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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on N Willamette Blvd from N Portsmouth to N Woolsey avenues July 7 to 18

7/8 Update:  Traffic heading northwest (away from downtown) will be detoured onto  N Lombard Street between Woolsey and Portsmouth avenues. People on bicycle will be detoured onto Amherst Street.

(July 2, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures of N Willamette Boulevard from N Portsmouth Avenue to N Woolsey Avenue for two weeks from Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 18,  7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.

These lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 2.36 lane miles.

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.


Traffic Advisory: One lane on SW Fourth Ave from Montgomery to Harrison streets to close for streetcar work 7/2 and 7/3; streetcar service continues uninterrupted

(July 1, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that Portland Streetcar pre-construction work will occur on SW Fourth Avenue at Montgomery on Wednesday, July 2 from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. and Thursday, July 3 from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.   

The center lane will be closed to all traffic from just south of SW Harrison Street through SW Montgomery Street for sewer inspection work.  Portland Streetcar service will not be impacted by this work.

This work is required in advance of the upcoming Streetcar track construction on SW 4th Avenue and on SW Montgomery Street to add a second track to allow for the completed loop operations beginning September 12, 2015 with the opening of the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge. 

The traveling public is asked to follow signs and use caution in work zones.

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News Release: Back to Basics goal of preserving 100 miles of Portland streets surpassed for FY13-14, report Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat

100 mile commitment renewed for 2014-15

Photo by Felicity J. Mackay/Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(June 30, 2014) – Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick and Leah Treat, the city’s transportation director, announced today that Portland Bureau of Transportation crews exceeded their goal of maintaining 100 lane miles of Portland streets during the fiscal year that ends today.

The 103-mile total for fiscal year 2013-14 is more than double the mileage preserved in the previous fiscal year.

This year’s work also marks the return of street maintenance to low-traffic neighborhood streets, a practice that City Council had discontinued in 2009 amid budget concerns and reauthorized for fiscal year 2013-14.  Neighborhood work focused on streets around schools.

The three officials also renewed their commitment to preserve at least 100 lane miles of city streets for the fiscal year that starts tomorrow.   They made their announcement at the last paving project of the year on NE Holladay Street between Ninth and 13th avenues in the heart of the Lloyd District.

“We promised we’d get back to basics and we have,” Hales said. “Thanks to the hard work of our maintenance crews, and using new techniques like fog seal, we have achieved our goal. Portlanders know we need to do more, and when we approve more funding for transportation later this year, we will be able to build on these achievements and get our streets back in the shape that all Portlanders deserve.”

“Preventive maintenance saves money in the long run,” Commissioner Steve Novick said. “The more we can do to keep our roads in good condition, the more we can avoid more expensive rebuilds later on. We will continue to focus our limited resources on the meat and potatoes of our transportation network by prioritizing maintenance on our streets and other critical assets.”

One of the challenges is rising material costs. Asphalt, for example, cost about $15 per ton 20 years ago and has quadrupled to around $60 per ton.

Novick also addressed a question he has heard from members of the public.  “We know that sometimes people see us doing preventive maintenance on a street and they ask ‘Why are crews working on that street when there’s another nearby that’s a lot worse?’” he said. “The truth is that we get the biggest bang for our buck doing preventive maintenance on streets that don't look bad yet but are beginning to show signs of wear. We get an additional 10 years of life on those streets for a fraction of the cost of a rebuild.”

PBOT treated the 103 lane miles with a variety of techniques.  Crews paved 47 lane miles of arterial or higher-traffic streets.  They treated 53 lane miles of streets with fog seal, a technique new to Portland that was applied mostly on neighborhood streets where traffic is lighter and where the sealant is the most cost-effective preservation technique. In addition, crews dug up, repaired and repaved 3 lane miles of badly damaged street sections.  A lane mile is one mile of street that is 12-feet wide.

“I’d like to thank our maintenance crews who have done an outstanding job, exceeding our 100-miles goal,” Treat said. “We have learned from our first season using the new fog seal technique and are focused on process improvements to become even more efficient in applying this technique next year.  I applaud and encourage our employees in their efforts to find new and innovative ways to maximize resources and deliver much needed improvements to our transportation infrastructure.”

Photo by Felicity J. Mackay/Portland Bureau of Transportation.

“I also want to thank the public for their patience,” Treat added. “We know that paving and fog sealing can be a short term inconvenience but the results serve our community for many years.”

A look ahead: 100-plus mile goal for 2014-15

The 2014-15 street maintenance goal includes 50 miles of paving on arterial streets, and 50 miles of fog sealing on neighborhood streets.

The first two paving projects for 2014-15 will begin after the July 4th holiday weekend:

  • First, 2.3 lane miles of Willamette Boulevard will be paved from North Portsmouth Avenue to North Woolsey Street.
  • Next, 2.5 lane miles of North Rosa Parks Way will be paved from North Delaware to Maryland avenues.

Fog sealing will begin once temperatures rise above 80 degrees and continue through September, as weather allows. Fog sealing is a new technique for Portland, with the last year marking its debut.

The mixture of emulsified asphalt and recycled rubber tires is highly cost effective, requiring about $10,000 per lane mile as compared to paving which is roughly $150,000 per mile.  In its first year, PBOT crews learned that the technique works for Portland streets even in our rainy climate, but requires warm and dry weather to apply.

PBOT crews will focus fog sealing on streets that are within one-quarter mile of schools and along neighborhood greenways, the low-traffic streets that are part of Portland’s bicycling network.

Maps are available of the 2013-14 completed projects.  View and use photos of PBOT crews:


Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on NE Holladay Street to close lanes from NE 9th to 13th avenues June 26 to July 1

(June 25, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require the closures of NE Holladay Street from NE 9th Avenue to NE 11th Avenue from Thursday, June 26, through Tuesday, July 1, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.

This closure will allow crews to grind and pave .49 lane miles.

Parking restriction barricades will be in place today, one day before the start of work. Traffic restrictions will be in place from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. 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.

Northbound traffic will be detoured onto NE Multnomah Street and southbound traffic will be detoured onto NE Lloyd Boulevard.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.


News Advisory: Crosswalk enforcement action to be held Friday at SE Powell Blvd at SE 31st Ave

(June 23, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Friday, June 27 at SE Powell Boulevard and SE 31st Avenue from 8 a.m. to noon to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

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 dressed in plain clothes will participate as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during the second half of the action.

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.

The SE Powell Boulevard at SE 31st Avenue crossing has a marked crosswalk along with signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of pedestrians in the crossing.  Between 2008 and 2012, there have been four pedestrian -involved crashes and one pedestrian fatality at or near this location.

SE Powell Boulevard is one of 10 High Crash Corridors that the transportation bureau has identified and targeted as a priority for safety education and improvements.

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.

To further educate the public about safety,  the Transportation Bureau is distributing a new “Put the Brakes on Pedestrian Deaths” poster and mailer to select households and holding an online safety quiz.  Anyone who takes the safety quiz will win a free tote bag with reflective tape and learn about safety tips: