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(August 7, 2014) - Major changes to improve safety for all travelers are coming this fall to North Williams Avenue, a corridor that serves a growing neighborhood as well as being a popular commuting route for vehicles, bicycles and transit between downtown and North Portland.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation will preview the N Williams Traffic Safety and Operation Project’s new street design and construction plans at an open house August 12th, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Immaculate Heart Catholic Church, 2926 N Williams Ave.
The project was developed in 2012 after a 16-month public involvement process that addressed community concerns over development and traffic safety. A$1.5 million grant received in 2013 from the Oregon Department of Transportation is funding the improvements, which will extend from NE Broadway to N Killingsworth Street.
The project creates a new street design that eliminates one travel lane and provides a new, buffered bicycle lane on the left side of the street to reduce conflicts with buses; improves crosswalks for pedestrian safety, reduces the speed limit and also creates a new traffic signal at the busy N Cook Street intersection.
Construction is anticipated to begin in early September and be completed within three months. Construction mainly consists of restriping the street and crosswalks, installing curb extensions, and the traffic signal. More details are available at northwilliamssafety.org, and this map.
(August 6, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Monday, August 11th at the unmarked crosswalk of NE 82nd Avenue and NE Pacific Street from 9 am. to 1 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 for pedestrians in the crosswalk.
The NE 82nd Avenue and NE Pacific 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.
SE 82nd Avenue is one of 10 High Crash Corridors that the transportation bureau has identified and targeted as a priority for safety improvements and education.
Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians 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 general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.
(August 5, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures of N Anchor Street from N Channel Avenue to N Basin Avenue AND a full closure of N Going Court from N Greeley Avenue to N Going Street beginning Wednesday, August 6 through Wednesday August 13, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday. Some weekend work may occur.
The lane closure and street closure will allow crews to grind and pave 1.43 lane miles.
Traffic restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays with some detours around N Going Court. 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.
(August 1, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that reconstruction of the SW Stephenson and Boones Ferry intersection will require the full closure of SW Stephenson Street between SW Stephenson Court and SW Boones Ferry Road from Monday, August 4 through Sunday, August 17, 2014 all hours and all days.
Crews are realigning the intersection to improve safety and sight lines for travelers turning onto SW Boones Ferry Road from SW Stephenson Street.
During construction, the public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe all closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.
Eastbound traffic on SW Stephenson Street will be detoured at SW Lancaster Road. All westbound traffic will be detoured at SW Arnold Street.
Local access to residences will be provided.
This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.
(July 24, 2014) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will host the third Sunday Parkways of the season July 27 in Northeast Portland. Thousands of people are expected to participate and enjoy eight miles of traffic-free streets where they can bicycle, walk, stroll, roll and dance along the way.
The Northeast Portland route will connect Woodlawn Park, Alberta Park, Fernhill Park and Rigler School. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and along the route. The event is free and takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The public also is invited to join 60 “Thrive”-shirted Kaiser Permanente employees, family and friends to ride the route starting at 2 p.m. at Alberta Park.
“Kaiser Permanente wants Portlanders, our members, and employees to get the support they need to meet their personal health goals and have fun doing it,” said Karen Schartman, vice president and CFO with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “You may even see your own Kaiser Permanente doctor or care provider along for the ride.”
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, Renaissance Homes, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods Market, NW Natural and Clif Kid.
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.