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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Pedestrian Accessibility Around Work Zones

Click here for a draft version of PBOT's administrative rules for pedestrian and bicycle access around work zones. 

Click here for a flyer about these ongoing policy changes.

If your proposed work has an impact on sidewalk accessibility, your traffic control plan needs to show how you will maintain a safe, ADA-compliant pedestrian walkway.  Rather than closing a sidewalk and detouring pedestrians, look at alternatives including overhead protection (i.e. scaffolding or other pedestrian tunnel) or creating a protected walkway in the on-street parking spaces.  Here’s a link with some helpful planning information:

Here’s an example of what a protected walkway can look like:


By avoiding pedestrian detours and maintaining safe pedestrian accessibility adjacent to construction sites, you can help PBOT meet our Vision Zero goals.