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News Release: Commissioner Eudaly, transportation agencies share winter plans, advise the public to get ready for winter travel

 Transportation agencies, police and fire officials

Transportation agencies and first responders gather at PBOT's Maintenance Operations Headquarters to share information about winter weather preparedness Nov. 21, 2019. Photos by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

"We're ready for winter. Are you ready?"

First responders urge public to not abandon vehicles in travel, public transit lanes

(Nov. 21, 2019) Portland Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Portland-area transportation agencies shared their winter weather plans on Thursday, and advised the public about the best ways to prepare for winter conditions.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Washington State Department of Transportation and TriMet have been coordinating their efforts and planning for winter conditions for months. Maintenance managers have met with meteorologists to discuss the weather outlook for the season.

During a Thursday news conference at Albina Yard in PBOT's Maintenance Operations Headquarters, emergency response managers gathered in front of the City of Portland’s road salt supply to discuss how they have been preparing for winter. Officials with the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Fire & Rescue were on hand to encourage safe travel and thank transportation agencies for clearing the routes they depend on to respond to emergencies. Portland Streetcar, Portland Bureau of Emergency Management and C-TRAN transit agency were on hand to share information.

Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

“In advance of the expected severe winter weather, I encourage everyone to focus on clearing your sidewalks,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “Remember that we are all a part of one community and that your neighbors may need your help. Elderly Portlanders and Portlanders with disabilities are particularly vulnerable during winter storms—please consider checking in with your neighbors and offering to clear sidewalks for those who need assistance.”

“When it comes to winter weather, PBOT’s mission is to help everyone get home safe,” said Chris Warner, Director of PBOT. “We have been getting Winter Ready. We also need the public to be winter ready. If there’s snow and ice the forecast, telecommute if you can. If you need to travel, use public transit as a first option. If you plan to drive, plan ahead. Match your driving conditions with the weather conditions. With caution and common sense, we really can all get home safe.”

“Whatever winter throws at us this year, we’ll be ready,” said Ted Miller, ODOT’s maintenance and operations manager for the Portland area. “Our tools include salt but like all of our tools, it’s not a perfect solution to all winter problems. And remember, we all play a part in making sure the roads operate smoothly in winter storms.”

“TriMet works with other transportation agencies to keep transit moving each day, but that partnership is never more urgent than during wintry weather,” said TriMet Chief Operating Officer Sam Desue, Jr. “We have stocked up on chains and readied our equipment, and we ask riders to prepare as well. Check out our winter riding tips at trimet.org, and when the snow or ice begins to fall, know that we at TriMet, as well as our partners, will do all we can to keep you moving safely.” 

“Our crews are ready for winter and work hard to keep roads clear, but as last winter showed, when severe weather comes through we all experience it which is why we need the public’s help,” said WSDOT Highway Maintenance Supervisor, Patricia Cummins. “For the safety of the traveling public, please be sure to clear snow off your car before you hit the road. It improves the drivers visibility and it reduces the chances of snow flying off and hitting other travelers. We also want to remind all users of the road if you must drive, drive for the conditions and to their comfort level. Most collisions are due to spin outs or because vehicles are traveling too fast on icy roads. Prepare early and stay informed about road conditions and restrictions. These small steps can make a big difference in helping to keep traffic moving during storms.”

“C-TRAN is prepared for whatever winter may bring this year," said Christine Selk, spokesperson for C-TRAN, the Clark County transit agency. "Our Operations, Maintenance and Communication teams are committed to keeping passengers safe and informed. To that end, we encourage riders to follow us at c-tran.com or on Twitter at @ctranvancouver for the latest weather updates.”

 Chris Warner with PBOT staff

Chris Warner, director of PBOT, with Tara Wasiak, Maintenance Operations Group Manager and Ted Harvey, a veteran snowplow operator for PBOT who was recently profiled in the Willamette Week newspaper. Snowplows from PBOT and Washington State Department of Transportation were on display at Albina Yard today. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Pictures from today's news conference on PBOT's Flickr account

Stay up to date with PBOT on winter weather:

  • WINTER WEATHER CENTER  Interactive map showing PBOT’s priority snow and ice routes, where we deploy salt, as well as real-time traffic, weather, road closure, and plow information.
  • PUBLIC ALERTS  Stay Informed. Sign up for emergency notifications via text, email, or phone from regional agencies including PBOT, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT), TriMet, and Multnomah County.
  • GET HOME SAFE: Winter Travel Tips  How to plan ahead for winter weather, plus essential tips for taking transit, walking, biking, and driving in winter weather.
  • PBOT NOTIFICATIONS  Choose the PBOT notifications you want to receive via email or text including news releases, traffic advisories, and winter weather information.

 

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation 

Traffic Advisory: N Denver Avenue now open in both directions

The N Denver Avenue paving project is funded by Fixing Our Streets, the first local funding source in Portland’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs

N Denver Ave cross section

Fixing Our Streets Logo

(Nov. 12, 2019) Yesterday, the Portland Bureau of  Transportation's (PBOT) contractor successfully completed paving the northbound lanes of N Denver Avenue from Lombard to Watts streets. This completes the paving phase of this project and N Denver Avenue is now permanently back open in both directions.

With the paving complete, both lanes of travel are now open to pedestrians and people biking and driving. The final stage of the project is striping and signage. Restriping this segment will allow for curb-tight parking and buffered bike lanes per the plan shared with the neighborhood in December of 2018. The striping is currently scheduled for this Thursday, Nov. 14. This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.

Curious what the final street will look like? Take a closer look on the project website.

Do you live on N Denver Avenue and have specific questions about your property frontage? Please call Project Manager Geren Shankar at 503-823-4793.

PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses as we work to wrap up this construction project.

Thank you Kenton neighborhood businesses for your patience during construction!

North Denver / Kenton businesses

Thanks for supporting your local neighborhood businesses!


About Fixing Our Streets:

In May 2016, Portland voters put their trust in the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) when they approved Measure 26-173, a new 10-cent gas tax for fixing our streets and making them safer. This was the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs. With these funds, PBOT has been working hard to deliver for Portland. Under the banner of Fixing Our Streets, PBOT manages every project funded by these taxes to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system for everyone.

Fixing Our Streets Banner

 

Traffic Advisory: Final paving work scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 on N Denver Avenue from Lombard to Watts streets

The N Denver Avenue paving project is funded by Fixing Our Streets, the first local funding source in Portland’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs

paving on denver ave

PBOT-contracted crews pave N Denver Avenue on a beautiful autumn day. Photo by PBOT.

Fixing Our Streets Logo

(Nov. 8, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises that crews contracted with PBOT will be paving the northbound lanes on N Denver Avenue between Lombard and Watts streets on Monday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the final major paving work for this project.

Work will begin at 8 a.m. and will be completed by 3 p.m. Southbound traffic be will unaffected, while northbound traffic will follow the detour currently in place at N Interstate Avenue. Nearby residents can expect construction noise and people driving can expect delays on N Denver Avenue between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

Residents on the east side of N Denver Avenue will be unable to access driveways during work hours. Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses as we work to wrap up this construction project.

For project updates on closures and detours: Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/denver to learn more and sign up for email or text updates.

Kenton neighborhood businesses are open during construction!

North Denver / Kenton businesses

Kenton businesses will be open during construction. Parking is available on side streets during the street closure. Thanks for supporting your local neighborhood businesses!

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


 

About Fixing Our Streets:

In May 2016, Portland voters put their trust in the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) when they approved Measure 26-173, a new 10-cent gas tax for fixing our streets and making them safer. This was the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs. With these funds, PBOT has been working hard to deliver for Portland. Under the banner of Fixing Our Streets, PBOT manages every project funded by these taxes to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system for everyone.

Fixing Our Streets Banner

News Release: Downtown SmartPark all-day rates to change on Nov. 18th

New rates to encourage more turnover in garages designed for short-term needs of downtown shoppers, visitors, and business clients. Short-term parking rates will remain the same.

(Nov. 8, 2019) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced that all-day rates in the five city-owned SmartPark garages will go up, starting Monday, Nov. 18. The rates will rise by two dollars a day, ranging from $16/day in the 10th and Yamhill garage to $20/day at the 1st and Jefferson garage. The change will only apply to customers who enter a garage between 5 a.m. and 4:59 p.m. and stay for more than four hours. Rates for people parking up to four hours will stay the same as will evening rates which begin at 5 p.m.

SmartPark garages provide important support for downtown Portland's business, commercial and cultural activity. They are designed to provide short-term parking for shoppers, tourists, and business clients. To ensure that these downtown visitors can easily find parking, PBOT aims for an 85% occupancy rate in each garage. Recently, occupancy rates in the five garages have all been over the 85% threshold with occupancy in the 1st and Jefferson garage approaching 100%. 

By raising the rates for long-term parking, but keeping them the same for short-term parking, PBOT hopes to increase the available spaces for people visiting, shopping and conducting business in downtown. Making more spaces available is particularly important in the coming weeks as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear. 

SmartPark short-term rates are among the lowest in the Central City and the SmartPark garages are conveniently located near popular culinary, commercial and cultural destinations. 

PBOT encourages anyone who needs long term parking, particularly employees who work downtown, to look to private garages for their parking needs. 

The new rates were developed with input from key Central City stakeholders, including the Portland Business Alliance and the Downtown Retail Council. 

Here are the current and new rates in all five SmartPark garages.

SmartPark Garage                          Current Rate                      New Rate          

1st & Jefferson                                 $18/day                                $20/day

3rd & Alder                                       $16/day                                $18/day

4th & Yamhill                                     $16/day                               $18/day

10th & Yamhill                                   $14/day                               $16/day

Naito & Davis                                    $16/day                              $18/day

Contact Central Parking at (503) 790-9302 for questions related to SmartPark garage operating hours or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark

News Release: Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly break ground on the new Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over I-84

When completed in spring 2021, the Blumenauer Bridge will provide a vital link between two of Portland’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

Breaking ground on the Blumenauer Bridge

From left to right: Brad Maslin from the Central Eastside Industrial Council, PBOT Director Chris Warner, Wade Lange of Go Lloyd, Prosper Portland Commissioner Tavo Cruz, Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer break ground on the Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by Pierre Haou, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Nov. 7, 2019) Neighborhood advocates, community members, and officials with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), joined U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly today at NE Seventh Avenue and Flanders Street to break ground on the future Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over I-84.

The new bridge will be 475-feet long and 24-feet wide, spanning over seven lanes of I-84 traffic, two active railroad lines, and Sullivan’s Gulch. The completed bridge will have a 10-foot wide pedestrian path and a 14-foot wide path for two-way bicycle traffic.

Originally called “Sullivan’s Crossing” during its design and development, the bridge was officially named the Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge by Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in May 2019, to honor the Congressman’s steadfast, decades-long advocacy for cycling and pedestrian issues in Portland and across the country.

Congressman Blumenauer with a bike.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer at the groundbreaking event. Photo by Pierre Haou, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

A bike commuter since 1973, Congressman Blumenauer first began biking to work when he became a state legislator, riding regularly from his apartment in Salem to the Oregon State Capitol. As a member of the Portland City Council from 1987 to 1996, Rep. Blumenauer launched and provided critical leadership on many of the bike initiatives that are staples of Portland today. Among these are:

  • The Neighbor Ride Event (a precursor to Portland’s Sunday Parkways)
  • BikeFest on the Burnside Bridge (a precursor to Providence Bridge Pedal)
  • Bike to Work in the Rain Day (a precursor to the Worst Day of the Year Ride)
  • The Traffic and Transportation course at Portland State University, hosted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • The Yellow Bike Program (a precursor to national bike-share programs such as Portland’s BIKETOWN)
  • School Zone Transportation Safety Projects and “Portland Kids on the Move” (a precursor to PBOT's Safe Routes to School program).

In 1996, under Blumenauer’s leadership, Portland adopted its first citywide Bike Plan which laid out a 20-year vision for 600 miles of bikeways across the city.

When he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, Rep. Blumenauer took Portland’s bike culture with him, cycling virtually every day to the U.S. Capitol. He also founded and co-chaired the Congressional Bike Caucus, which has had hundreds of members over the years, and helped promote cycling, having fun, and demonstrated the spirit of “bike-partisanship.” Most recently, Rep. Blumenauer introduced the Vision Zero Act of 2019. This legislation would allow communities to access federal transportation funding for designing and implementing Vision Zero programs that work to eliminate serious and fatal traffic injuries.

The Blumenauer Bridge will serve as a vital connection for pedestrians and people biking between two of Portland’s fastest growing neighborhoods—Lloyd and the Central Eastside—and beyond. In the future it will also serve as an important link in Portland’s Green Loop.

Blumenauer Bridge rendering

A rendering of the future Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by PBOT.

The bridge will be seismically resilient and serve as a backup route for emergency vehicles over I-84 in the event of an earthquake. In addition to the bridge, the project includes two new public plazas and landings on the north and south sides of the bridge.

“It is an honor of a lifetime to be associated with this bridge,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “I have long advocated for a safer connection for cyclists and pedestrians between the Lloyd and Central Eastside districts. This is a statement of Portland’s values and culture for us to celebrate and build on.”

“Congressman Blumenauer has worked tirelessly throughout his entire career to prioritize safe, sustainable transportation—I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “The Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge, while just one part of the congressman’s impressive and ever-growing legacy, will provide a much-needed safety improvement for bicyclists and pedestrians—it will serve our community for generations to come.”

“Portland’s leadership in economic development and transit planning is on full display today,” said Prosper Portland Board Chair Tavo Cruz. “We are building 21st-century infrastructure that will deliver a safe and sustainable mode of transportation, while ensuring access to clean, well-functioning transit options, and equitable opportunities to participate in its construction.”

“The Earl Blumenauer Bridge will be a vital link in Portland’s transportation network, offering a safe and convenient freeway crossing for people who bike or walk through Lloyd, and strengthening our neighborhood’s connection to the Central Eastside and the greater central city,” said Go Lloyd Board Chair Lisa Klein. “Go Lloyd is proud to have championed and helped fund this project, and we’re thrilled that construction is getting underway.”

Blumenauer Bridge Rendering

A rendering of the future north side plaza at the Congressmen Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by PBOT.

During construction, the contractor will construct a bridge foundation on the south edge of Sullivan’s Gulch and two foundations on the north side. A temporary tower will be constructed between the I-84 freeway and railroad tracks to aid with erecting the bridge. The bridge itself will be assembled on NE Seventh Avenue at Flanders Street on the south side of the freeway. 

In August 2020, the bridge will be moved into place across the freeway and onto the temporary tower. This installation will require a full closure of I-84 in both directions for one weekend. Following this, crews will connect the bridge to the north landing. The bridge is scheduled to open in spring 2021. The bridge was designed by the Portland-based firm KPFF Consulting Engineers and the landing plazas were designed by ZGF Architects.

Funding for the project comes from the Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Area and from Transportation System Development Charges (TSDCs), which are fees paid by development to mitigate the impact of new users of the transportation system. Other funding sources include a commitment from the nonprofit transportation management association Go Lloyd and the Central Eastside Industrial Council. In January 2019, PBOT retained HP Civil Inc., an Oregon-based construction company, as general contractor for the project. The project includes 32% participation from Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Emerging Small Businesses, or Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE) including an equity partner, West Side Iron, a minority-owned Oregon business responsible for delivering and assembling the bridge structure. The estimated construction cost is $13.7 million.