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Added safety improvements completed along SW Moody

West sidewalk and cycletrack reopened in South Waterfront 

(August 7, 2015) Added safety improvements along SW Moody Avenue have been completed between SW Sheridan Street and the Ross Island Bridge area, allowing the west sidewalk and cycletrack to re-open Friday, Aug. 7. TriMet and the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) completed three weeks of work to improve the flow of pedestrians and bicyclists along SW Moody Avenue.

With the recent addition of MAX Orange Line trains, and more buses and streetcars traveling in South Waterfront, TriMet and PBOT closely monitored the heavy flow of pedestrians and bicyclists along SW Moody. The agencies saw unsafe behavior including crossing against signals and not looking for trains and buses coming from opposite directions. Based on those observations, adjustments were made to further encourage people to cross the tracks safely.

“When we begin operating along a new alignment we see how people behave around our vehicles and tracks, and then make adjustments to improve safety,” said TriMet Safety and Security Executive Director Harry Saporta. “Those improvements will help people be more aware and alert of trains and buses along the new Orange Line.”

The improvements also allow bicyclists and pedestrians to better share the space and improve access to the Collaborative Life Sciences Building and Tilikum Crossing,Bridge of the People, when it opens in September.

The SW Moody cycletrack and sidewalk before and after added safety features makes it better for pedestrians and bicyclists

The SW Moody cycletrack and sidewalk added safety features makes it better for pedestrians and bicyclists (looking south).

“At PBOT, we want to encourage Portlanders to ride their bikes and walk their neighborhoods. That’s why we’re so happy with the improvements on Moody, one of our city’s first cycletracks,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “Working with TriMet, our investment will make it safer and easier for everyone to enjoy the South Waterfront, take advantage of the new Orange Line and use Portland’s newest bridge, the beautiful Tilikum Crossing.”

Cycletrack and sidewalk improvements along SW Moody

Before and after photos of SW Moody cycletrack and sidewalk improvements looking north.

Safety improvements

On the west side of SW Moody the configuration of the cycletrack and sidewalk changed and is now consistent along the entire stretch between Sheridan Street and the Ross Island Bridge area:

    • Pedestrians shift to the west side of the pathway away from the traffic lanes.
    • Bicyclists traveling north and south share the section of pathway closest to the curb.
    • Additional green paint and striping was added to delineate how each mode shares the space.
    • Railings were added around the southbound Portland Streetcar stop at SW Moody & Meade.
    • Some crossing signals were adjusted for improved safety.

About the MAX Orange Line/Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

The 7.3-mile MAX Orange Line opens on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015. It will improve transit along the corridor that extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the Orange Line:

  • The Orange Line includes Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, the first of its kind multi-modal bridge in the U.S. carrying MAX light rail and Portland Streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists, pedestrians, but no private vehicles.
  • 10 new MAX stations for a total of 97 stations systemwide.
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles.
  • 10 bus lines will be adjusted to make connections to Orange Line stations and more community connections.
  • 446 new bike parking spaces, including 2 secure Bike & Ride facilities, at SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek and SE Park Ave stations.
  • 2 Park & Rides: 318 parking spaces at SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek Station and 401 parking spaces at SE Park Ave Park & Ride Garage and 9 EV spaces with chargers.

 

Project partners

The Federal Transit Administration, State of Oregon, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.

Traffic Advisory: Bridge Pedal will impact Sunday morning traffic

(August 6, 2015) - The annual Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday morning, August 9  involves 11 Willamette River bridges and the streets connecting them to accommodate thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians taking part in the event. It’s the first time that Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, will be crossed during the event.

The event requires some changes in how motorists get around the city, especially when crossing the Willamette River. Bridge sidewalks remain open during the event but all travelers should expect delays on all Portland bridges and nearby roads before, during and immediately after the event.  All bridges should be fully reopened by noon. Sunday afternoon following Bridge Pedal, TriMet and the City of Portland will host a free public event to walk, run or bike across Tilikum Crossing. Motorized traffic in the area of Tilikum Crossing should be alert to large crowds between 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Morrison and St. Johns bridges will be open to motorized traffic in both directions at all times.  

The following information applies to motorized traffic on Portland bridges on August 9 during Bridge Pedal. Times are approximate:

  • The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to westbound traffic from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • The Ross Island Bridge will be closed to westbound traffic from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The Marquam Bridge (Interstate 5) will be closed to northbound (upper deck) traffic from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic (except TriMet buses) from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • The Morrison Bridge will remain open in both directions.  Two eastbound lanes and the eastbound offramp from the bridge to SE Water Ave. will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8:30 a.m.
  • The Burnside Bridge will be closed to westbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • The Steel Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.   MAX trains will operate on the Steel Bridge.
  • The Broadway Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Fremont Bridge (Interstate 405) will be closed to southbound (upper deck) traffic from 4 a.m. until noon, with access by bicyclists ending at 11:30 a.m.
  • The St. Johns Bridge will be open in both directions during the day but closed from Saturday night at 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Sunday for maintenance.

Bridge Pedal will also require traffic changes on several state highways Sunday morning, including:

  • I-5 and I-405: During the temporary Marquam Bridge closure (from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.) motorists approaching the Marquam Bridge from I-5 northbound will be routed to I-405 northbound, across the lower deck of the Fremont Bridge, back to I-5 northbound. The north and southbound ramps from I-5 to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • All southbound lanes of I-405 will be closed between I-5 at the north end of the Fremont Bridge to the Marquam Bridge.  Motorists traveling to I-405 southbound from I-5 southbound will continue on I-5 southbound across the lower deck of the Marquam Bridge to I-405 northbound. All on- and off-ramps to northbound I-405 will remain open through downtown Portland.
  • All southbound lanes of I-5 and all northbound lanes of I-405 will remain open at all times.
  • The ramp from NW Couch St. and NW 16th Ave. to I-405 southbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from SW Taylor St. and SW 13th Ave. to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from SW Montgomery St. and SW 13th Ave. to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from SW 5th Ave. to I-405 southbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from I-405 southbound to U.S. 30 westbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • The Greeley Ave. off ramp from I-5 north will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • North Going Street to I-5 south will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • The Broadway on ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • Access to I-84 will be open from I-5 southbound as well as from the Morrison Bridge.
  • North Cook Street and North Kerby access to the top deck of the Fremont Bridge will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • Starting at 4 a.m., motorists traveling eastbound on U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) to I-405 southbound will take northbound I-405 across the Fremont Bridge to southbound I-5. This detour will remain until 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from U.S. 26 eastbound (Ross Island Bridge) to U.S. 99E southbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • The ramp from SE Woodward St. to Ross Island Bridge westbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Oregon Highway 43 (SW Macadam Ave.): Starting at 6 a.m., one northbound lane of SW Macadam Ave. will close from the Sellwood Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge, with some delays accessing areas east of SW Macadam Ave. All lanes on Macadam Ave. are expected to reopen by 9:30 a.m.
  • U.S. 30: From 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. the ramp from U.S. 30 eastbound to I-405 southbound will be closed.  The ramp being closed is NW Bridge Ave. between the bridge and U.S. 30 eastbound.
  • The ramp from U.S. 30 Bypass westbound (St. Johns Bridge) to U.S. 30 eastbound will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to noon. 

Portland streets will also be affected on Sunday morning, including:

  • SW Naito Parkway will be closed in both directions between SW Jefferson to NW Davis.  Northbound NW Naito Parkway will also be closed from NW Davis at Steel Bridge to NW 15th Ave.  Southbound traffic on NW Naito will reopen before northbound.
  • N Willamette / N Greeley will be closed to southbound traffic from N Richmond to N Interstate.
  • N Ivanhoe / N Leavitt / N Charleston / N Princeton will be closed to traffic from N Richmond to N Philadelphia.
  • N Interstate will be closed to northbound traffic between N Oregon to N Greeley.  Expect delays at Greeley.
  • SE Milwaukie will be closed to southbound traffic from SE Schiller to SE Ellis.
  • SE Clay will be closed to traffic west of SE Martin Luther King with access for local traffic only to SE Water and OMSI.

TriMet buses and MAX trains may experience delays downtown during the event. 

The following bus lines will have minor detours from 5 a.m. until the event concludes: 4-Division/Fessenden, 6-Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th, 9-Powell Blvd, 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd., 14-Hawthorne, 15-Belmont/NW 23rd, 17-Holgate/Broadway, 19-Woodstock/Glisan, 20-Burnside/Stark, 33-McLoughlin, 35-Macadam/Greeley, 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest, 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, 56-Scholls Ferry Rd, 70-12th /NE 33rd Ave, 72-Killingsworth/82nd and 77-Broadway/Halsey.  Signs will direct riders to nearby and temporary stops for buses affected by detours. Check before you go at trimet.org(link is external).

The Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Steel drawbridges will not open for river traffic between 6 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

The Oregon Department of Transportation maintains the Fremont, Marquam, Ross Island and St. Johns bridges.  Multnomah County maintains the Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Sellwood bridges. TriMet maintains the Tilikum Crossing. Union Pacific Railroad maintains the Steel Bridge.

For Bridge Pedal information, visit www.providence.org/bridgepedal

Traffic Advisory: Broadway Bridge closed Aug. 10-16 for streetcar repairs, painting

(Aug. 5, 2015) The Broadway Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles from 12:01 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 10 to no later than 5 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 16 for repairs. Bridge sidewalks will remain open for bike and pedestrian access.

The bridge closure is needed for deck repairs to be completed along the Portland Streetcar tracks on the bridge lift span. A streetcar contractor will complete the repairs.

During the closure, a contractor working for Multnomah County will complete installation of scaffolding and containment for painting the westernmost bridge span this month.

Currently, the bridge is down to two traffic lanes due to the painting project.  The streetcar repairs will require closing the two lanes that have been open this summer.

During the closure, the NW Lovejoy ramp at the west end of the bridge will remain open for traffic to access the NW Broadway ramp to Old Town and downtown. TriMet’s 17-Holgate/Broadway bus route will detour to the Steel Bridge during the closure. Central Loop (CL) Streetcar service will remain closed during this work. CL service will resume on both sides of the river on Monday, Aug. 17.

Alternate river crossings open to motor vehicles include the Burnside, Fremont and Steel bridges. 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.

For Portland Streetcar information, visit www.portlandstreetcar.org.  For information on Multnomah County’s Broadway Bridge Painting Project, visit www.multco.us/bridges

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News Release: City’s largest energy efficiency project hits major milestones: More than 20,000 street lights converted to LEDs; monthly savings surpass $100,000

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

(July 23, 2015) –  Commissioner Steve Novick today announced that the Portland Bureau of Transportation had surpassed two major milestones in the city’s largest ever energy efficiency project:  More than 20,000 city street lights have been converted to modern LED lights, and savings from the program have now topped $100,000 per month. Those monthly savings will continue to grow as more lights are converted.

The benefits don’t stop there. Commissioner Novick and Transportation Bureau Director Leah Treat also accepted a ceremonial check of $817,490 from Energy Trust of Oregon, which provides incentives and discounted pricing to government, businesses and residents to convert lights to energy-saving LEDs, or light-emitting diodes, a relatively new technology that has quickly taken hold in the energy marketplace. The check represents the incentives for the 20,000 LED streetlights installed to date.  

LEDs“The city is benefiting in so many ways from energy-saving LEDs. Whether you’re a resident or a business owner, you can too,” said Commissioner Novick at a news conference in North Portland’s Peninsula Park, where crews were changing lights along the surrounding streets. “We are saving money, we are saving energy and we are cutting down on climate disrupting carbon pollution. Plus, each neighborhood will benefit from street lights that last four times longer and provide reliable light for people’s safe travels on our streets and sidewalks.“

The new LED street lights use half the energy of the high-pressure sodium bulbs they replace and are expected to last up to 20 years. They also prevent about 10,500 tons of carbon pollution each year.   

“We’re pleased to be working with the City to make a change that has such great benefits – both in cost and energy savings and in the safety and livability of neighborhoods,” said Margie Harris, executive director, Energy Trust. “We’ve seen a dramatic surge in both homes and businesses making the switch to LED lighting. Last year, 68 percent of our record high lighting savings in existing buildings came from LEDs, including indoor fixtures, street lighting, exterior fixtures and lamps.” 

The news conference marked the halfway point in the city’s conversion process. PBOT crews began changing 45,000 of the City’s 55,000 street lights to LEDs a year ago, a process that is expected to be complete by the end of 2016. As of this week, 22,676 street lights have been switched.

Portland City Council unanimously passed an ordinance in December 2012 to authorize the conversion, dedicating $18.5 million to the project from a general obligation bond. Once the project is complete, the City can expect to save $1.5 million a year in maintenance and energy costs. At that rate, the project will pay for itself in eight years. At the direction of City Council, future years’ savings will be used as a sustainable revenue stream for street light maintenance, purchasing green energy, and to finance the next round of upgrades about 20 years from now.  

The $1.5 million annual savings is a conservative estimate and actual savings may be higher, said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “I am pleased that the savings may exceed our projections.  I am also pleased by how the new street lights deliver benefits to each neighborhood, to our city as a whole and to our efforts to address climate change. We are making a difference street by street and light by light.” 

People can track the progress of the project via an interactive map at http://bit.ly/PDXLED. Green dots show lights that have been installed; red indicates lights that will be converted. The map also allows the public to send in questions and feedback on each street light. 

The new LED street lights are easily identifiable: they cast a crisp light similar to moonlight, unlike the yellow-tinged light from high-pressure sodium bulbs. They provide the same coverage to illuminate city streets as the old fixtures while also projecting more light downward to lower light pollution and make it easier for people to star gaze. 

Many other cities are making the switch to save both money and energy, including Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle as well asPortland’s nearby neighbors Gresham, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Clackamas County and Milwaukie.

The final environmental benefit? The City is recycling the old high pressure sodium fixtures and bulbs.  


Photo by Felicity J. Mackay/Portland Bureau of Transportation 

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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.  

Energy Trust of Oregon is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping utility customers benefit from saving energy and generating renewable power. Our services, cash incentives and energy solutions have helped participating customers of Portland General Electric, Pacific Power, NW Natural and Cascade Natural Gas save $1.9 billion on energy bills. Our work helps keep energy costs as low as possible, creates jobs and builds a sustainable energy future. Learn more at www.energytrust.org1.866.368.7878.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on NE Grand Avenue to close lanes from NE Lloyd Boulevard to NE Holladay Street, July 24-Aug. 1

(July 22, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Grand Avenue from NE Lloyd Boulevard to NE Holladay Street starting Friday, July 24, through Saturday, Aug. 1, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave .92 lane miles of NE Grand Avenue.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses, residents and TriMet service 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