrabee Avenue.
This area is a popular route for people traveling by bicycle and public transit. During work hours, expect to see signs indicating detours for all travelers. Consider using alternate routes.
For information on possible impacts to TriMet service, check trimet.org/alerts.
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.
Photo courtesy Portland Bureau of Transportation.
(Sept. 23, 2016) -- The first Speed Safety Cameras in Oregon will start issuing speeding tickets on Saturday, after 30 days of issuing warnings that have already reduced top-end speeding by 93 percent.
The goal of the Speed Safety Cameras is to reduce speeding and save lives. The SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway corridor is part of Portland’s High Crash Network of roads. PBOT’s recent Vision Zero crash data analysis found that Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is one of the top roads where people driving are killed or seriously injured. People walking along or crossing on foot are twice as likely to be struck by a car than on the average city street.
Cameras started issuing warnings on Aug. 25, the start of a 30-day period that ends on Saturday. The warnings have already reduced top-end speeding along the corridor, where about 25,000 vehicles travel each day and the speed limit is 40 mph:
“Speed Safety Cameras have a proven track record in other cities, and are already showing their effectiveness in Portland,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat, “For us to reach our Vision Zero goal of ending traffic fatalities and serious injuries, we need tools like these cameras. Thanks to the City Council and state Legislature, we can use this proven tool and save lives.” “It's amazing to see how quickly these safety cameras have reduced dangerous speeding on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “I'm so glad these cameras have already improved safety on a busy street where pedestrians face a terribly high crash rate."
VIDEO: Safety cameras recorded video of a white SUV traveling at 72 mph, available at the PBOT YouTube channel.
The installation on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is the first safety camera installation since the City of Portland and community safety advocates convinced the state Legislature in 2015 to pass HB 2621, which allows them to be used on High Crash Corridors in the Portland city limits. The City of Portland has been using other cameras to supplement speed enforcement for years, with police officers in vans enforcing speed limit violations. Portland also uses cameras to increase enforcement compliance with red lights at traffic signals.
Safety Cameras are a proven safety tool that can reduce dangerous speeding and save lives. The cameras are mounted along High Crash Corridors and when people driving past them exceed the posted speed limit, they capture photos and video for review by Portland Police. The Speed Safety Cameras issued warnings for the first 30 days of operation. An officer from the Portland Police Bureau will review violations before a citation is issued. The typical fine will be $160.
HB 2621 requires that money received from the speeding tickets can only be spent to cover the cost of the program or pay for safety improvements and programs on High Crash Corridors. Additional cameras will be installed during by spring 2017 at SE 122nd Avenue between Foster and Powell Boulevards, Marine Drive and Outer SE Division Street.
Photo by Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
The Speed Safety Cameras program provides ample warning to people driving in the area. State law requires speed signage and speed reader boards to be installed on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway warning drivers more than 100 yards in advance of the cameras in both directions. PBOT staff also conducted extensive outreach with local neighborhood associations as well as more than 75 businesses and community organizations to raise awareness of the changes along the corridor, before the cameras were installed.
In addition to the new cameras, PBOT is delivering three additional safety and maintenance projects on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway beginning this fall that reflect the goals of the Southwest Community Plan and the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway High Crash Corridor Safety Plan.
Among the included projects:
The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero – the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many. Vision Zero prevents traffic deaths through smart policy and system design. Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.
(September 19, 2016) Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Director Leah Treat celebrated the first groundbreaking of the Fixing Our Streets program today at a base repair project at the intersection of SE 104th and Bush.
The Fixing Our Streets program is the result of the passage of Measure 26-173, a ten cent tax on motor vehicle fuels and Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to street repair and traffic safety projects. Passed on May 17th, 2016, Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years. $8.6 million of the Fixing Our Streets funding will go towards base repair projects, as per the project list that was passed by Portlanders. In May, the Portland City Council also unanimously passed a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. This separate tax for vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds will also fund the Fixing Our Streets program.
Fixing Our Streets includes paving, base repair, sidewalks, crossings, neighborhood greenways, safe routes to school, high crash corridors, protected bike lanes and alternative street design projects that will all have a significant impact on neighborhoods across Portland. An interactive map of Fixing Our Streets projects can be viewed atmap.fixingourstreets.com.
Base repair projects fix those portions of a street that have failed from top to bottom. The goal of these base repair projects is to prevent the structural failure from spreading to other parts of the street. Thanks to Fixing Our Streets, PBOT will be able to increase the amount of base repair projects it does each year. The project at SE 104th and Bush is a high volume street one block south of Powell Boulevard, adjacent to Ed Benedict Park and the Portland Memory Garden and only a few blocks from Earl Boyles Elementary School.
In addition, Fixing Our Streets will allow PBOT to complete 12 major paving projects over the four years of the program. These projects add up to approximately 30 miles of streets that will be restored to very good condition.
“This groundbreaking is one of my proudest moments as transportation commissioner. For the past 30 years, Portland hasn’t made the investments necessary to keep up with basic road maintenance and street repair,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “By approving the gas tax, Portlanders have made a huge statement: they would rather invest resources in improving our streets now, than let our streets continue to deteriorate. I’m proud of Portlanders and I’m proud of the extensive list of projects we’re now going to be able to complete throughout the City.”
“Today is the first day of better streets in Portland. Today, we are kicking off the Fixing Our Streets road repair and traffic safety program and delivering on our promise to Portlanders who were willing to tax themselves for better streets and safer neighborhoods,” said Director Leah Treat. “When voters passed Measure 26-173 in May, they put their trust in PBOT and the City to do what we said and fix our streets. Today, we start proving their trust was well placed.”
PBOT has negotiated an intergovernmental agreement with the Oregon Department of Transportation to collect the fuels tax on behalf of the City of Portland. Fuels tax collection will begin no later than January 1, 2017.
With budget authority from City Council, PBOT has already begun to work on small, but vital projects like the base repair project at SE 104th and Bush. The bureau is also working on the initial design work for the larger paving projects that are set to start next spring and summer.
Program details can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com.
Additional photos from today's event can be viewed at: https://flic.kr/s/aHskDTCLN1
(September 15, 2016) – Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced that Chris Warner will join PBOT as the bureau’s new Assistant Director. Warner, currently Commissioner Steve Novick’s Chief of Staff, will bring over two decades of government and public policy experience to the position. Warner will start on November 14th and will replace current Assistant Director Maurice Henderson, who has been named Mayor-elect Ted Wheeler’s Chief of Staff and Director of Strategic Initiatives.
“I asked Chris to join PBOT, and I’m thrilled that he agreed to take this position,” said Director Leah Treat. “As Commissioner Novick’s Chief of Staff, Chris has been a partner with PBOT on some of Portland’s most important transportation initiatives, including Vision Zero, Fixing our Streets, BIKETOWN and the overhaul of the Private-for-Hire system. Having served for six years as Governor Kulongoski’s senior transportation advisor, he has key relationships around the state. This wealth of transportation expertise and government experience will be invaluable as PBOT moves forward with its mission to get Portlanders from place to place, safely, easily and sustainably.”
“Chris is the ideal choice for this position,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “Over the last four years, I have consistently relied on Chris’s policy expertise and sound political judgment. In fact, one of the key reasons that I requested to oversee the Bureau of Transportation is that I wanted Portland to benefit from Chris’s broad transportation expertise. I extremely grateful for his wise counsel and his dedicated service to the people of Portland. He’s an effective manager and has guided my office with a sure hand. I’m confident he will have an immediate impact at PBOT; the bureau is lucky to have him."
"Chris embodies the required knowledge, insight and experience from all levels of government I would expect this position to hold,” said Alando Simpson, member of the Oregon Transportation Commission and Vice President and owner of Rose City Disposal and Recycling. “I'm looking forward to seeing what types of sustainable and innovative approaches he brings to the table for PBOT and most importantly, the City of Portland!"
Along with Governor Kulongoski and Commissioner Novick, Warner has held senior management and leadership positions with Senator Ron Wyden and Multnomah County Commissioner Loretta Smith. He also worked as a legislative assistant responsible for transportation issues for US Representative Peter DeFazio. As Senior Transportation Policy Advisor for Governor Kulongoski, Warner successfully shepherded both the original 2005 ConnectOregon legislation and the 2009 Jobs and Transportation Act, the largest transportation in state history, through the Legislature.
To facilitate a smooth transition, Warner will remain with Commissioner Novick through early November. He will be succeeded by Katie Shriver as Commissioner Novick’s Chief of Staff. Maurice Henderson will join Mayor-elect Wheeler’s transition team starting November 1st.
(Sept. 15, 2016) Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane and Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat gathered today with community leaders to celebrate an agreement that will bring sidewalks, safer crossings and more transit service to East Portland.
After hearing from East Portland community members that improved bus service was a top priority, Commissioner Steve Novick discussed the community’s needs with TriMet. Novick found that many of the sidewalk and crosswalk projects in the East Portland in Motion Plan would make it easier to get to transit and potentially improve bus ridership.
The City Council approved Novick’s request for $3.1 million from the City’s General Fund to build sidewalks and crosswalk safety improvements. The improvements start this fall, with new sidewalks on NE Prescott Street. Improved bus service began Sept. 4, when TriMet created Line 73-122nd Ave. to increase rush hour frequency.
"I heard repeatedly four years ago from residents of East Portland that improved bus service on 122nd was a priority. I first raised the issue with TriMet in February of 2012, and at that point they didn't see an immediate path to more frequent service. Subsequently, however, TriMet said that they could more easily justify service improvements if we were able to make safety improvements along the route to make it easier to access bus stops—the same kind of safety improvements that East Portlanders have been advocating for years. We have now committed more than $6 million to make those improvements, on last year's budget and through the Fix Our Streets measure—and TriMet is delivering on its promise. Today, we celebrate years of work and collaboration by TriMet, the City, and especially the people of East Portland."
On Sept. 4, TriMet rolled out the first phase of service enhancements in this area, which included splitting Line 71-60th Ave/122nd Ave into two bus lines. The renamed 71-60th Ave line continues to run on the same frequency along 60th Avenue between Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center and Clackamas Town Center. The newly created line, named Line 73-122nd Ave, operates at increased rush hour frequency between Parkrose/Sumner Transit Center and SE 94th and Foster.
“When looking at expanding service, we also look for ways to increase the overall access to transit, including sidewalks and safe crossings,” McFarlane said. “This partnership is allowing TriMet and PBOT to improve mobility, transit access and safety for riders, who are pedestrians first and last for every trip.”
The improvements are part of PBOT’s effort to achieve Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating fatalities and serious injuries from our streets. The approach includes changing street design so mistakes made while traveling do not result in deaths or serious injuries. It also includes education and enforcement efforts that have been shown to reduce fatalities.
“Commissioner Novick has shown great leadership on Vision Zero,” Treat said. “The funding he secured from the City Council for sidewalks and safer crossings on this High Crash Corridor will be a great step in our efforts as a Vision Zero city. Thanks to East Portland community advocates and collaboration from TriMet, we are making it safer for people to walk and take transit, which will reduce pollution and give people healthier transportation options.”
PBOT’s 122nd Avenue Area Safety Improvements project is investing $3.1 million in sidewalks and safer pedestrian crossings along a 6-mile corridor from NE Prescott Street to SE Foster Road, with construction from fall 2016 through fall 2017. Sidewalk improvements, new pedestrian islands and new rapid flash beacons are targeted at locations that will improve access to public transit and reduce the likelihood of fatal crashes. Learn more at the project web site.
The Fixing Our Streets program will fund additional improvements in the area, with funds approved in May when voters passed Measure 26-173, the four-year, 10-cent Portland gas tax. Over the coming years, as capital investments are completed, TriMet will continue to roll out additional bus service enhancements until Frequent Service levels are reached on the Line 73-122nd Ave. Once complete, the Line 73 will join the MAX and the other 13 designated Frequent Service bus lines that offer 15-minute of better service intervals.
TriMet’s Frequent Service lines—which carry roughly 58 percent of all bus trips—connect the regional hubs where many riders live and work. In addition to providing more frequency, these lines have a number of features designed to make trips easier, faster and more comfortable including new shelters and sign poles, ADA-compliant landings and curb ramps, bus stop re-spacing and curb extensions, and improved pedestrian access.
PBOT includes 122nd Avenue among the city’s 10 High Crash Corridors. The rate of pedestrian crashes is about 50 percent higher than the citywide average. The average distance between pedestrian signals or median islands is more than a quarter mile, or about 1,400 feet.