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News Release: Legislature hears plea for safety cameras pilot program on Portland’s High Crash Corridors

(March 9, 2015) -- The House Transportation and Economic Development Committee heard testimony today on legislation that would authorize the City of Portland to create a pilot program for unmanned photo radar safety cameras on its urban High Crash Corridors.

The City of Portland is seeking this authority to combat the frequent serious and fatal crashes on these roadways, and to educate and encourage safer driving by the traveling public. The 10 designated High Crash Corridors make up just 3 percent of the City’s road network, but they account for more than 50 percent of pedestrian fatalities in Portland.

House Bill 2621 is sponsored by Representative Jeff Reardon, whose district includes parts of East Portland that are crisscrossed by several High Crash Corridors.

“I am deeply saddened by the number of traffic fatalities in East Portland each year,” Rep. Reardon said. “My hope is that House Bill 2621 will keep our community safe by reminding drivers that when they speed on these high-crash corridors, they put their neighbors' lives at risk.”

The committee heard testimony from Kristi Finney-Dunn, whose son was killed on SE Division Street, one of the streets where cameras could be placed if the bill passes.

“On August 12, 2011, my son Dustin was killed one of Portland’s High Crash Corridors,” she said. “Since that day, I have been a traffic safety advocate, fighting for transportation safety measures like HB 2621 to save other families from the pain mine has suffered.”

Mary Lee Turner, retired rehabilitation instructor for the Oregon Commission for the Blind, said cameras could improve safety by leading more motorists to follow the speed limit.

“As a lifelong legally-blind pedestrian in our community, it is increasingly critical that all people -- motorist, pedestrians, and cyclists -- using public roads know and abide by the laws. That’s why I’m testifying in support of HB 2621, so that we have the greatest chance of safety for everyone.”

Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT, said the cameras are an important safety measure the legislature should allow Portland to try.

“Speed kills. The likelihood that you will die if you are hit by a car is directly related to how fast the car is going,” Novick said. “This is one tool that we can use to slow people down and reduce the number of traffic deaths and injuries.”

Leah Treat, the Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, testified to the committee, sharing her commitment to eliminating serious and fatal crashes from city streets. At her direction, PBOT has adopted the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities, an approach known as Vision Zero.

“Speeding is a top contributing factor to fatal crashes in Portland metro region, second only to DUII,” Treat said. “Many cities, including Seattle to our north, and Chicago and Washington, D.C. where I served previously, are successfully using unmanned photo radar to curb dangerous speeding. I feel it is an important tool to change behavior, improve safety, and reduce fatalities and serious injuries on our roads.”

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Traffic Advisory: Sewer repair to close lanes on N Marine Drive at the Leadbetter Loop March 6 to 9

Sewer repair to close lanes on N Marine Drive at the Leadbetter Loop March 6 to 9

(March 6 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Marine Drive between the North Leadbetter Road loop from March 6 to March 9, all hours, all days. 

The westbound right lane on N Marine Drive will be closed as will the eastbound right lane. The turn lane on N Marine Drive westbound into N Leadbetter Road will be closed, however the road will be accessible from the west end intersection.

The lane closures will allow crews to conduct sewer repairs.  The lanes are scheduled to reopen on Tuesday, March 10.

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, and use alternate routes if possible. Access will be maintained for businesses during the project.

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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: Winter paving to close lanes on NW Front Avenue from NW 61st to NW Kittridge avenues March 7 and 8

(March 5 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures in industrial Northwest Portland this weekend.  The lane closures will be in effect on NW Front Avenue from NW 61st Avenue to NW Kittridge Avenue Saturday, March 7and Sunday, March 8, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.

The Kittridge Bridge will be closed on Sunday from 7 a.m. thru 3 p.m. A detour will be in place on NW 26th Avenue.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 3.33 lane miles.   The weekend was chosen for this work to minimize disruption to businesses  in this heavily industrial area.

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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Access will be maintained for businesses during the project.

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

News Advisory: Timbers' fans: Consider TriMet, biking, walking to March 7 and all home games; event rate parking in effect

(March 2, 2015)  – With the first Timbers’ home game starting at 7:30 p.m. March 7, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Timbers fans to consider their transportation options for all games this season in order to keep streets and transit running smoothly.

Fans are encouraged to take TriMet or walk or bicycle. Ample temporary bicycle parking is available at Providence Park.  People who drive are encouraged to park in one of the City’s SmartPark garages.

Event rate pricing of $3.50 per hour will be in effect at area parking meters from 5 p.m. to 10 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 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Event-goers are encouraged to check out transportation and parking information at www.trimet.org and www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/timbers or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark.

 Go Timbers!

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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: Winter paving to close lanes on NE 7th Ave for one day, March 2nd, from NE Multnomah to NE Weidler streets

(February 27, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that on March 2nd street improvements will require lane closures on NE 7th Avenue from NE Multnomah Street to NE Weidler Street.

 The lane closures will allow crews to grind .63 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date. 

 PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, 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 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