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Traffic Advisory: Sewer repair work to close SW Hall St. between SW 14th and 16th from March 17 to March 21

(March 17, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureauof Transportation advises the traveling public that sewer repair work will require a street closure on SW   Hall Street between SW 14th and SW 16th avenues today through Friday, March 21st from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Local access to residences and emergency vehicles will be provided.

The public is asked to observe the road closure, to expect delays while repairs are being made and to use alternate routes. A detour route is as follows: SW Montgomeryat SW 14th Avenue to SW Myrtle Street to SW Vista Avenue to SW 16th Avenue.

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


Traffic Advisory: Street maintenance requires closure of SW Capitol Highway eastbound lanes at Terwilliger, Saturday March 15

(March 14, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance will require a closure of the eastbound lanes of SW Capitol Highway, from SW Terwilliger Boulevard to SW Barbur Boulevard, on Saturday March 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dry weather forecast for Saturday provides a last-minute opportunity for long-needed road maintenance in time for Sunday’s Shamrock Run. The work will provide a smoother surface on a ramp that carries traffic from eastbound Capitol Highway to northbound Barbur Boulevard.

Westbound traffic on Capitol Highway will not be affected by the closure. Eastbound travelers will find the road closed at Terwilliger, where they can turn north or south to use alternate routes to reach Barbur.

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

The public is advised to use alternate routes, expect delays, travel cautiously and observe all work zone signage.


News Release: Portland Aerial Tram Open Sunday, March 16th all day for Shamrock Run fans, along with free, fun activities for kids

(March 12, 2014) –  The Portland Aerial Tram will be open Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow for improved access to Marquam Hill and Oregon Health and Science University during the Shamrock Run.  Avoid road closures and take the tram!

In addition, the tram will have a variety of free, fun activities for the whole family from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

The public is welcome to join the Portland Aerial Tram festivities at the lower tram station in South Waterfront while the Shamrock Run is underway. Take the tram to the top of the hill and cheer on the runners at the half-way point.  

Free activities for the whole family include: face painting, balloon sculpting, puzzles, crafts and behind the scenes tram tours of the control and motor rooms.  Tram T-shirts will be available for $10.  Round trip fare: $4; children 6 years of age and under ride for free!

Find Shamrock Run course maps, road closures, and other info at


About the Portland Aerial Tram

The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and operated by Oregon Health & Science University.    It opened to the public on Jan. 27, 2007. The cabins, named Walt and Jean, travel 3,300 linear feet between the South Waterfront terminal adjacent to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, and the upper terminal at the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's main campus. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the tram cabins rise 500
feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, the Lair Hill neighborhood and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway. V
isit . Find the tram on Twitter @PortlandTram  and Facebook at

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News Advisory: Crosswalk enforcement March 18 on SW 4th Ave at SW Montgomery St

(March 11, 2014) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Tuesday, March 18th to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

The enforcement action will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the marked crossing on SW Fourth Avenue at SW Montgomery Street.

A crosswalk enforcement action includes a pedestrian decoy positioned at marked or unmarked crosswalks. These actions are designed to inform the public of longstanding Oregon crosswalk laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

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.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at



Traffic Advisory: Street Improvements to close SE 22nd Avenue between SE Powell Blvd and Lafayette St March 17 to April 7

(March 11, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require a street closure on SE 22nd Avenue between SE Powell Boulevard and SE Lafayette Street Monday, March 17 through Monday, April 7, all hours, all days.

Traffic detours will be in place. Both sidewalks will be kept open for pedestrians and bicyclists.

This work is necessary to repair the concrete street surface that was damaged by a water main break that occurred in the February storm.  During this project, sections of the concrete road in the southbound lane will be removed and replaced with a new concrete surface. It then will be allowed to cure for approximately seven days. After the concrete is cured, the process will be repeated in the northbound lane.

Detours are as follows:

Southbound traffic on SE 22nd Avenue will be detoured east onto SE Powell Boulevard to SE 26th Avenue, south onto SE 26th Avenue to SE Gladstone Street then west to SE 22nd Avenue.

Vehicles needing access east of SE 22nd Avenue on SE Lafayette Street should use SE 21st Avenue.  Some on-street parking will need to be removed during the project on SE 22nd Avenue. 

Parking will be restored as soon as construction is completed.  This lane and parking closure will be in effect 24 hours each day.  The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

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

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