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(February 24, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SW First Avenue will be closed between SW Jefferson Street and SW Columbia streets all hours and all days from Monday, February 24 through Friday, February 28 at 4 p.m.
Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians at all times, but all vehicle traffic will be detoured. The detour for vehicles is west onto SW Jefferson Street, south onto SW 3rd Avenue, east onto SW Columbia Street, and back to SW 1st Avenue.
The public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made.
We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures, and use alternate routes if possible.
The road closure is necessary in order to repair the road bed that was damaged by a water main break in November. Buried historic rails are also being removed at this time.
(February 19, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation reminds the public and news media to attend three town halls on transportation funding – the first to be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20 at Sunnyside Environmental School.
“As we consider ways to meet the city’s transportation needs, we want to hear from as many people as possible,” said City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau. “Portlanders recognize that we need to invest more in preventive maintenance and safety improvements.”
Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will welcome the public and discuss transportation needs at the three events:
• Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Environmental School, 3421 SE Salmon St.
• Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 at Immigrant & Refuge Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St.
• Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway
The town hall meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to speak with transportation staff, ask questions and make comments for the mayor and commissioner to consider as they explore ways to improve transportation funding. A keypad polling exercise and written comment opportunities will provide other ways for the public to provide comments.
Mayor Hales and Novick convened a Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee in January to advise the commissioner on a transportation funding package. The committee helped draft the language used in a telephone survey in January.
Members of the public can also to take an online survey by following a link from the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com. ###
(February 13, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation has once again secured Kaiser Permanente Northwest as presenting sponsor of its popular Sunday Parkways events. This year marks the seventh year that Kaiser Permanente has sponsored the City ofPortland Sunday Parkwaysevent series, with a total investment over the years of more than $650,000 in monetary support and in-kind services.
The events will be held in park-lined routes across the city, starting in East Portland May 11 and concluding Sept. 28 inSouthwest Portland.
“Sunday Parkways has become one ofPortland’s great traditions,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “On behalf of all Portlanders, I’d like to thank Kaiser Permanente for its continued support and participation in Sunday Parkways. In Kaiser Permanente, the city has a strong community partner that understands the importance of active, healthy living.”
“Kaiser Permanente is proud to once again present these family-friendly events to encourage the entire community to get moving – bicycling, walking, and just getting active,” said Daniel Field, director of Community Benefit and External Affairs at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “Sunday Parkways is a perfect complement to our mission of improving the total health—mind, body, and spirit—of our members and the communities we serve.”
“Sunday Parkways is a great introduction to biking and walking for everyone,” said City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau. “The more we bike and walk, the healthier we are and the less we all spend on healthcare.”
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. Estimates put total attendance at the events at more than 100,000 annually. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.
“After I moved here last summer fromChicago, Sunday Parkways quickly became one of my favoritePortlandevents,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “Portlanders understand that the way we travel shapes our cities and our selves. Every day can be Sunday Parkways for thousands of Portlanders when we provide safe routes for people to bike and walk.”
Sunday Parkways takes place one Sunday each month from May through September in a different area of the city. Each Sunday Parkways takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The transportation bureau announced the dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2014:
A map and route information can be found at PortlandSundayParkways.org
Community groups and vendors wanting to participate in Sunday Parkways – and volunteers who want to help make it happen – are encouraged to contact the transportation bureau at 503-823-7599 or online at PortlandSundayParkways.org.
Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente. Additional partners/sponsors include Portland Parks & Recreation, Universal Cycles, Clif Kid, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods, Renaissance Homes, NW Natural, Metro, ODOT, Portland Partyworks, and AARP of Oregon. City ofPortlandfunds one third of the costs with sponsors, vendors, and individual supporters funding the remaining two thirds.
More information about Sunday Parkways is available at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org and by calling 503-823-7599.
(4:30 p.m. February 9, 2014) The City of Portland urges the traveling public to use caution, as snow and isolated icy conditions persist in the area.
"Thank you for staying off the roads today," said Transportation Director Leah Treat. "Portland streets are a lot safer than they were this morning. With the public's help keeping roads clear, and the hard work of transportation crews, the busiest streets are now passable again. We still urge caution on residential streets and sidewalks, where snow and ice remain. Depending on your area, it may be safe to walk to local businesses. We recommend using public transit and walking with caution if you must travel."
For those who need shelter, information about warming shelters is available by calling 211. For information about the latest closures and disruptions see PublicAlerts.org
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(February 5, 2014) – With the potential for snow and freezing rain in the forecast into the weekend, the Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public to use caution, consider taking public transit and stay apprised of the potential for rapidly changing conditions.
In preparation for potential for snow and ice in the area, the transportation bureau has applied deicer on major routes as well as bridges and overpasses, has crews patrolling high-elevation areas and will continue to assess road conditions in real time. The public is advised to prepare for snow and ice, and be aware that conditions from a single storm can vary throughout the region because of the area’s unique weather patterns and geography.
“Our crews have been preparing for events like this since October,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We need the public to stay alert, be prepared and use caution. We encourage people to use public transit during storm events. When biking or walking, wear high-visibility clothing and be careful on surfaces that could be slick.”
The transportation bureau applies a liquid deicer, prioritizing known hazard areas, such as bridges and overpasses, and the city’s busiest streets and transit routes. The bureau advises people who live or work in hilly areas to carry snow chains, practice using them and be ready to use them at any time this winter. Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks along their homes or businesses to ensure safe passage for the public.
The city urges motorists not to abandon vehicles in a travel lane, an occurrence that has happened in previous storms. Abandoned vehicles exacerbate traffic congestion and block vehicles needed for police, fire and public transit. Any abandoned vehicle is subject to being cited and impounded.
The transportation bureau posts updates at its twitter feed, @PBOTinfo and offers a variety of safety tips on its web site portlandoregon.gov/transportation and on PublicAlerts.org
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