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News Release: With the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week, PBOT asks the public to be mindful of their fellow Portlanders at work in city streets

PBOT Sidewalk Dig Crew

PBOT's Sidewalk Dig Crew. Left to right: David Bowles, John Calvert, Frank Shelton, Dana Whitley. 

Photo by Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(April 11, 2016)  – Today is the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The initiative, sponsored by federal, state and local transportation officials each April, draws attention to the safety needs of road workers at the start of construction season.

In observance of the week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation calls on the traveling public to use extra caution in work zones. PBOT will be sharing photos and stories of the bureau’s maintenance crew members who work in the city’s roadways every day on their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PBOTInfo) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo) feeds. These hard working Portlanders are just feet away from fast moving traffic and potentially inattentive drivers.

Generally, crashes occur when people driving speed through a work zone, do not pay attention to changing road conditions, run into other vehicles or transportation equipment, or drive off the road completely. Given this, when driving in a work zone, the public is asked to please slow down, pay attention and stay calm. People walking or biking in a work zone should also observe barricades and road closed signage, use sidewalks if possible or other alternate routes.

Travelers should expect delays, plan for them and leave early to reach their destination on time. Remember, in roadway work zones, engineers and construction workers make safety their top priority every day—for the traveling public as well as themselves. Drivers should move into the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. People driving should double their following distance.

Every day, workers from PBOT and other agencies are out in Portland streets doing their jobs, repairing streets, installing and fixing utilities and infrastructure. PBOT is proud to join with our fellow DOTs across the United States to bring attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. Remember: paying attention saves lives.

For more information, visit FHWA Work Zone Awareness

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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

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements require lane closures on NE Killingsworth St from N Williams Avenue to NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, April 11-13

(April 8, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Killingsworth Street from N Williams Avenue to NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Monday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 13, 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind .86 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work throughout the year, 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.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet bus service, check trimet.org/alerts.

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

Traffic Advisory: Repaving after emergency sewer work to close one southbound lane on SE McLoughlin Blvd at Tacoma Street overpass April 9

(April 8, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that repaving after a recent emergency sewer repair will require a closure of one southbound lane of SE McLoughlin Boulevard at the Tacoma Street Overpass from 12:01 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday April 9.

Northbound travel lanes on SE McLoughlin Blvd will not be affected. 

Southeast McLoughlin’s three lanes southbound will be reduced to two, from the Tacoma Street Overpass to SE Umatilla Street. The right travel lane southbound will be merged into the left lane just north of the Tacoma Street Overpass. The ramp from eastbound Tacoma Street to southbound McLoughlin Boulevard will remain open, and traffic will be directed into the middle lane. Access from SE Umatilla Street to southbound McLoughlin Blvd will be maintained.

The lane closure is expected from 12:01 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.

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.

PBOT conducts emergency sewer repairs in the public right of way in Portland and is coordinating work on this incident with the Oregon Department of Transportation, which manages SE McLoughlin Boulevard, part of Oregon 99E, a state highway.

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News Release: Commissioner Novick and local leaders highlight recent Vision Zero, transportation safety improvements in East Portland and call for increased caution by all road-users

(April 7th, 2016)— This morning, Transportation Commissioner Novick, Representative Reardon and transportation safety advocates joined the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau for a crosswalk education and enforcement action at the intersection of 151st Avenue and SE Stark.

Today’s action highlights the recent completion of several East Portland crossing improvements and underscores the need for everyone to exercise caution and remain attentive to all road-users. The intersection is also the site of one of 16 rapid flash beacons (RFBs) newly constructed and activated in East Portland. Planning, design, and construction was made possible with $1.9 million secured by Representative Fagan and her legislative colleagues in the 2014 legislative session.

Commissioner Novick at Vision Zero event

“As Commissioner in Charge of the Bureau of Transportation, safety is my highest priority,” said Commissioner Novick. “Every Portlander should be able to safely commute throughout our community—whether while driving, walking or biking. By partnering with our legislative leaders and local advocates, like the East Portland Action Plan, we’re able to leverage resources and prioritize new safety improvements that will make crossing the street safer and easier.”

“Today, we are celebrating the collaboration and hard work of legislators, City staff and East Portland Action Plan members who work to improve the safety of everyone in our community,” added Representative Reardon.

Representative Vega Pederson, who helped secure the funding for these recent safety improvement projects stated, “The addition of rapid flash beacons, along with the funding we secured in the 2015 and 2016 Legislative Sessions, are great steps towards improving the safety and infrastructure in East Portland. Still, given that over 13 tragic fatalities have occurred this year so far, it is clear that more needs to be done – particularly to protect residents that walk or bike through our community.”

Transportation Director Leah Treat“For all of us who are committed to safe streets, these have been a very rough few months. We cannot and we will not accept this level of tragedy on our streets,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “We know that we cannot achieve our Vision Zero goals alone. That is why I am very thankful for the support of our leaders in the state legislature, our Transportation Commissioner, our partners at the Portland Police Bureau and our dedicated community safety advocates.”

The crossing improvements and 16 newly activated RFBs in East Portland are the result of a strong partnership between community advocates and planners who worked to prioritize safe improvement projects in the East Portland in Motion (EPIM) Plan. 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.

Of these priorities, State funding made improvements at the following East Portland intersections possible:

  • SE Foster Rd & 120th
  • NE Glisan & 141st
  • SE Stark St & 113th Ave
  • SE 122nd Ave & Stephens
  • SE 122nd & Oregon
  • SE 122nd Ave & Boise St
  • SE Division St & 107th Ave
  • SE Division St & 165th Ave
  • SE Stark St & 142nd Ave
  • SE Stark St & 151st Ave
  • NE Glisan St & 117th Ave
  • NE Glisan & 130th place
  • NE Weidler & 106th Ave
  • NE Halsey & 136th Place
  • NE 122nd & Russell
  • NE 102nd Ave Wygant
  • NE Halsey & 106th Ave (to be constructed in conjunction with park improvements)

The new rapid flash beacons in East Portland come a year after the City of Portland adopted Vision Zero, a traffic safety initiative that rejects the notion that traffic crashes are simply “accidents,” but instead preventable incidents that can and must be systematically addressed. Education and enforcement actions conducted by PBOT and Portland Police are also a key part of the Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

During the education and enforcement action, police officers and PBOT staff will remind drivers to stop appropriately for pedestrians in the crossing and encourage people walking to cross at the corner and, when available, utilize rapid flash beacons to alert drivers to yield to pedestrians. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving, walking and biking. To find out more about PBOT's safety work and Vision Zero initiative—PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025—visit www.visionzeroportland.com. There, you can learn more about rights and responsibilities for safely crossing a street and view the results of previous crossing education and enforcement actions.

Photography of the news conference by Felicity J. Mackay/Portland Bureau of Transportation, available at PBOT's Flickr page.

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Traffic Advisory: Emergency sewer work to close one southbound lane on SE McLoughlin Blvd at Tacoma Street overpass, April 1-2

(March 31, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that an emergency sewer repair will require a closure of one southbound lane of SE McLoughlin Boulevard at the Tacoma Street Overpass on Friday and Saturday from predawn hours through early afternoon.

Northbound travel lanes on SE McLoughlin Blvd will not be affected.

Southeast McLoughlin’s three lanes southbound will be reduced to two, from the Tacoma Street Overpass to SE Umatilla Street. The right travel lane southbound will be merged into the left lane just north of the Tacoma Street Overpass. The ramp from eastbound Tacoma Street to southbound McLoughlin Boulevard will remain open, and traffic will be directed into the middle lane. Access from SE Umatilla Street to southbound McLoughlin Blvd will be maintained.

The lane closure is expected from 3 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, April 1 and from 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, April 2.

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.

PBOT conducts emergency sewer repairs in the public right of way in Portland and is coordinating work on this incident with the Oregon Department of Transportation, which manages SE McLoughlin Boulevard, part of Oregon 99E, a state highway.

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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