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After holding a news conference on SE Stark Street and 113th Avenue, U.S. Rep Earl Blumenauer crosses at the new pedestrian safety beacon along with Leah Treat, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, City Commissioner Steve Novick and ODOT Region 1 Interim Manager Rian Windsheimer. At the same time, Portland Police held a crosswalk enforcement action at the crossing to highlight back to school safety. Photo credit: Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation
(September 2, 2014) - As efforts continue to increase funding for longstanding transportation safety and maintenance needs throughout Portland, U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer joined local and state officials and community partners today to celebrate the installation of new pedestrian flashing beacons at five busy East Portland intersections.
The five new beacons, which flash yellow when a pedestrian pushes a button, give a needed safety boost to the intersections, all of which cross multi-lane busy streets in East Portland. These pedestrian safety improvements, part of a package of 18 new beacons, were made possible by state funding secured last spring by East Portland Legislators.
“These safety improvements are effective and affordable solutions,” said Congressman Earl Blumenauer. “I commend the hard work of officials at both the City of Portland and the State of Oregon for working together for the common goal of transportation safety.”
“Standing here at SE 113th and Stark, it’s clear that this busy, multilane street will now be safer and easier to cross for everyone, especially kids going to and from Ventura Park Elementary School and to Ventura Park,” said City Commissioner Steve Novick as he gathered with Congressman Blumenauer, State Rep. Vega Pederson and other officials and community members.
Community members have long identified these intersections as needing improvements. The Portland Bureau of Transportation committed to installing the first five by the start of the school year.In addition to SE 113th Ave. and Stark Street, the four other beacons activated at busy intersections are at: SE 120th Ave. and Foster Road, NE 141st Ave. and Glisan Street, SE 122nd Ave. and Stephens Street and SE 122nd Ave. and Oregon Street. The State of Oregon has also installed a beacon on US Route 26 at SE Powell Boulevard and 168th Avenue. The others will be installed over the next few months.
“These improvements are significant. A motorist is five times more likely to stop for a pedestrian at crossings with beacons than one without,” Novick added. “That can be a matter of life and death on a busy, wide street. I appreciate the collaborative effort with the state and federal government to make these needed infrastructure improvements throughout the city.”
"It's a strong step forward for East Portland to have more ways for kids to travel safely to school,” said Oregon State Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson. “There's more work to be done, but this is a great example of a partnership that should and must continue. The entire East Portland delegation and I will continue to advocate for safety improvements in East Portland."
Novick and Leah Treat, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, also pointed to a map of Portland showing the new beacon locations as well as many more intersections in need of safety improvements.
“As a mother of four kids, I care deeply about safe crossings and want to make sure all kids can walk and bike to school safely,” Treat said. “These safety beacons are an important tool and support our philosophy that any road fatality is one too many.”
“The beacon you see today, along with 17 others throughout the city that have been or will be installed were paid for with $1.9 million in ODOT transportation funds,” said ODOT Region 1 Interim Manager Rian Windsheimer. “I want to thank our East Portland legislators and Commissioner Novick for their leadership and commitment to transportation safety. It will take all of us, working together, to improve safety for all modes.”
As officials dedicate the new rapid flash beacons, Portland Police and the Portland Bureau of Transportation held a crosswalk enforcement action to highlight pedestrian safety at the crossing. Portland Police and PBOT will hold another crosswalk enforcement action on Friday morning at NE 22nd Avenue and Killingsworth Street in which Treat will be the designated pedestrian.
Police, PBOT to hold crosswalk enforcement action at same time to highlight back-to-school safety awareness
(August 29, 2014) - As efforts continue to increase funding for longstanding transportation safety and maintenance needs throughout Portland, officials are holding a news conference showcasing new pedestrian flashing beacons in East Portland. The safety beacons were made possible by state funding secured last spring and are being activated, as promised, by the start of the school year. An additional 12 will be installed over the next few months.
As officials dedicate the new rapid flash beacons, Portland Police and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will also hold a crosswalk enforcement action to highlight pedestrian safety as children get ready to return to school.
WHERE: SE Stark Street and 113th Avenue, near Ventura Park Elementary School
WHEN: 1:30 p.m. news conference with 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. crosswalk enforcement action by Portland Police and PBOT
(August 21, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that lane restriping to create safety improvements will require lane closures and temporary parking removal on NW Everett Street on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24, 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. each day. The work zone will extend from NW Westover Road to NW 14th Avenue.
The parking removal and lane closures are necessary to allow crews to implement new lane striping configurations. One travel lane will remain open at all times. Parking will be restored when restriping is complete.
When finished, NW Everett Street will have these new features:
The left-side bike lane and removal of the bike box improve safety by eliminating the conflict that had existed between bikes going straight and vehicles turning right onto the freeway. The expanded bike lane serves a growing demand for safe bicycle options and improves connectivity for people bicycling from Northwest Portland over the I-405 overpass.
The changes are expected to have minimal impact on motor vehicle traffic times, while improving motor vehicle travel and safety at the NW 18th and 16th Avenue intersections. PBOT staff are monitoring vehicle traffic travel times through the area and will make adjustments as needed after the improvements are installed.
The improvements also will make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross NW Everett Street.
To prepare for restriping, parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays prior to the start of work. Parking restrictions on NW Everett Street will be in place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day. Any vehicles that are not in compliance with this restriction will be subject to tow.
This work is being done on a weekend to minimize traffic disruptions. The public still is advised to expect delays while striping improvements 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.
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(August 19, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE 52nd Avenue between SE Powell Boulevard and SE Division Street on Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to pave 1.68 lane miles. When paving is complete, SE 52nd Avenue will be restriped to add a six-foot bicycle lane on either side of the street. More information on the ‘50s Bikeway Project may be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/53345
While crews are working, one traffic lane will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.
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.
(August 19, 2014) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will host the fourth Sunday Parkways of the season August 24 in Southeast Portland. Southeast Portlanders and thousands of others are expected to turn out to bicycle, walk, stroll, roll and dance along the seven miles of traffic-free streets.
The Southeast Portland route connects Colonel Summers Park, Laurelhurst Park, Ivon Park and Universal Cycles Marketplace. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and marketplaces and along the route. The event is free and takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Universal Cycles, located at SE 22nd Avenue and Ankeny Street along the route, is hosting a free block party organized by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Portland Sunday Parkways invites everyone to stop by and enjoy family-friendly games, food and drink. Proceeds from beverage sales will go towards supporting Sunday Parkways.
Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The five events of the season are held once a month from May to September and take place in a different neighborhood each time.
Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with its many community partners, including presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and other community partners: Portland Parks & Recreation, Universal Cycles, Renaissance Homes, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods Market, NW Natural, Clif Kid, Metro, Franz Bakery, Everett Custom Homes, AARP of Oregon, ODOT, Car2Go, and Portland General Electric.
Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.
For more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.