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News Advisory: Crosswalk enforcement action slated for January 28 on SW Capital Highway at SW Miles

(January 22, 2015) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, January 28th to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

The enforcement action will be from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the marked crossing on SW Capital Highway at SW Miles. 

This location was chosen at the request of the community, which has been active in educating and encouraging drivers to be alert, aware and slow down.   The crossing is heavily used by school children and transit riders - a pre-school is on one corner and the crossing also supports two TriMet stops and is close to a public school bus pickup and drop off location on SW Miles.

A crosswalk enforcement action includes a pedestrian decoy positioned at marked or unmarked crosswalks. These actions are designed to inform the public of longstanding Oregon crosswalk laws and to improve pedestrian safety.  Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month 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 the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

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Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on SE Morrison from 12th to 30th Jan 26-30

(January 22, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Morrison Street from SE 12th Avenue to SE 20th Avenue from Monday, January 26th through Friday, January 30th , 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday. This project may also include some weekend work.

 The lane closures will allow crews to grind 1.11 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.

 Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work. 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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Mayor Hales: Portland transportation leaders pause street fund vote as legislature crafts transportation bill

Office of Mayor Charlie Hales City of Portland

THURSDAY, JAN. 15, 2015 PRESS RELEASE

PORTLAND TRANSPORTATION LEADERS PAUSE STREET FUND VOTE AS LEGISLATURE CRAFTS TRANSPORTATION BILL

PORTLAND, OR – Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick today temporarily halted the paperwork necessary to take an advisory vote to the May ballot, regarding options to pay for city street maintenance and safety.

“Today, I am announcing a pause in our local efforts to fund our streets and safety projects within the City of Portland,” Mayor Hales said. “Over the past week, I have had conversations with Speaker of the House Tina Kotek and with Gov. John Kitzhaber. They have each assured me that a statewide transportation package is a top priority for them this legislative session.”

The Legislature is set to convene in February. The deadline for Portland to submit paperwork for the May election was 5 p.m. today.

“Because they recognize the importance of efforts to fund transportation infrastructure, they will hear the needs of local governments and ensure they are part of state transportation conversations as they work to give communities the tools to build and maintain critical infrastructure,” Hales said.

“We are pleased to know that the Legislature is very interested in a transportation funding discussion this year,” Commissioner Novick said. “We have said all along that the street fund we have proposed will not address all our needs, and that we are counting on the state and federal governments to step up.”

The city has conducted more than 14 months of hearings to craft a proposal to pay for street maintenance and safety.

“During the passionate conversations we have had in Portland regarding transportation funding, many options were discussed, none of which prove to be popular,” Hales said. 2

“Some options were put forward by Portlanders that we do not have the authority to enact. As your mayor, I will go to Salem to seek that authority.”

Hales said he also will enlist the aid of mayors throughout Oregon to push for more authority for cities. “Together, we can represent the needs of cities, all of which will benefit from new options to fund infrastructure at a time when the existing options don’t satisfy our communities,” he said.

“The completion of this work comes when all three levels of government have acted; when Congress, the Legislature and the Portland City Council have all authorized new revenues to pay for streets and roads,” Hales said. “This cooperation between the State of Oregon and local governments gives us, as Oregonians, the best way forward toward that objective.”

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Traffic Advisory: Winter paving to close lanes on SE 7th Avenue from SE Belmont Street to SE Stark Street January 16-20

(January 15, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE 7th Avenue from SE Belmont Street to SE Stark Street from Friday, January 16 through Tuesday, January 20, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday. This project may also include some weekend work.

 The lane closures will allow crews to grind .83 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.

 Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work. 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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Traffic Advisory: NE Multnomah Street between NE 7th and 9th avenues to close tonight through the weekend for private construction

(January 9, 2015) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that tower crane work will close NE Multnomah St between NE 7th Ave and NE 9th Ave beginning at 6 pm tonight and extending through Sunday.   The street will reopen before Monday’s commute.

 A detour will be in effect during those times.  Westbound traffic will be directed north on NE 9th Ave to NE Halsey St to NE 7th Ave and back to NE Multnomah St. Eastbound traffic will be detoured south on NE 7th Ave, east on NE Holladay St, and north on NE 9th Ave.

 Bicycle traffic should follow the same detours as vehicle traffic. 

 Pedestrian traffic should follow the existing construction detours. Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

 The closure is necessary for the contractor constructing the Hassalo on Eighth project to dismantle the tower crane on the south side of Multnomah Street.  A second weekend closure will occur in February to take down a second tower crane.

 The public is advised to travel cautiously in the work zone and to observe detours. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes if possible.

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