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The City of Portland, Oregon

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Phone: 503-823-7300


1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201

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Street Closure Moratorium

Each year, during the holiday season and again during the Rose Festival activities,Portland's Bureau of Transportation limits routine work that requires the closing of parking spaces, sidewalks, travel lanes and streets to accommodate increased activity in the city’s major retail districts.

Beginning November 23, 2013 and continuing through January 1, 2014 Portland’s Bureau of Transportation will implement the moratorium in the core areas as follows:

  • Downtown within the boundary formed by the Willamette River, SW Market Street, SW 13th Avenue and West Burnside Street.
  • Portland’s Old Town Chinatown Business District and Pearl District within the boundary formed by the Willamette River, NW Pettygrove Street, NW 14th Avenue and West Burnside Street.
  • The Lloyd District within the boundary formed by NE 16th Avenue, NE Broadway, NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, and NE Lloyd Blvd.
  • The moratorium also prevents the closing of travel lanes and major streets city-wide. These streets are identified on the Moratorium Map on the Bureau of Transportation website at

Questions about the moratorium may be directed to the Transportation Permit Counter or at 503-823-7365.

Work in the sidewalk or roadway necessitated by special conditions must be approved by the Bureau of Transportation and in most cases reviewed by the moratorium committee members before authorization by permit or agreement will be issued.

All requests must be submitted using the Moratorium form available from the Portland Bureau of Transportation. If you have questions please contact Jeri Jenkins at 503.865.3450.