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(March 18, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, March 25 at the unmarked crosswalk of SE 82nd Avenue and SE Cooper Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.
Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. Drivers must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when the pedestrian is in the motor lane or the adjacent lane.
The SE 82nd Avenue and SE Cooper Street crossing has no paint lines at the crosswalk. It does have a pedestrian median island and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of pedestrians in the crossing.
Southeast 82nd Avenue is one of ten High Crash Corridors that the transportation bureau has prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.
Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.
Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Sharon White will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during the first half of the action and a Portland police officer will serve that role during the second half.
Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.
Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879
(March 12, 2015) – The Portland Aerial Tram will be open Sunday, March 15, 2015 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow for improved access to Marquam Hill and Oregon Health and Science University during the Shamrock Run.
Avoid road closure delays and take the tram! During the popular run, which is sold out this year, the tram will provide the quickest and best access between South Waterfront and Marquam Hill. View road closures during the run at http://www.shamrockrunportland.com/races/street-closures/
In addition, the tram will have a variety of free, fun activities for the whole family from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the lower station. Kids can bring home a leprechaun trap for St. Patrick's Day or pick up a Portland Tram activity book. Take the tram to the top of the hill and cheer on the runners at the half-way point. All crafts and activities are free. Round trip fare: $4.35; children 6 years of age and under ride for free!
Portland Aerial Tram normal hours of operation are weekdays 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturdays: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.. The tram is open on Sundays only from May through September except for special occasions.
About the Portland Aerial Tram
The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and operated by OHSU. 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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(March 10, 2015) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements are taking place on SW Ankeny Street from SE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard to SE Sandy Boulevard today through Friday, March 13.
PBOT crews are grinding down and repaving about one lane mile of the street, sections of which are part of the SE Ankeny neighborhood greenway, a popular bicycle commute route.
People on bicycles may use the road or detour to SE Ash Street. 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 flaggers and use alternate routes if possible.
This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change
Update: The schedule has changed from the earlier advisory. This work will take place from March 16-18.
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The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Capitol Highway from SW Nebraska Street to 200' south of SW 26th Avenue from Thursday, March 12 through Monday, March 16 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.
The lane closures will allow crews to prepare .58 lane miles of the street for paving at a later date.
PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.
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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.
This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change
(March 9, 2015) -- The House Transportation and Economic Development Committee heard testimony today on legislation that would authorize the City of Portland to create a pilot program for unmanned photo radar safety cameras on its urban High Crash Corridors.
The City of Portland is seeking this authority to combat the frequent serious and fatal crashes on these roadways, and to educate and encourage safer driving by the traveling public. The 10 designated High Crash Corridors make up just 3 percent of the City’s road network, but they account for more than 50 percent of pedestrian fatalities in Portland.
House Bill 2621 is sponsored by Representative Jeff Reardon, whose district includes parts of East Portland that are crisscrossed by several High Crash Corridors.
“I am deeply saddened by the number of traffic fatalities in East Portland each year,” Rep. Reardon said. “My hope is that House Bill 2621 will keep our community safe by reminding drivers that when they speed on these high-crash corridors, they put their neighbors' lives at risk.”
The committee heard testimony from Kristi Finney-Dunn, whose son was killed on SE Division Street, one of the streets where cameras could be placed if the bill passes.
“On August 12, 2011, my son Dustin was killed one of Portland’s High Crash Corridors,” she said. “Since that day, I have been a traffic safety advocate, fighting for transportation safety measures like HB 2621 to save other families from the pain mine has suffered.”
Mary Lee Turner, retired rehabilitation instructor for the Oregon Commission for the Blind, said cameras could improve safety by leading more motorists to follow the speed limit.
“As a lifelong legally-blind pedestrian in our community, it is increasingly critical that all people -- motorist, pedestrians, and cyclists -- using public roads know and abide by the laws. That’s why I’m testifying in support of HB 2621, so that we have the greatest chance of safety for everyone.”
Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT, said the cameras are an important safety measure the legislature should allow Portland to try.
“Speed kills. The likelihood that you will die if you are hit by a car is directly related to how fast the car is going,” Novick said. “This is one tool that we can use to slow people down and reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries.”
Leah Treat, the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, testified to the committee, sharing her commitment to eliminating serious and fatal crashes from city streets. At her direction, PBOT has adopted the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities, an approach known as Vision Zero.
“Speeding is a top contributing factor to fatal crashes in Portland metro region, second only to DUII,” Treat said. “Many cities, including Seattle to our north, and Chicago and Washington, D.C. where I served previously, are successfully using unmanned photo radar to curb dangerous speeding. I feel it is an important tool to change behavior, improve safety, and reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.”