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News Blog: New Harbor trail opens, better connecting Downtown to South Waterfront

By Ryan Kost
Portland Bureau of Transportation 

(Sept. 26, 2014) -- The Harbor trail, a new segment in the connection from downtown Portland to the South Waterfront, opened this week – and just in time too.

On Monday, the fall term starts for Portland State University students. That’s nothing new, of course. But this term, for the first time, nearly 2,500 students and faculty members will be making a weekly pilgrimage to the waterfront where the new Collaborative Life Sciences Building just opened.

The new link, which is now complete with traffic signal and crosswalk improvements at the SW Harrison St. and SW Harbor Dr. intersection, is a wide, off-road path just off the southeast corner of the intersection.

Before the addition, those on foot or bike would have to follow SW River Parkway to head south to the SW Moody cycle track. The new path, funded by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and built along with the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, means a more direct and more comfortable ride or walk down.

“We’re very excited about it,” said Ian Stude, PSU’s transportation and parking director. “It shaves a couple minutes off the walk and provides a comfortable place to be.

“I think it’ll see a lot of use.”

And not just from the PSU community, says PBOT’s Teresa Boyle. The new trail, she said, is a huge benefit for anybody walking or cycling between downtown and the South Waterfront – and points beyond. 


(Photos: Ryan Kost/Portland Bureau of Transportation)

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on NE Tillamook Street next week between 72nd and 82nd avenues

(September 26, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures of NE Tillamook Street from NE 72nd Avenue to NE 82nd Avenue from Monday, September 29, through Friday, October 3, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday. Some work may also be done next weekend.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind 1.52 lane miles in preparation for paving.

Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work.

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.

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Traffic Advisory: One block of SW Clay Street to close September 27-28, 2014

(September 26, 2014) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that a series of crane lifts at the Marriott Hotel will close SW Clay Street between SW Naito Pkwy and SW First Ave this weekend. The closure takes effect from Saturday, September 27 at 6 am through Sunday, September 28 at 6 p.m.

A detour will be in effect during those times.  Westbound traffic from SW Harbor Drive and northbound  SW Naito Parkway will be directed to SW Jefferson St.  Westbound traffic from southbound SW Naito Parkway will be directed to SW Harrison St.

Pedestrians may use the south sidewalk on SW Clay St.  People on bicycles may use either SW Naito Parkway or Waterfront Park.

The closure is necessary to allow a crane to lift materials to the roof of the Marriott Hotel.

The public is advised to travel cautiously in the work zone and to observe detours. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes if possible.

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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close NE Halsey Street on Saturday 9/27 from NE 60th to 70th avenues

(September 24, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require the closure of NE Halsey Street from NE 60th Avenue to NE 70th Avenue on Saturday, September 27, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

This closure will allow crews to pave 1.49 lane miles.  Traffic will be detoured onto NE Glisan Street.

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.

Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work.  This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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News release: Mayor Hales to join Sunday Parkways in Southwest Portland this weekend; final event of the 2014 season

(September 23, 2014) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will host the final Sunday Parkways of the season September 28 in Southwest Portland. Mayor Charlie Hales will join with Southwest Portlanders and thousands of others to bicycle, walk, stroll, roll and dance along the six-mile round-trip route of traffic-free streets.

 

“Sunday Parkways are a terrific opportunity to get to know a specific section of Portland. You can study maps, you can drive around, but nothing beats the feeling of pedaling through this great city.  Come join us for the last event of the season,” said Mayor Charlie Hales.

Hilly Southwest Portland incorporates Gabriel Park and the two vibrant business districts: Hillsdale Shopping Center and Multnomah Village. Music, vendors and activities are located in the park and marketplaces and along the route. The event is free and takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Southwest event also offers the only walkers-only route that includes 4.5 miles of streets, paths, stairs and pedestrian bridges. This walking route shows off some of the signed and marked SW Trails that weave through neighborhoods and provide important connections and shortcuts to many Southwest destinations. 

Last year, severe weather led to the cancellation of the Southwest Portland event, the only Sunday Parkways to be cancelled in the series’ seven-year history. This Sunday’s forecast is for mild conditions and offers a great chance to get out and enjoy the fun, healthy physical activity.

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, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Food Front Cooperative Grocery.

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.

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