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News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for NE Sandy Blvd at NE 85th Ave on Wednesday, July 6

(June 30, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, July 6 at the marked crossing on NE Sandy Boulevard at NE 85th Avenue to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

vision zero logoEducation and enforcement actions such as the July 6 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

Sandy Boulevard is one of Portland’s 10 designated high crash corridors.  This location has bus stops on both sides of the street and is within close proximity to businesses, restaurants, a senior living facility and The Grotto, a prominent destination for 300,000 visitors annually.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.  A Portland police officer will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action. The exact time will be announced the day before.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses NE Sandy Boulevard to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and people driving should watch for people in the crossing. 

NE Sandy at 85th Google Streetview

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. View the results of previous actions. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025.

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.  

News Release: Commissioner Novick, Director Treat announce PBOT surpasses Back to Basics 100 miles of street preservation goal for 2015-16

(June 30, 2016) – City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat announced today that Portland Bureau of Transportation crews surpassed their Back to Basics street maintenance goal by preserving 103 miles of city streets in the fiscal year that ends today.

The 103-mile total for fiscal year 2015-16 is more than double the mileage preserved three years ago. At the direction of the Portland City Council, PBOT in July 2013 revised its pavement maintenance program. Called Back to Basics, the new program set an annual goal of maintaining at least 100 miles of streets through a variety of treatments.

Commissioner Steve Novick - Back to Basics

Commissioner Steve Novick announces that PBOT has surpassed their Back to Basics goal in FY 15-16 by paving 103 miles of roads in Portland. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

“Three years ago, we committed to doing preventative maintenance on 100 lane miles of city street per year,” said Novick, who oversees PBOT. “Thanks to the hard work of our crews and engineers, we have exceeded our goal for a third year in a row. Next year with the revenue from Measure 26-173, the voter-approved fuels tax, we’ll be able to do even more to improve the condition and safety of our roads.”

“This is our third year delivering on our commitment of preserving and maintaining 100 miles of Portland roads,” Treat said. “We continue to prioritize our limited transportation revenue to meet this goal because we know spending a dollar today saves us ten dollars in future years. We continue to pilot new treatments like crack sealant, which we applied this past year on our arterial streets and found it to be very effective. I want to thank our maintenance crews and our engineers who work together to identify and prioritize the streets that are the best candidates for preventative maintenance and then do the critical work to extend the operating life of our streets.”

Grinding on SW Chestnut

PBOT crews grind down SW Chestnut Street in preparation for repaving. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The announcement was made at SW Chestnut Street and 10th Avenue, where PBOT crews were grinding the asphalt in preparation for repaving in the coming days. SW Chestnut Street serves as a key route for people walking, biking and driving to Wilson High School, Rieke Elementary School and the bustling Hillsdale Town Center. PBOT prioritizes Back to Basics maintenance on streets near schools, as well as major routes that serve biking, walking or freight.

PBOT also published a map showing the citywide locations where streets have been maintained in recent years and where the bureau plans to conduct street maintenance in the fiscal year that starts Friday.

About Back to Basics:

PBOT’s pavement maintenance policy is to carry out the right treatment in the right place at the right time. In practice, this means that bureau crews focus on maintenance work that will keep a street from falling into poor or very poor condition. The reason is simple: it saves Portland money. The cost of repairing a road that has fallen into poor or very poor condition is typically ten times more expensive than maintaining a street that is in fair or good condition.

Arterials and collectors, with their frequent and heavy loads, experience harsher wear and tear. This deterioration often reaches below the road surface and affects the street’s base structure.  The weight of a standard passenger bus, for example, has as much impact on the pavement as ten thousand automobile trips. Correcting damage to the base structure of the road is more complicated and expensive than addressing surface-level problems like cracks and worn asphalt. Neighborhood streets, on the other hand, experience far less traffic and often can be maintained and repaired with less costly methods.

Pavement Maintenance Treatments:

Fog and Crack Sealing:

This treatment is performed on residential streets in generally good condition. First, crews seal the visible cracks on the streets. They will follow this up with a fog seal that seals the road surface from the effects of water and the sun. Fog seal is a liquid petroleum product consisting of water, asphalt, recycled tires and grit and is sprayed on clean pavement and allowed to dry. It protects the roadway from weatherization for an estimated 3-5 years. It costs $10,000 to $12,500 per mile.

Grind and Pave:

This treatment is used for high-traffic streets which are typically in fair condition with little or no evidence of failure in the road base. The top two inches are asphalt are ground down, recycled and the road is repaved. This treatment typically costs $150,000 per mile.

Base repair:

This treatment is reserved for streets that are in poor or very poor condition. The work is limited to small areas within a street that is falling apart and/or a potential hazard to road users. Both the rock base and the asphalt street surface are removed and completely replaced. Base repair is very expensive and typically costs $500,000 per mile. Although this type of repair is expensive and only limited to small areas of a failing street, it allows PBOT to address urgent safety needs and improve the street’s condition.

Street maintenance is heavily weather dependent. Though crews work year round, the most productive months are from June to September.


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.  

News Release: PBOT survey seeks input from people with disabilities on taxis and other private for hire transportation services

(June 28, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Private for Hire Transportation Advisory Committee are seeking public input on transportation service for people with disabilities. With an online survey launched today, people with disabilities can tell the City about their experiences using taxis or Transportation Network Companies such as Uber and Lyft.

Take the survey now at 

“Transportation access for people with disabilities is a top priority for the private for hire program, and we need your help to make improvements,” said City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “Please take a few minutes right now to complete the survey.”

PBOT and the committee will use input from the survey to improve service for people with disabilities. While the City requires taxis and TNCs to serve everyone, there is limited information available on current wheelchair-accessible vehicle use and the potential demand for the service. There is also very limited information on transportation service needs for people with other types of disabilities, such as limited hearing or vision.

PBOT seeks to ensure that people with disabilities have access to taxis and TNCs as equivalent as possible to service provided to people without disabilities. Learn more about private for hire transportation at

The survey will be available online for three weeks. The web site does not allow users to take it multiple times.


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.  


News Release: PBOT invites Portlanders to apply for Fixing our Streets Oversight Committee

16 member Oversight Committee to ensure accountability and transparency of Fixing our Streets Program

(June 23, 2016) – As one of the first steps in launching the Fixing Our Streets Program, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) today invited Portlanders to apply for the Fixing our Streets Oversight Committee. The committee will play an important role in ensuring the accountability of the transportation safety and maintenance program voters created when in May they passed Measure 26-173, the four-year, ten-cent Portland gas tax. The Committee will also provide oversight for the projects funded by the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax which was passed by the City Council on May 11, 2016.

When City Council approved placing Measure 26-173 on the ballot, they created the 16-member Oversight Committee and mandated that it include representatives from Portland’s various neighborhoods, modal interests, business liaisons, transportation professionals and advocates from Portland's most vulnerable communities.

“After spending several years fighting for the funding to fix our streets and make them safer, I’m excited to finally get to work,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “We need a diverse group of community members to serve on this oversight committee to ensure implementation of these important projects.”

The role of the Oversight Committee will be to:

  1. Provide guidance to City Council on the effective use of new resources.
  2. Monitor revenues, expenditures, and program/project implementation.
  3. Review program priorities, spending, and any necessary revisions to project lists/financial plans, including the annual program audit. May make recommendations to City Council for project list revisions.
  4. Monitor construction impacts to businesses and neighborhoods.
  5. Monitor utilization of minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses to support community benefits.
  6. Provide an annual report to City Council containing the above information.

Applications will be due July 19th. The committee will meet quarterly with the first meeting slated for September. 

The application is available at:

Measure 26-173 is expected to raise $64 million over four years. The program’s project list includes paving, sidewalks, crossing improvements, neighborhood greenways, safe routes to school, high crash corridors, protected bike lanes and alternative street design that will have a significant impact on neighborhoods across Portland. The full project list and other information about Measure 26-173 and the Fixing Our Streets Program can be found at:

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.  

News Release: Portland Sunday Parkways in North Portland this Sunday

North Portland route will visit the Bike Repair Hub and Bike Skills Park in New Columbia

(June 23, 2016)  – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will be coming to North Portland this Sunday. This event’s 9.5 mile scenic route connects some of the beautiful natural areas and gardens located in North Portland. Included on the route are Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, McCoy, and Kenton Parks plus the Willamette Blvd bluff overlooking the river and Forest Park. The route connects neighborhoods east and west of I-5 on low or no-traffic neighborhood greenways, residential streets with low speed limits that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement.

North Portland Sunday Parkways 2016 map

Participants will also have the chance to experience a fantastic new community resource for Portlanders who bike: the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Repair Hub. Located in the beautiful 82-acre New Columbia Community in North Portland’s Portsmouth Neighborhood, the Bike Repair Hub was created by the community members as a place where they could store tools, bicycle parts, and equipment and help others with basic bike repair. Kids can learn how to ride their bikes safely and enjoyably in the Hub's Bike Skills Park. The New Columbia Community is a mixed-income community home to more than 2,500 adults and children speaking 11 languages and representing 22 countries.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 119,000 last year.

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help people get to Sunday Parkways by bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways North Portland brochure.

For maps and more information, visit or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

North Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:

North Portland Sunday Parkways 2016 sponsors