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(November 21, 2013) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the public that on Thanksgiving Day parking will be free at all city meters. Regular parking rates and enforcement will apply Friday.
To reduce congestion on Friday and through the weekend, shoppers are encouraged to use SmartPark garages. SmartPark garages will be open during the holiday weekend, except from 11 p.m. Wednesday through 7 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.
In addition, the annual Macy’s Holiday Parade will wind through downtown Portland Friday morning and on-street parking on the route will be unavailable from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. View the parade route here.
As for enforcement of parking regulations, the City ofPortlandis reminding the public that parking regulations will be enforced on Black Friday, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. Enforcement helps create parking turnover for businesses and shoppers and increases the availability of parking spaces for the general public.
The next free parking days will be Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.
The six City of Portland SmartPark parking garages include nearly 4,000 public parking spaces and serve shoppers, business clients and visitors to Downtown Portland. Contact Central Parking at (503) 790-9302 for questions related to SmartPark garage operating hours or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark.
To find out when parking is free, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/369182
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Timbers soccer fans to consider their transportation options for Sunday’s 6 p.m. game to keep streets and transit running smoothly
(November 20, 2013) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Timbers soccer fans to consider their transportation options for Sunday’s 6 p.m. game to keep streets and transit running smoothly.
Fans are encouraged to take TriMet or walk or take a bicycle. Ample temporary bicycle parking is available at Jeld-Wen Field. People who drive to the stadium are encouraged to park in one of the City’s SmartPark garages.
For parking meters, event rate pricing will be in effect at $3.50 per hour and will apply from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Regular parking rates of $1.60 per hour will apply at other times.
Northwest neighborhood event Zone M permit parking restrictions also will be in effect from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Now in its third year, Street Seats allows businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park.
(November 14, 2013) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation is expanding its popular Street Seats program, and is seeking proposals through March 1, 2014 for a maximum of ten new locations citywide.
Now in its third year, Street Seats allows businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park. Based on similar programs in San Francisco and New York City, the program enlivens the streetscape by creating spaces for Portlanders to enjoy seating and a meal or a drink outdoors, which in turn enhances street vitality and benefits local businesses.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation experimented with a pilot Street Seats project in 2012 and instituted an ongoing program in spring 2013.
Today, Portland has eight Street Seat installations, seven of which were organized by restaurants to offer outdoor café seating. One installation has been designed solely for open public seating and is located at the Center for Architecture at NW Flanders and NW 11th Avenue.
While encouraging additional restaurant and café proposals, the Transportation Bureau will prioritize design proposals that are open to full public use, such as the NW Flanders installation.
Proposals may be seasonal or year-round, and may be located in any part of the city, except the downtown core from West Burnside to SW Harrison Street, and SW Second to 10th avenues.
View Street Seats photos from Portland and elsewhere on Flickr.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SW 11th Avenue will be closed to southbound vehicle travel between SW Gibbs Street and SW Gaines Street beginning Wednesday Nov. 13 through Friday Dec. 6, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
(November 12, 2013) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SW 11th Avenue will be closed to southbound vehicle travel between SW Gibbs Street and SW Gaines Street beginning Wednesday Nov. 13 through Friday Dec. 6, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
This lane closure is necessary install a concrete bus pad at a transit stop on SW 11th Avenue. Crews will need to remove and replace both the base and surface layers of the street to stabilize its foundation and prevent potholes and other surface distresses. Bus pads help pavement last longer.
The new bus pad is part of a project that rebuilt most of SW 11th Avenue earlier this year. Parking meters on Marquam Hill are paying for most of the sidewalk and related project elements.
The northbound lane will remain open at all times.
A detour will be in effect to accomplish this work. Southbound traffic on SW 11th Avenue will be detoured East onto SW Gibbs Street to SW Sam Jackson Park Road, then south onto SW U.S. Veterans Hospital Road. Continue following to West on SW Gaines Street to Northbound on SW 11th.
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.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the section of West Burnside Street damaged by a recent water main break is slated to be repaved this weekend.
11/11 Update: All paving is complete and Burnside and SW Fourth Avenue reopened to traffic Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013
(November 8, 2013) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the section of West Burnside Street damaged by a recent water main break is slated to be repaved this weekend.
Eastbound lanes of West Burnside Street between SW Broadway and Third Avenue will be closed from 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 through the evening of Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The work depends on dry weather and the schedule may change.
The repaving is the final stage of emergency repairs undertaken by the City of Portland bureaus of water and transportation following the rupture of a 24-inch water main in the early hours of Oct. 29. That break underneath West Burnside Street and Southwest Fourth Avenue caused localized flooding and affected eastbound lanes for two blocks around the site as well as one block of SW Fourth Avenue south of Burnside Street.
The Transportation Bureau reopened the street within four days of the break with a temporary paving fix to restore traffic flow and increase access to local businesses. The intent was to return to the area when weather allows.
Crews need dry weather to complete paving, and the bureau expects a short window this weekend.
During paving, eastbound traffic will be detoured onto SW Broadway to SW Stark Street and then to SW Second Avenue before rejoining West Burnside Street.
One block of SW Fourth Avenue also will be repaved and will be closed atSW Ankeny Street. Northbound travelers on SW Fourth Avenue will be rerouted at SW Pine Street to SW Second Avenue.
For more information, see the Transportation Bureau’s Oct. 31, 2013 news release. For updates over the weekend, follow @PBOTinfo on Twitter.