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RESCHEDULED Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on NW Everett St from 19th to 23rd avenues March 13 to 21st

March 12 UPDATE:  This project has been rescheduled for March 18th through the 25th

(March 7, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NW Everett Street between NW 19th Avenue and NW 23rd Avenue Thursday, March 13, through Friday, March 21, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day. 

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to grind and pave 1.1 lane miles.

One traffic lane will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

The 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.



News Advisory: Open Houses Begin March 13 for ‘20s Bikeway Project; major addition to city's bike network

(March 6, 2014) – Portlanders will have three opportunities to attend open houses in mid-March to help the Portland Bureau of Transportation design the next major expansion of the city’s bicycle network. 

The NE/SE 20s Bikeway Project will extend 9.1 miles from the northern to southern city limits,  generally between 26th and 29th avenues.  It will provide a continuous bicycle connection through 12 neighborhoods, link 23 east-west bikeways and provide access to 12 schools and 14 parks within a quarter mile of the route.   The exact alignment will be determined with input from the public.

The project is funded by a $2.4 million federal grant to cover both design and construction, which is set to occur in 2015.   Since last summer, the transportation bureau has been working with a stakeholder advisory group to sort through numerous difficult design issues such as route alignment and tradeoffs with on-street parking.  The project is now ready to share initial ideas with the larger community and get feedback at these open houses. 

The open houses are:

Thursday, March 13
Fremont United Methodist Church, 2620 NE Fremont Avenue
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Monday, March 17th
Cleveland High School, 3400 SE 26th Avenue
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Tuesday, March 18th
Central Catholic High School, 2401 SE Stark Street
6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

The public is invited to stop by any time during the open houses to review and comment on design proposals and speak with project staff.   Visit:

View the invitation and illustration of the general bikeway route

Traffic Advisory: SE 20th Ave to close from Powell Blvd. to Pershing St. for street repairs week of March 10th

(March 6, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require a street closure on SE 20th Avenue between SE Powell Boulevard and SE Pershing Street Monday, March 10 through Friday, March 14th, all hours, all days.

Traffic detours will be in place. Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrian access. This work is necessary to repair the asphalt that was damaged by a water main break that occurred during the February storm.  

Northbound traffic on SE 20th Avenue will be detoured west onto SE Pershing Street, north onto SE 19th Avenue to Powell Blvd.  Motorists wanting to travel southbound on SE 20th from Powell Blvd. will need to use SE 21st or 22nd Avenues as alternatives.  

Parking will be temporarily removed from both sides of SE 20th Avenue between Powell Blvd. and SE Pershing Street where construction is occurring.  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.


News Release: February storm led to extra $740,000 costs for PBOT to clear major roads of snow, treat for ice and clean up gravel

(March 5, 2014) - The early February storm that coated Portland in snow and ice for five days will lead to an estimated $740,000 in extra costs to the Portland Bureau of Transportation for storm response and cleanup, according to figures released today.

Crews worked 24 hours a day in 12-hour shifts during the storm and the overtime for that response accounted for the majority of the additional costs, or about $560,000.   Materials and repairs accounted for the remainder.

The bureau’s $500,000 winter storm contingency budget will cover most of those costs, and managers will strive to identify savings and efficiencies within the bureau’s operational budget to cover the rest. 

“This winter’s storm brought out the worst in terms of travel and safety impacts and the best in terms of city crews’ response, which was to immediately turn to a 24-hour-a-day schedule to clear streets of snow and address the hazards of ice,” said PBOT  Executive Director of Finance and Business Operations Alissa Mahar. “Now our job is to work hard to create savings where possible to cover the additional storm costs.”

Bureau managers will have until the end of the fiscal year on June 30, 2014 to identify savings to cover those additional expenses.

While the storm is over, gravel cleanup continues. The majority of those costs are covered by the bureau’s base operations budget and overtime costs have been accounted for in the estimate released today. Crews also treated city streets with deicer on the days leading up to the storm, a service that was covered under the base operating budget.


Traffic Advisory: Traffic signal and pedestrian crossing improvements on NE 24th Avenue & Broadway being constructed now through May 2nd

(March 4, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require intermittent lane closures on NE Broadway at NE 24th Avenue in the coming months as the existing traffic signal is rebuilt and pedestrian improvements constructed.

Pedestrian crossings will be maintained throughout the work schedule as contractors and city crews complete the traffic signal reconstruction. Construction largely will be limited to 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to minimize disruptions to travelers.  Some weekend work may occur.

At least one traffic lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.  Travelers are asked to observe instructions by flaggers and signage.  The public is advised to expect some delays while the project is under construction

This project will provide more direct pedestrian crossings by removing a pedestrian island and installing curb extensions on 24th Avenue.  The traffic signal, one of the oldest in the city, is being rebuilt to improve its reliability.


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

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