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News Release: Oregon’s first Speed Safety Cameras now operational on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway

(Aug. 25, 2016) -- The first Speed Safety Cameras in Oregon are now operational on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and will begin issuing warnings today to drivers who exceed the road’s posted 40 mph speed limit.

Vision Zero Portland logoThe 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.

“No family should lose a loved one to reckless speeding,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “The connection between death and high speeds is clear. Unfortunately, too many people continue to disregard the fact that safe speeds save lives. That’s why the implementation of these new Speed Safety Cameras is so important - they are a proven tool for reducing speeding.”

“Speed Safety Cameras are a critical tool for addressing unsafe driving speeds on Portland’s High Crash Corridors,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat, “We have an imperative to address the high rate of fatalities happening along these roads and to keep Portlanders safe - whether they are walking, bicycling or driving.”

Safety Cameras on BH Hwy

Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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 will issue warnings for the first 30 days of operation, and issue citations starting Sept. 24. An officer from the Portland Police Bureau will review violations before a citation is issued. The typical fine will be $160. Any money received from the tickets pays for the program and safety improvements on the corridor. Additional cameras will be installed during winter and spring 2017 at SE 122nd Avenue between Foster and Powell Boulevards, Marine Drive and Outer SE Division Street.

In addition to the new cameras, PBOT is delivering three additional safety and maintenance projects on a section of 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:

  • Paving maintenance: PBOT will perform a two-inch grind and pave maintenance project, resulting in new pavement from SW 21st/Bertha Court to SW 35th Avenue to be delivered this fall 2016.
  • Safety Demonstration Project: PBOT will deliver a Safety Demonstration Project on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in spring 2017. The project includes a new marked pedestrian crossing with a median island with Rapid Flashing Beacons at 35th Avenue, a protected pedestrian/bike lane space, reduced travel lane widths, and new ADA-compliant pedestrian curb ramps.
  • Stormwater Improvements: PBOT and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) are partnering to install stormwater curb extensions on at Shattuck. These will shorten the pedestrian crossings and ADA curb ramps will be constructed at all corners. Construction will be completed in the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

Speed reader board

Photo by Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

New speed signage and speed reader boards were also installed on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway warning drivers in advance of the cameras in both directions. Additionally, PBOT staff conducted extensive outreach with local neighborhood associations as well as over 75 businesses and community organizations to raise awareness of the changes along the corridor.

Death rate by various speeds

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.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SW Gaines Street from SW 11th Avenue to US Veterans Hospital Road, August 24 – September 2

(August 23, 2016) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Gaines Street from SW 11th Avenue to US Veterans Hospital Road on Wednesday, August 24, through Friday, September 2, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.21 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

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.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Release: Cooler temperatures Sunday to make for a perfect Portland Sunday Parkways in SE Portland

(August 19, 2016) - This summer’s fourth City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is coming to Southeast Portland this Sunday, August 21. People walking, biking and rolling will have the opportunity to enjoy a 7 mile loop of traffic-free streets from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. This weekend’s route will take participants on a tour of Southeast Portland neighborhoods via Laurelhurst, Sewallcrest, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks where they will be able to stop and enjoy an ice cream cone or other snacks, listen to tunes and join activities like slip n slide, hula-hooping, rock-climbing, and live concerts.

Sunday Parkways SE

Over half of the Southeast Sunday Parkways route is within the BIKETOWN bike share service area. For the duration of the event (11am - 4pm) BIKETOWN - Portland Bike Share will waive all out-of-area fees. The Sunday Parkways route map includes the locations of nearby BIKETOWN kiosks where people can pick up a bike. Download the BIKETOWN app to your mobile phone to sign up or visit the BIKETOWN Ambassadors at Col. Summers Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a test ride and to become a member.

The public is also invited to participate in two additional PBOT-sponsored open streets events on Saturday, Aug. 20: Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks on ‘the Green Loop’ and the Jade International Night Market. Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks is a one-day event connecting the North and South Park Blocks from NW Hoyt to SW Market through the creation of a comfortable walking route with minimal motor vehicle traffic interruption. The Oregon Walkways event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a variety of children’s activities as well as music and food carts along the route. People interested in attending the 2016 International Open Streets Summit public keynote session at Portland State University can join a kick-off walk from Ankeny Pedestrian Plaza by Bailey’s Tap Room to the Summit at PSU at 11 a.m.

The third annual Jade International Night Market will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. at SE 82nd Avenue and Division Street. Portland’s multicultural communities come out in full force each August to celebrate one of East Portland's biggest events. The Night Market features international cuisine from local businesses, cultural performances, and a celebration and recognition of the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland. Last year the night market drew nearly 20,000 people to support small businesses, community organizations, and cultural groups.

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.

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

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

Sunday Parkways sponsors

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News Blog: Flanders Crossing to be built over I-405, connecting Pearl District to Northwest District

By Amber Shackelford, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(August 19, 2016) - Portland’s next bridge won’t be built over water, but instead over I-405. Today it was announced that the Flanders Crossing bridge has been funded by the Oregon Transportation Commission and that construction could begin as soon as April 2018. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is providing $3 million of the $5.9 million cost; $2,877,000 is coming from the state’s ConnectOregon program.

 Flanders Crossing Rendering

The bridge’s design was chosen after a thorough evaluation process that examined the best options in regards to equity, environmental concerns, and economic prosperity. The bridge, designed to be about 250 feet long and 24 feet wide, will be for pedestrians and people on bikes, with no lanes for car traffic or transit. On each side of the bridge will be a 6 foot sidewalk for pedestrians, and on the inside will be two 6 foot lanes for bicycles. This separation of uses eliminates any conflicts between bicycles and pedestrians. Also included in the project are new crossings at NW 15th and 16th to help people get onto and off of the bridge.

Strong support for Flanders Crossing was shared throughout the adjacent neighborhood and the business communities, including the Pearl District Neighborhood Association, Northwest District Neighborhood Association, Pearl District Business Association, the Pacific Northwest College of Art and more. This support shows that people are beginning to understand the value of biking and walking. Not only are they healthier and more sustainable alternatives to driving, but they can also assist in building the economy and community. With all of these factors, it’s clear that Flanders Crossing will be an important and worthwhile addition to Portland’s transportation network.

flanders crossing mapRight now, there are no crossings like this over I-405. All other options for people on foot or bike essentially require crossing freeway onramps. These routes are often congested and do not provide sufficient space for those using active transportation. The Flanders Crossing will provide a safer alternative and will open up the option of walking and biking to people who don’t feel comfortable crossing the freeway at other locations.

The predicted numbers for how many people will use Flanders Crossing are huge. Including the potential neighborhood greenway, there could be an estimated 9,100 daily trips across Flanders Crossing. Although this number combines walking and biking trips, it is still around five times the amount of bike rides taken across the Tilikum Crossing each day.

How could this comparatively smaller bridge generate so much usage? The key is in the location. Over the past couple years, more and more housing has been built in the Pearl District, and more jobs have been cropping up in the Northwest District. The ability to live and work in a thriving downtown area where active modes of transportation are all you need to get around is drawing top talent. This draw in turn attracts businesses that want those talented individuals working with them. This dynamic is what has businesses such as Airbnb and Vestas supporting the Flanders Crossing project. The bridge will provide a crucial link for people living and working in different parts of NW Portland.  

The bridge is not the only plan the City has to improve active travel in this area. The overall plan is to build a neighborhood greenway on Flanders stretching from NW 24th to the Steel Bridge, with Flanders Crossing being part of that. This greenway would create a low-stress east-west path through the city. Although the funds received only cover the project and not the improvements necessary to implement a neighborhood greenway the City is committed to the entire project and is actively seeking ways to make it happen.

And, if all of these reasons aren’t enough, Flanders Crossing could also serve a critical role in the event of an earthquake. Since it would be built to modern seismic standards, the bridge would be designed to be resilient to a 9.0 quake - meaning it may be the only route left standing to cross I-405 were such an earthquake to occur. This resilience will allow people on foot and on bike, as well as emergency vehicles, to cross over this divide.

From the safe passage it will provide, to the opportunities it will open up, and the economy it will help promote, PBOT is very excited to be making Flanders Crossing a reality.

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About PBOT

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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

About ConnectOregon

ConnectOregon focuses on improving connections among modes of travel while supporting Oregon’s economy. Dedicated to non-highway projects, ConnectOregon was first approved by the Oregon legislature in 2005 and has funded more than 180 marine/ports, aviation, public transit, bike/ped and rail projects around the state with more than $380 million in funds generated by lottery-backed bonds.

For ConnectOregon VI, 75 applications, requesting a total of $88,402,249, were evaluated by modal committees and regional committees before going to the Final Review Committee. ConnectOregon includes grants for private sector applicants, municipalities, cities, counties, governing organizations, and other transportation-related entities. Considerations for qualified projects include reducing transportation costs for Oregon businesses, economic benefit to the state, critical links connecting transportation modes, readiness for construction, project cost borne by the applicant, and project useful life expectancy the offers maximum benefit to the state. To see details about the program and the projects, visit the ConnectOregon website.

 

Traffic Advisory: Go by BIKETOWN, Portland Streetcar during TriMet’s Rose Quarter Improvements project Sun., Aug 21 – Sat., Sept. 3

BIKETOWN offers $1 discount to new users to make using bike share an easier option during MAX construction

(Aug. 19, 2016) The traveling public is advised to plan ahead for transit delays and street closures during TriMet’s Rose Quarter MAX Improvements project. The project will require the disruption of MAX Blue, Green and Red lines and reduced frequency on all lines from Sunday, Aug. 21 through Saturday, Sept. 3. The construction will close some streets, crosswalks and sidewalks in the Rose Quarter area on Saturday, Aug. 20 through Wednesday, Sept. 7.

TriMet is advising riders to alter their trips to avoid the main commuting hours or use other transportation options such as TriMet regular bus service, Portland Streetcar, or consider biking and walking options, including the BIKETOWN bike sharing system during the two-week project.

  • Westbound travelers can access the Portland Streetcar stop at NE 7th Avenue and Holladay to catch the A Loop to PSU via OMSI, or access the stop at NE Grand and Multnomah to catch the B Loop to PSU via the Pearl District.
  • Eastbound travelers may consider catching Portland Steetcar A Loop stops on SW 10th Avenue or B Loop stops on SW 11th Avenue to reach the Lloyd District area and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave MAX station.
  • BIKETOWN stations located at NE Wheeler at Multnomah, NE Holladay at MLK, NE Multnomah at Grand, NE Multnomah at 9th and NE 11th at Holladay Park will be open and available for TriMet riders looking to connect between trains at the Interstate/Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center/NE 11th MAX stations or to finish their trips into or out of the Central City.

Three MAX stations will be closed: Rose Quarter, Convention Center and NE 7th Ave. Shuttle buses will run between the Interstate/Rose Quarter and Lloyd Center/NE 11th Ave stations, and serve stops near closed stations.

People biking or walking in the area are encouraged to use NE Multnomah Street, which has protected bike lanes and sidewalks. The BIKETOWN bike share program is a convenient option for MAX riders needing to reach downtown, the Central Eastside, or other destinations in central Portland.

BIKETOWN has created a special $1 off promotion for new users who are looking for options during the MAX improvements project. A discount code: CONNECT1 is good for $1 off a Single Ride pass for new users only. Valid thru Sept. 4, 2016.

The best way to use this code is to set up an account in the mobile App.

https://www.biketownpdx.com/how-it-works/get-the-app

People interested in using BIKETOWN can download the app in the App Store or Google Play, set up an account on BIKETOWN’s website or sign up at any BIKETOWN kiosk. The closest Rose Quarter kiosk is located in front of the Oregon Convention Center at NE Holladay at MLK. A detailed BIKETOWN system map can be viewed at: www.biketownpdx.com/map

Rose Quarter BIKETOWN map

In addition to the MAX station closures, the following streets will be affected:

  • NE 1st Avenue will be closed between Multnomah and Holladay streets. Because of this, people in cars taking the Convention Center/Moda Center exit off of I-84 must turn right, on green only.
  • The left lane on NE 1st Avenue between Oregon and Holladay streets also will be closed, forcing a right turn only on green as well.
  • The north sidewalk between NE Wheeler Avenue and 2nd Avenue will be closed. Crosswalks across NE Holladay Street will be closed on the north side of 1st Avenue and the west side of 2nd Avenue.
  • The crosswalk on the east side of Wheeler Avenue also will be closed for a time. When it is closed, pedestrians will have access to a temporary crosswalk on the west side of Wheeler.

People traveling east by bike are advised to travel on NE Multnomah Street to avoid work zones. People traveling north on N Interstate Ave will have a designated bike lane detour around the shuttle bus station at Interstate and Multnomah.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

For additional information on the Rose Quarter MAX Improvements Project, visit: http://trimet.org/alerts/rosequarter/index.htm

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