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Preserve + Operate Actions


Plan for a Lifetime

P1.1 Capital Projects - Status: 0

Improve capital project budget development process to incorporate the full cost of infrastructure investments from planning, design, construction, maintenance, and replacement. Use to improve business processes to inform the public of efforts to do more with less. Incorporate into an ordinance package for Council education.

P1.2 Project Development - Status: 2

Utilize the Transportation System Plan project list to develop and implement an integrated system for planning, design, construction, and maintenance to ensure coordination. Include a public interface with project information and a staff contact.

P1.3 Crosswalks - Status: 3

Research crosswalk material and design for durability and safety. Recommend new standards accordingly including City of Portland contract specifications.

Preserve Investments

P2.1 Preventative Maintenance - Status: 3

Treat a combination of 100 lane miles of streets per year with preventive maintenance.

P2.2 Rebuild Signals - Status: 3

Modernize at least 10 antiquated signals per year.

P2.3 Low-Cost Design - Status: 3

Document low-cost design options available to improve under-improved streets, such as surfacing options like permeable materials or narrower cross sections, for publication on the PBOT Residential Streets website. Include options for funding and financing should these options become available. Adopt as approved policy.

P2.4 Pavement Preservation - Status: 2

Utilize potential new funding to allocate funds for pavement preservation to increase the number of miles maintained each year.

P2.5 Asset Rating - Status: 2

Identify assets (roads, bridges, signals, streetlights, signs, etc.) presently NOT condition rated according to their appointed schedule. Update status and condition report to document missing links and associated costs. By 2016, propose strategy and resources needed to meet or adjust rating schedule.

P2.6 Utility Cuts - Status: 4

Evaluate available utility cut and pavement trench data to assess how streets with cuts can be preserved longer. Concurrently, develop operating procedures to ensure continuous recording and tracking of utility cuts and integrate with pavement condition data. Conduct a review to consider the impact and value of franchise rights and fees to the pavement system.

P2.7 Studded Tires - Status: 2

By the conclusion of 2016, publish report on the damage and cost incurred to public streets by studded tires.

P2.8 Graffiti Removal - Status: 3

Complete assessment and make recommendation on use of sign coating materials to facilitate graffiti removal.

P2.9 Bridge Repair - Status: 3

Rebuild/rehabilitate at least one poor-condition bridge per year.

P2.10 Innovation Team - Status: 3

In 2015, establish an innovation team in Maintenance Operations and Engineering for testing and measuring innovations through pilot projects. Create a culture within PBOT where innovation is encouraged and developed. Create annual summary highlighting innovation.

Coordinate Activities

P3.1 Loss of Street Life - Status: 3

Establish distinct standards and restrictions for cuts for utilities to individual properties (“service cuts “) and cuts for system upgrades (“system cuts” ) and/or implementation of a “Loss of Street Life” pavement cut fee.

P3.2 Pavement Coordination System - Status: 4

Implement a Citywide Pavement Coordination system to coordinate pavement work and utility cuts among agencies to reduce costs, improve pavement longevity, and improve coordination. The system would be reliant upon electronic mapping and very strong communication links with utilities, permittees, and PBOT capital and maintenance planning. This is a two-phase approach reliant upon consultant services.

P3.3 Electronic Permitting - Status: 2

Coordinate with Bureau of Development Services on implementation of electronic permitting system to streamline development permitting process.

P3.4 Maintenance Project List - Status: 3

Develop and maintain a three-year rolling plan of projects for street maintenance to better coordinate public and private work in the right-of-way.

Innovate, Communicate, & Collaborate on Preservation

P4.1 Maintenance Participation - Status: 0

Promote and educate residents about their responsibilities in the right of way (snow removal, brush trimming, etc.).

P4.2 Resident Challenge - Status: 1

Develop campaign to challenge residents to participate with the city and clean 100 storm drains prior to each major rain event. Identify areas to target messaging.

P4.3 Street Cut Formula - Status: 4

Conduct research and data assessment necessary to develop a formula for the loss of street life span due to street cuts. If appropriate, propose that an appropriate percentage of the utility franchise fee be reinvested to cover this cost of loss of life.

Optimize Operations

P5.1 Street Sweeping Schedule - Status: 3

Create an online interface to notify the public of street sweeper schedules and make available online; explore notification options.

P5.2 Truck Pool - Status: 1

Pilot utilizing GPS to establish a truck pool to dispatch trucks based on proximity. Evaluate cost efficiencies gained and expand if significant cost savings achieved. Track, assess, and report on challenges and effects.

P5.3 Mobile Technology Pilot - Status: 3

Select two volunteer field operations to pilot the use of mobile technology that can access or is preloaded with information from PBOT server. Track, assess, and report on challenges and effects.

P5.4 Sign Library - Status: 2

Complete a collaborative review of the parking sign library and propose opportunities to down size. Establish criteria for new sign types with the goal of streamlining the number of sign types while still providing flexible context-sensitive regulation.

P5.5 Anti-Icing - Status: 4

Research and make a determination on the use of magnesium chloride (MgCL) anti-icing in place of Calcium Magnesium Acetate (CMA).

P5.6 Weather Response - Status: 3

Develop a procedure to ensure parking enforcement response during all weather events. Coordinate with Maintenance Operations for enforcement schedule and vehicle use.

P5.7 Taxi Reform - Status: 4

Initiate a Task Force to review and evaluate the service performance and regulatory framework of the Portland Private For-Hire Transportation industry. Provide guidance and recommendations to the Commissioner-in-Charge regarding how the industry should evolve and respond to new developments and technologies.

P5.8 TDM for New Development - Status: 2

Standardize and expand Transportation Demand Management requirements for large and medium-sized new development. Review TDM plans and monitor performance.

P5.9 Seasonal Schedules - Status: 1

Evaluate potential cost savings from allowing flexible reporting schedules that increase Maintenance Operations effectiveness during high-need times in the year such as paving season or leaf season.