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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on SE Harrison Street from SE Hemlock to 26th avenues week of Jan.6

(January 2, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Harrison Street between SE Hemlock Avenue in Ladd’s Addition and SE 26th Avenue from Monday, January 6 through Friday, January 10, 9 a.m. through 3 p.m. each day. 

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.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to grind down the existing pavement in preparation for repaving .99 lane miles of the street.  If weather permits, crews will complete paving during the week. In case of wet weather, crews will return to the site for paving at a later date.

 

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Traffic Advisory: SE Water Avenue street improvements to close lanes weekdays 1/10 to 1/15 from SE Alder to Stark streets

(January 8, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on the two-block stretch of SE Water Avenue between SE Alder and SE Stark streets. The work takes place from Friday, January 10 through Wednesday, January 15, 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. each weekday. 

One traffic lane will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to grind down the existing pavement in preparation for repaving .33 lane miles of the street.  If weather permits, crews will complete paving during the week. In case of wet weather, crews will return to the site for paving at a later date.

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

 

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News Release: Portland Aerial Tram reaches new height: 10 million riders and counting

(January 9, 2014) –  The Portland Aerial Tram reached another significant milestone this week, surpassing 10 million riders since opening in 2007. 

Angie Egan, accompanied by her three children, became the 10 millionth person to ride the tram at 10:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2014.  To celebrate the historic ride, Angie received an invitation to attend an exclusive private dinner party aboard the Portland Aerial Tram for her and up to three additional adults.  Angie and her guests will enjoy dinner as they slowly glide above the city enjoying incredible views of the City lights.  

Since the Portland Aerial Tram’s opened in 2007, it has become a popular tourist attraction as well as a vital connection between South Waterfront and Oregon Health & Science University’s hillside campus.

In addition to the 10 millionth ridership mark,  the Portland Aerial Tram also has:

  • Traveled the equivalent of more than 234,000 miles  – or 98% of the distance between earth and the moon.
  • Each year eliminates the need for two million vehicle miles, saving 93,000 gallons of gas and reducing greenhouse gases by more than 1,000 tons annually.
  • Made 345,549 trips. The tram has operated a total of 23,988 hours.

 

About the Portland Aerial Tram

The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and operated by Oregon Health & Science University.    It opened to the public on Jan. 27, 2007. The cabins, named Walt and Jean, travel 3,300 linear feet between the South Waterfront terminal adjacent to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, and the upper terminal at the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's main campus. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the tram cabins rise 500 feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, the Lair Hill neighborhood and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway. Visit http://gobytram.com . Find the tram on Twitter @PortlandTram  and Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/portlandaerialtram

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News Advisory: Transportation Bureau preparing for heavy rains and wind tonight, tomorrow

(January 10, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation is preparing for heavy rain and wind that the National Weather Service is forecasting for tonight and tomorrow and advising the public to be alert to the possibility of localized flooding and downed tree limbs or other hazards in the roadway.

The City recommends Portlanders monitor conditions where they are traveling, watch the forecast, and use www.PublicAlerts.org or Twitter @publicalerts as their source for emergency updates. Public Alerts provides links to street closures, highway road conditions, transit schedules and service alerts, and other emergency information. The Bureau of Transportation asks people to drive carefully and allow for extra distance when traveling in heavy weather conditions or when visibility is low.

Strong winds may bring fallen trees, tree limbs, and power lines in streets and yards.  Citizens can call transportation dispatch at 503-823-1700 to report debris, mud, rocks, trees, or branches blocking a road.   Report a downed power line in thePortlandarea to PGE at 503-464-7777 or PP&L at 1-888-221-7070. Do not try to free lines or to remove tree limbs from lines by yourself.

The Transportation Bureau is adding a crew and dispatcher on Saturday to handle an expected increase in calls to remove road hazards,  clear any clogged storm drains, and close roads temporarily in case of standing water.

Standing water possible: If heavy rain falls in a short period, travelers may encounter standing water in certain areas. The city is prepared to close any streets that may flood and set up detours as necessary. Citizens may also report standing water to 503-823-1700.

Landslide risk low: The risk of landslides is low because November and December were relatively dry and soils are dry enough to absorb rainwater, but crews are ready to respond as needed. If a landslide occurs at night, crews will close the street and wait until daylight when it is safe to work on clearing debris.

Check storm drains for debris that can prevent water from draining: Citizens are advised to check nearby storm drains and clear any debris from them to prevent local street flooding.  The risk of leaves clogging storm drains is low because both citizens and transportation crews cleared streets and storm drains this fall. As part of the Transportation Bureau’s six-week Leaf Day pick up service, crews removed 14,621 cubic yards of leaves from city streets November and December. Those leaves are now being composted at the bureau’s Sunderland Yard in NE Portland.

Because of icy conditions in December, two neighborhoods received a partial leaf clean up with crews scheduled to return for a final sweep in the coming weeks. They are inner Northwest Portland between W. Burnside and NW Marshall streets, and west of I-405 to NW   21st Avenue, and a portion of inner Southwest Portland, an irregularly shaped area roughly between W. Burnside to Jefferson streets and west of I-405 to SW Vista Avenue. Especially in those areas, citizens are advised to check their nearby storm drains and clear any debris from them. Do not remove storm grates; if a storm drain is clogged below the grate, call transportation dispatch at 503-823-1700.

Flooding risk low: Although no flooding is expected for Johnson Creek, Fanno Creek and other rivers and streams inPortland, City crews have stocked sand pile and sand bag locations for any Portland resident or business owner who wants to protect their property. Sand and sand bags are provided at no charge; please bring your own shovel. The following self-service locations are stocked:

  • SE 88th Ave just south of Holgate Blvd in the parking lot atLentsPark,
  • SE 111th Ave and Harold St at the southeast corner of the intersection, and
  • SW 42nd Ave and Vermont St in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park.

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Traffic Advisory: SE Yamhill St to be paved this week from SE 69th to 76th avenues

(January 13, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Yamhill Street between SE 69th Avenue and SE 76th Avenue from Tuesday, January 14 through Friday, January 17, 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. each day. 

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.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to repave .93 lane miles of the street that was previously ground down. 

This work is dependent on dry weather and the schedule may change.

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