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Traffic Advisory: Bridge maintenance to close lanes on SE Foster Road Bridge from Aug. 22 to Aug. 23

(Aug. 18, 2015) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that bridge resurfacing will require lane closures on SE Foster Road Bridge between SE 145th Avenue and Barbara Welch Road on Saturday, Aug. 22 and Sunday, Aug. 23, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe all lane closures, use detours and alternate routes if possible.

For preventative maintenance, the bridge deck will be resurfaced with an overlay product to prevent water from penetrating into the bridge structure.

Scheduled maintenance will require two days to complete.  Detours will be set up to keep traffic flowing during scheduled work times.

Traffic traveling eastbound on SE Foster Road will be detoured north to SE 136th Avenue and eastbound on SE Powell Boulevard to SE Jenne Road.  Traffic traveling westbound on SE Foster Road will be detoured to SE Jenne Lane to SE Powell Boulevard, to SE 136th, to SE Foster Road. SE Foster Road will be closed just west of SE Barbara Welch Road.

Local access will be provided to residences on SE Foster Rd between SE 136th and 145th.

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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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

News Release: Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick are joined by State, Metro, County and Community leaders to kick off Vision Zero Safety Task Force


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

(August 17, 2015) Mayor Charlie Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick were joined by city leaders, representatives from Multnomah County and Metro, community members, as well as State Rep. Alissa Keny-Guyer to launch the Vision Zero Safety Task Force. Task Force members represent a broad coalition of organizations and agencies devoted to improved transportation infrastructure, public safety, education and public health. The Vision Zero Task Force is charged with developing a community action plan to dramatically reduce serious and fatal crashes on Portland’s roads.

“Today is about commitment and cooperation,” said Mayor Hales, “We’re here to announce our commitment to putting an end to fatal crashes on our roadways. We’ll reach this broad goal by harnessing all of the energy and creativity of the agencies, groups and leaders represented in this room.”

Commissioner Novick noted the larger importance of advancing the Vision Zero initiative as a matter of creating more equitable neighborhoods.  “If you live in a low-income census tract within Multnomah County you are 2.3 times more likely to be killed walking,” Novick stated. “By committing to Vision Zero goals, not only will we make Portland a safer city, we’ll also make it a more equitable community for all Portlanders in all neighborhoods.”

Also in attendance were State Senate Majority Leader Diane Rosenbaum, State Sen. Michael Dembrow and Metro Councilor Bob Stacey. 

Mayor Hales emphasized that as the Task Force develops an action plan over the next year, the City will continue to take concrete steps to make Portland roads safer. He highlighted steps that the Portland Police and the Portland Fire and Rescue will take in the coming months. These include:

  • Investments in pedestrian safety. PBOT will begin work on significant safety projects on three High Crash Corridors, including a new streetscape for SE Foster Road, and new sidewalk, crossings, and transit access improvements along 122nd and Burnside. Additionally, the Bureau will install 22 pedestrian crossing improvements in East Portland utilizing Rapid Flashing Beacons over the coming year.

  • Targeted enforcement of dangerous speeding. Working with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Portland Police will target speed enforcement and education activities on some of Portland’s most dangerous roads.

  • New data sharing initiative. The Bureau of Fire and Rescue Fire will work with the Transportation and Police bureaus to develop a new crash data sharing initiative. The goal is to harness the power of data to deliver more targeted safety interventions on Portland’s roadways.

Director Leah Treat, who brought the idea of Vision Zero to Portland when she took over PBOT’s helm in 2013, stressed the steps the Bureau is already taking to make Vision Zero a reality. “Vision Zero is a pillar of our work plan,” she said, “and thanks to the $29 million in funds that Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick secured for the bureau, we are already implementing key roadway improvements on our most dangerous streets, including 122nd Avenue in East Portland and on Burnside.”

“As first responders, police arrive on the scene of many crashes, and see the impact it has on those involved, their families and the community,” said Chief Lawrence P. O’Dea, III. “In most cases, these crashes were preventable, and that’s why I’m hopeful that with our Vision Zero partners, we can work together to reduce crashes and keep all users of our streets safe.”

At the Kick-off the Task Force’s Executive Committee met and outlined the broad work agenda and goals that each Task Force member will pursue during the year. The full Task Force will meet on September 10 to begin its work. 

About Vision Zero: Vision Zero is an innovative transportation safety initiative that sets the goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries from the transportation system. Vision Zero rejects the notion that traffic crashes are simply “accidents” but instead preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed. In July, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to adopt Vision Zero’s goal that no loss of life is acceptable on city streets as official City policy. www.visionzeroportland.com

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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA Title II, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For accommodations, complaints and information, call (503) 823-5185, City TTY (503) 823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

News Advisory: Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick will join with State, Metro, County, and Community leaders to kick off the community-wide Vision Zero Safety Task Force

(August 14, 2015) - On Monday, August 17th, Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick will join other city leaders, elected officials and community leaders to launch the Vision Zero Safety Task Force. Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick will also announce key actions by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland Police and Portland Fire and Rescue to achieve Portland’s Vision Zero Goals.

WHO:                  

Mayor Charlie Hales

Commissioner Steve Novick

Oregon State Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer

Metro Councilor Bob Stacey

Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey

Multnomah County Commissioner Diane McKeel

ODOT Region 1 Director Rian Windsheimer

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane

Portland Police Bureau Chief Larry O’Dea

Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat

Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) Executive Director Joseph Santos- 

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WHAT: Announcement of a major step forward in the community-wide effort to achieve Vision Zero. Vision Zero is an innovative transportation safety initiative that sets the goal of eliminating traffic deaths and serious injuries from Portland’s streets. In July, the Portland City Council voted unanimously to adopt Vision Zero’s goal that no loss of life is acceptable on city streets as official City policy.

WHEN: 2:30 p.m. Monday, August 17, 2015

WHERE: Jade/APANO Multicultural Space, 8114 SE Division Street, Portland, OR 97206.

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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 mobilitywww.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

The Portland Bureau of Transportation fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA Title II, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For accommodations, complaints and information, call (503) 823-5185, City TTY (503) 823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on NE Weidler Street to close lanes from NE 10th Avenue to NE 15th Avenue August 13-19

(August 13, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Weidler Street from NE 10th Avenue to NE 15th Avenue starting Thursday, August 13, through Wednesday, August 19, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 1 lane mile of NE Weidler Street.

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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

The Portland Bureau of Transportation fully complies with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the ADA Title II, and related statutes and regulations in all programs and activities. For accommodations, complaints and information, call (503) 823-5185, City TTY (503) 823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.

News Release: The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) releases statement regarding Cale Group’s Open Letter to Customers

(August 10, 2015) This May, federal prosecutors released documents indicating that in 2006 George Levey, the owner of a former independent distributor of Cale parking meters, copied some of his employees on emails describing Levey’s efforts to secure Portland’s parking meter business with the inside help of then-parking manager Ellis McCoy. Subsequently, those employees went to work for Cale America, the company that currently holds the contract for the City’s parking meters.

Today, the Cale Group, which includes Cale America, sent an open letter to its customers outlining the steps the company has taken and will take regarding the May revelations. These steps include a recently concluded internal investigation to determine whether any Cale Group employee was involved in or had knowledge of George Levey’s illegal activities. The company has also undertaken management changes that mean two senior employees of Cale America who had previously worked for George Levey will no longer be with the Cale Group.

The company also announced that it will take several forward looking steps to sever any “perceived connection” to the past illegal activities of George Levey. These include a new code of conduct for Cale America employees; annual ethics, procurement and anti-corruption training for Cale America employees; and measures to increase transparency and accountability in the company’s record retention process.

PBOT acknowledges the steps that the Cale Group has taken. PBOT is committed to transparency and to the integrity of the contracting process. Given this, PBOT will now take steps to review the Cale Group’s process and findings. Through the City Attorney, PBOT has retained the law firm of Stoll Berne as outside counsel to undertake an independent legal review. The outcome of this review will help to determine PBOT’s future actions regarding the Cale Group and its business with the City.

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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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation