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Traffic Advisory: PBOT closes NE 42nd Avenue bridge July 17 to 24 for repairs

Map of NE 42nd Avenue Bridge

The NE 42nd Avenue Bridge will be closed for repairs June 17-24. Portland Bureau of Transportation.

By Katie MacDougall, PBOT

(July 15, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the traveling public that work on the NE 42nd Avenue Bridge over NE Lombard Street will keep the bridge closed to all traffic for one week, starting Wednesday. NE Lombard Street and NE Portland Highway (Route 30 Bypass) will not be affected. The closure is scheduled to start at 7 a.m. on July 17 and go through 3 p.m. on July 24.

Local access will be maintained between the bridge and the intersection of NE 42nd Avenue and Columbia Boulevard, to the north, but through traffic over the bridge will not be allowed.

A biennial bridge inspection revealed a need for maintenance on the 42nd Avenue Bridge. Two of the four grout pads were worn out and the bridge had sunk 2 inches. The maintenance repairs will raise the bridge to its original height above Lombard Street and replace the grout pads. This is a short-term repair to maintain the bridge’s service condition.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet bus service, check trimet.org/alerts.

NE 42nd Avenue Bridge Aerial View

Safer crossings like this example at NE 102nd Avenue and Knott Street will be installed as part of the Phase I improvements.

PBOT crews are posting a detour route for people driving vehicles.

Detour for northbound 42nd Avenue travelers:

Traffic will be detoured east at 42nd Avenue onto NE Lombard Street (Route 30 Bypass) to northbound on 60th Avenue to westbound on NE Columbia Blvd to reach NE 47th Avenue.

Detour for southbound 47nd Avenue travelers:

Traffic will be detoured east on NE Columbia Blvd to southbound on NE 60th Avenue to westbound on NE Portland Highway to reach NE Lombard St and NE 42nd Avenue.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously, observe the closure signage and directions by reader boards and detour signage.

With two large freight corridors and freight rail lines, the area has limited street connectivity. People walking and biking in the area are advised to plan ahead for an alternative route, and consider NE 33rd Avenue as a potential route for bicycle access.

The work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

NE 42nd Avenue Bridge Detour Map

 

Bridge replacement planned for 2021

PBOT has funding to replace the bridge, with a project anticipated to start construction in 2021. The 42nd Avenue Bridge and Corridor Project will add a bike lane and multi-use path to improve connections between the Holman neighborhood greenway and the upcoming protected bikeway on NE 47th Avenue. This $17 million project will provide better access for freight that uses NE Lombard and NE Portland Highway (Route 30 Bypass), improving traffic. Learn more about the 42nd Avenue Bridge and Corridor Project at the project website.

 

Columbia/ Lombard study looks at the future of safety, mobility in the area

 

The 42nd Avenue Bridge is a part of the Columbia/Lombard Mobility Corridor. Columbia and Lombard have been identified as High Crash Network streets by PBOT’s Vision Zero program, with high rates of fatal and injury crashes, as well as major gaps in bicycling and walking routes. 

The Columbia/ Lombard Mobility Corridor Plan is a plan to address safety, mobility, and access for freight, active transportation, and public transit both along the corridor (east/west) and across it (north/south). The project area runs from I-5 to I-205 with a buffer area to include parallel routes. The project began in January 2019 and is expected to go to City Council in summer 2020.

Learn more and sign up for email updates, including upcoming street design options, at the project website portlandoregon.gov/transportation/columbia/lombard

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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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

Traffic Advisory: Safety improvements at intersection of Highway 30, NW Vaughn Street and NW 23rd Avenue begin today

23rd Street and Vaughn Street intersection

The current intersection at NW 23rd Avenue and Vaughn Street looking east. Courtesy of Google Streetview

(July 12, 2019) – Construction begins today at the intersection of NW 23rd Avenue and Vaughn Street and U.S. Highway 30 as part of the NW 20th Avenue Local Improvement District which will reconnect the Slabtown neighborhood and Northwest Portland by extending NW 20th Avenue and NW Thurman Street.  

This project will adjust the location of the pedestrian refuge island on the north side of the intersection and will create a new pedestrian refuge island at the south side. In addition, the new design opens the eastern crosswalk to pedestrians and adds a pedestrian signal to the crosswalk between the NE corner and the pedestrian island on that corner. All corners and curb ramps will be upgraded to current ADA accessibility standards.

The new intersection geometry is designed to accommodate a WB-67 design vehicle (a 53’ semi truck and trailer). The existing design does not fully accommodate those large vehicles. Other intersection changes include creating a turn lane for northbound traffic from NW 23rd Avenue heading onto the U.S. 30 ramp toward I-405 and reconfiguring the two eastbound travel lanes on NW Vaughn St to one thru lane and one right turn only lane. All of these changes will improve safety as well as help traffic flow much better through the intersection and improve transit operations for TriMet buses - frequent service line 15 as well as lines 24 and 77 travel through this intersection.

Overhead view of 23rd Ave. and Vaughn St

Construction starts today, Friday, July 12, and will be completed by August 13. During construction, at least one thru lane in each direction will be kept open for use. During morning and evening rush hour, before 9:00 a.m. and after 4:00 p.m., all lanes at the intersection will be open.  

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 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

The project paves the way for build out of the Con-way Master Plan, unlocking more than $500 million in mixed-use housing development for an area comprised mostly of surface parking lots adjacent to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, the oldest Catholic Church in the Portland area.

Property owners XPO, Esco and Cairn Pacific own a half-dozen city blocks surrounding NW Thurman and 19th Avenue. They are paying a combined $7.6 million for the street improvements, which give the properties more development potential. They worked with PBOT to form a Local Improvement District to organize the funding needed for the improvements.

PBOT is contributing $1 million in system development charges, which are fees paid by developers to help offset the impact of population growth on the transportation system. The Bureau of Environmental Services is investing about $1 million for sewer construction, which will be coordinated with road construction so the roads don't have to be torn up twice.

Corpac Construction won the contract to build the road improvements. The project has 82 percent participation of MWESB contracting, more than double the city's goal for contracting with minority-owned, women-owned and emerging small businesses.

PBOT's Local Improvement District program works with property owners of all sizes, all across Portland, to build new roads, streetcar lines, drainage improvements and other transportation infrastructure that improve quality of life, the economy and transportation access.

Questions? Please contact the Local Improvement District Administrator and Project Manager, Andrew Aebi, at 503.823.5648 or andrew.aebi@portlandoregon.gov.

News Release: Construction on a safer NE 102nd Avenue begins Monday

The project is another example of Fixing Our Streets funding in action

102nd Avenue rendering

Safer crossings like this example at NE 102nd Avenue and Knott Street will be installed as part of the Phase I improvements.

Vision Zero Portland logo

(July 11, 2019) On Monday, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will begin work on the NE 102nd Avenue Safety Project. Informed by extensive conversations with neighbors and community stakeholders, the project will add better pedestrian crossings, new bike lanes with more separation between people driving and people biking and make it easier for residents to get to transit stops. The project is funded by the Fixing Our Streets Program.

NE 102nd Avenue is a high crash street for people walking, meaning it is one of Portland’s most dangerous streets for pedestrians. Between 2012-2016 there were 258 total crashes, including nine pedestrian crashes, six bicycle crashes. Since 2014, there have been three fatalities on NE 102nd Avenue.

NE 102nd and Morris

Current conditions on NE 102nd Avenue at Morris Street. Photo by Liz Rickles, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

To make the street safer, especially for people walking, PBOT crews will install a center turn lane, a motor vehicle lane in each direction of travel, a parking lane on each side of the street, a buffered bike lane on each side of the street and modifications to the striping on the street. Construction will take approximately two weeks, between 3 a.m. and 3 p.m., with periodic lane closures during that time. During construction, please travel cautiously, observe all lane closures 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 will monitor the results of these safety improvements and collect data on safety, vehicle speeds, vehicle and transit delay, and traffic on nearby streets. The bureau will also collect feedback from the community.

If the initial changes show positive results, PBOT will add more safety measures to the street. These could include converting temporary pedestrian refuge islands to permanent concrete installations, adding a new sidewalk at Fremont and 102nd and building new ADA accessible curb ramps along the street, among others.

To inform the planning and design process the project team held two open houses, in April 2018 and January 2019, to collect feedback and answer questions from the community, and present project designs. The project team collected additional feedback via an online survey and coordinated with numerous local organizations, including the City of Maywood Park, Parkrose Heights Neighborhood Association, Parkrose Neighborhood Association, Mount Hood Community College, Parkrose Business Association, and East Portland Chamber of Commerce. Resident support for the project has been largely positive.

The total project budget is $697,000, including $331,000 from Fixing our Streets, with additional funding from Transportation System Development Charges and the Cannabis Tax.

For more information, visit the NE 102nd Ave Safety Project website or contact the project manager:

Christopher Sun, 503-823-5391, Christopher.Sun@portlandoregon.gov 

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News Release: Long-awaited traffic signal coming soon to NE 122nd Avenue and Marine Drive

The signal and other improvements will help move traffic more easily and safely

122nd and Marine Drive

A common occurence on NE 122nd Avenue and Marine Drive, as viewed from a city traffic camera - traffic lined up at the stop sign as people driving wait for an opportunity to safely turn left onto NE Marine Drive - will be resolved with the installation of a new traffic signal at the intersection.

(July 10, 2019) Work has begun on a series of safety improvements at NE 122nd Avenue and Marine Drive, including a new traffic signal. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Parks & Recreation are partnering on the improvements, which will make the intersection safer and improve access to the nearby multiuse path.

Currently, the T-intersection at NE 122nd Avenue and Marine Drive has a stop sign with a flashing red light for traffic turning onto Marine Drive. Traffic on NE Marine Drive does not have to stop, often causing long backups during peak travel hours for people wanting to turn from 122nd. The new signal will help drivers on 122nd Avenue to turn onto Marine Drive. It will also include a protected left turn for people turning from westbound Marine Drive onto southbound 122nd Avenue. Additional features include a bike signal to help people on bikes cross Marine Drive from the southeast corner of the intersection, allowing them to connect to the westbound bike lane on Marine Drive. The traffic signal is located on a flood control levee for the Columbia River, so PBOT coordinated with Multnomah County Drainage District and obtained permits from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

“This traffic signal is an important step towards a safer Marine Drive and achieving our Vision Zero goals,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “I am thankful to our Parks & Recreation bureau partners for supporting this important infrastructure investment.”

The project is part of a series on Marine Drive between NE 33rd and 185th avenues, one of Portland’s high-crash streets. PBOT will install new rapid-flashing beacons and streetlights at NE 138th and NE 185th avenues, upgrade an existing yellow-flashing beacon at NE 112th Avenue to a rapid-flashing beacon, and add buffered bike lanes from NE 112th to 122nd avenues.

PBOT will also be installing shoulder and centerline rumble strips from NE 33rd to 185th Avenues. On Marine Drive, 19% of crashes are lane-departure crashes where a person drives out of their travel lane. On average, centerline rumble strips reduce all crash types by 9% and head-on or sideswipe crashes (which are often serious) by 44%. On average, shoulder rumble strips reduce crashes by 36%.

From 2012 to 2016 on Marine Drive between NE 33rd and NE 185th avenues, there were 189 total crashes including 4 fatalities and 144 injuries. Since January 2017, six more fatalities have occurred along this segment. In May 2019, the speed limit on this stretch of road was reduced from 45 to 40 mph. There are fixed speed safety cameras located in two locations on the corridor – westbound near NE 138th Avenue and eastbound near NE 33rd Avenue.

“This critical safety investment has been a long time coming, we’re grateful to Portland Parks & Recreation for helping us obtain the funding for this new signal,” said Transportation Director Chris Warner. “The new intersection will be safer for everyone – whether they are walking, biking, or driving.”

With support from Portland Parks & Recreation, the project will also fill in gaps in the multiuse path adjacent to the road between NE 112th and NE 185th Avenues. The two-way multiuse path is part of the 40-Mile Loop.

“Thanks to our PBOT partners for working with Parks on improvements to the Marine Drive path,” says Portland Parks Commissioner Nick Fish. “The new trail will be safer and easier to access for all users.”

Project funding comes from $1,077,000 through a Regional Flexible Funds Grant from the federal government obtained by Portland Parks & Recreation and administered through Metro. Other project funding includes $589,000 in Parks System Development Charges (SDCs) and $50,000 from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT)’s Vision Zero. Portland Parks & Recreation obtained the grant and did preliminary design work with PBOT finishing out the project for the City.

“Portland Parks & Recreation is proud to have secured the grant for substantial work on the Marine Drive Trail project,” says PP&R Director Adena Long. “Better safety and increased accessibility will help all trail users, and we look forward to the project’s completion.”

Parks System Development Charges (SDCs) are one-time fees assessed on new development to cover a portion of the cost of providing specific types of public infrastructure required as a result of this development. Park SDCs help ensure that Portland's quality of life keeps pace with our growing and changing city by providing additional parks and recreation facilities needed to accommodate growth.

Construction will be ongoing through the summer with all elements scheduled for completion by the end of 2019. For more information, visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/59283.

Traffic Advisory: Paving begins in Multnomah Village for the SW Capitol Highway Paving Project

Coming soon: A smoother, safer and more accessible street for all.

(July 10, 2019) – Paving for the first section of the SW Capitol Highway Paving Projectbegins on Friday, July 12 at 9 p.m. on SW Capitol Highway from SW 36th Avenue to SW 35th Avenue. The road will reopen on Monday, July 15 at 7 a.m.

This one-block section of SW Capitol Highway which runs one-way eastward through the heart of Multnomah Village has some of the oldest (100 years) and most deteriorated pavement along the corridor and will require a full street rebuild. As a result, the road will be closed to ALL traffic during the construction period to allow crews to remove approximately 18 inches of damaged pavement to the dirt base and rebuild the street from the bottom up.

 base repair youtube video

Learn how PBOT crews rebuild streets by watching this video: https://youtu.be/aT21YQSfkPE

Sidewalks will be open along the full length of the project area and business access will be maintained. During construction, motor vehicles and TriMet bus line 44 heading eastbound will be detoured to SW Multnomah Boulevard via SW 40th Avenue and reconnect to SW Capitol Highway at SW 35th Avenue. Westbound traffic will continue straight on SW Troy Street to SW 40th Avenue to reconnect with SW Capitol Highway.

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 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

Multnomah Village open for business

Multnomah Village is open for business during construction! Thanks for your patience while we make SW Capitol Highway a smoother, safer and more accessible street for all. Join PBOT to celebrate the project’s completion at Multnomah Days on Saturday, August 17.

The SW Capitol Highway Paving project is funded by Fixing Our Streets. Learn more about Fixing Our Streets at www.fixingourstreets.com

Learn more about the project at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/caphwypaving

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