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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on N Lombard Street from N Reno Avenue to N Roberts Avenue, January 25-29

(January 21, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on North Lombard Street from North Reno Avenue to North Roberts Avenue starting Monday, January 25, through Friday, January 29, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind 1.73 lane miles of pavement in preparation 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 cold and 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 reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

News Release: Portland Bureau of Transportation to move forward with installation of long-awaited parking meters in Northwest Portland

(January 20, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced today that it will begin installing parking meters along and adjacent to NW 21st and NW 23rd from Burnside to NW Vaughn, a significant step toward implementing the NW Portland Parking Plan approved by City Council in 2013.  Installation of the approximately 360 meters is set to begin on February 2, 2016, weather permitting.

With its significant density of residences, businesses and religious and educational institutions, Northwest Portland has faced the challenge of high-demand for parking. The new parking meters will be an important tool to help PBOT, in partnership with neighborhood stakeholders, to better manage the parking supply.

The Northwest Parking Plan was approved by City Council in July 2013. It was the result of a collaborative planning process between PBOT staff and local residents, business owners and other neighborhood representatives. The parking plan’s first major phase was the implementation of a permit parking zone, Zone M, in March 2015.

“For quite some time, parking difficulties have negatively impacted livability and business vitality in this vibrant neighborhood,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “With the installation of the new meters, we are taking a systematic approach that will allow us to meet the parking needs of residents, businesses and visitors alike. It’s a major step forward, and we believe this approach is a powerful tool we can potentially use to help alleviate the parking challenges in other high demand areas of Portland.”

The installation of the meters follows the conclusion of the City Attorney’s review of the internal investigation by Cale Group, the parent company of Cale America, the city’s meter supplier, into possible improprieties related to the Ellis McCoy bribery scandal. The City Attorney concluded that Cale Group had conducted a “well-planned and thorough investigation” into misconduct surrounding the original 2006 meter contract and had taken “meaningful corrective action” in response to the misconduct. Although it resulted in a delay in the meter installation, PBOT insisted on the review in order to ensure that the public could trust the integrity of the City’s contract with Cale America.

In a letter, Cale America has also assured the City of Portland that if it becomes aware of any allegations of unlawful conduct in its business relationship with the City of Portland it will promptly investigate and take the appropriate corrective action.

The full City Attorney’s report, including Cale America’s letter, can be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/560745

As part of the Northwest Parking Plan, the majority of parking meter revenue will return to the district to finance improvements to the local transportation infrastructure. Over the next two weeks, PBOT will conduct stakeholder outreach to inform residents, business owners and visitors to the neighborhood about the coming changes.

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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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation. To learn more about PBOT’s efforts to encourage bicycle use and make safer routes for bicycling, see the bureau’s Active Transportation web site.

Travel Advisory: Road repair work to fix damage related to the recent storms to close NW Germantown Road from NW Skyline to Highway 30, January 20th from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

(January 19, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that road repair work to fix damage related to the recent storms will require the closure of NW Germantown Road from NW Skyline to Highway 30 on January 20th, 2016. The road will be closed from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The closure will allow crews to restore shoulders to the road and also to remove woody debris.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all 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

News Blog: PBOT to install new Rapid Flash Beacon at SE 156th and Division, speed up safer crossing at SE 157th

PBOT staff at SE 156th and Division

PBOT staff visited the crossing at SE 156th Avenue and Division Street on Thursday

By Hannah Schafer

Portland Bureau of Transportation

(January 15, 2016) - Staff from the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Traffic Engineering, Public Works and Signals and Streetlights teams were on the scene at SE 156th Avenue and Division Street on Thursday, following a pedestrian fatality at the location on Tuesday, January 12.

marking beacons at 156th and divisionStaff marked the road for a temporary Rapid Flashing Beacon to be installed at the crossing. Weather permitting, the new beacon will be operational by January 25th. The permanent fix, which includes installing a Hybrid Signal and new crossing at 157th, is being expedited as well. During the visit a new LED street light on the south side of the crossing was installed and activated as well. The new street light immediately improves visibility for everyone at the crossing.

Rapid Flash Beacon MapThis beacon installation is in addition to the 17 other beacons installed as part of the East Portland Rapid Flash Beacon Project. The project will improve pedestrian and bicycle crossing safety at arterial intersections in outer eastside Portland. The project implements safety improvement recommendations from the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) Plan, adopted by City Council in 2011. EPIM is a five year implementation strategy for enhancing active transportation in neighborhoods east of 82nd Ave, which identified over 80 priority construction projects and programs. Funding for the Rapid Flash Beacon Project comes from a grant from the State of Oregon through Representative Shemia Fagan.

Additional improvements are planned for SE Division as part of the East Portland Access to Transit project. These include sidewalk infill from 102nd to 145th and four additional Rapid Flash Beacons at 115th, 131st, 139th and 142nd. The project is currently in the design and engineering phase. It will also include the 130's Neighborhood Greenway, which will cross SE Division at 157th. Once design and engineering is complete later this year, PBOT will submit the project to the Federal Highway Administration and ODOT for approval.

Other major changes for this area of SE Division are likely to come from the Powell-Division Transit and Development Project

Portland is a Vision Zero city (www.visionzeroportland.com). PBOT believes the death or serious injury of even one person on Portland roadways is one too many. That’s why the bureau is actively working to identify and improve safety in East Portland and across the city.

(Follow the Portland Bureau of Transportation on Twitter @PBOTInfo and on Facebook)

News Release: PBOT releases winter storm response ‘by the numbers,’ PBEM emergency prep tips

(Jan. 8, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation is releasing data today about the bureau’s response to the recent winter storm event that brought snow and ice accumulations to the Portland area Jan. 3 to Jan. 6.

The recent icy conditions are a great reminder that by preparing for winter weather, Portlanders are also making themselves better prepared to withstand earthquakes, floods and other disasters. The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management has tips for the public to help prepare for disasters: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/pbem/index.cfm?&a=559108

From Jan. 3 through 6 a.m. on Jan. 6, PBOT’s storm response included:

Portland Aerial Tram rides: 300 rides on Sunday, and 4,830 from midnight Sunday night through midnight Monday night. The tram is normally closed on Sundays in winter, but it opened and stayed open overnight while SW Sam Jackson Park Road was closed.

Hours worked: More than 3,600 storm-related staff hours, 24 hours a day.

Road closures: 16 roads closed and later reopened -- half of them within 7 hours.

Materials:

  • Deicer applied: More than 24,000 gallons during the storms.
  • Sand: 1,100 cubic yards (about 90 large dump trucks).

Routes: PBOT crews deiced 1,700 lane-miles of snow and ice routes at least four times, for a total of 6,800 miles – the equivalent of driving from Portland to Miami and back.

For more travel tips, see PBOT’s winter travel web page:  http://bit.ly/wintertravelpdx 

PBOT also offers answers to frequently asked questions about the City’s preparations and response to snow and ice events and what the public should do before, during and after a storm. See: http://bit.ly/22GsFuj

Residents are advised to notify PBOT of roadway hazards by calling our 24/7 maintenance dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700.

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