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Portland Bureau of Transportation Announces Dates for Moratorium on Construction Use of the Public Right-of-Way

September 3, 2014

To all permitted users of the public rights-of-way:

Portland’s Bureau of Transportation implements a moratorium on construction use of the public right-of-way to support the holiday season and the varied activities. Due to increased activity in the city’s major retail districts during the holiday season specific areas and streets have restricted use.

Beginning November 22, 2014 and continuing through January 1, 2015, Portland’s Bureau of Transportation increases focus on keeping traffic moving freely and on-street parking available.

The moratorium prevents routine closing of parking spaces, sidewalks, travel lanes and streets 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 Avenueand 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 streets city-wide per the following:

Major streets throughout the City as shown on the Moratorium Map available on line at or at 1900 SW 4th Avenue, first floor permit center.

Emergency Exemptions:
Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and its Holiday Construction Moratorium Committee consider requests for exemption to the moratorium based on verifiable need for work in the public right-of-way. An exemption form is available on line at The completed form shall be submitted in writing as per the information below:

Construction Moratorium Committee / Attention Jeri Jenkins
1120 SW Fifth Ave., Suite # 800 Portland, OR 97204
Email address:
Fax: 503.865.3450

Questions about the moratorium may be directed to the Permit Center at 503-823-7365. In the case of an emergency, contact the Central Business District Office at 503-823-7077. Your cooperation during these dates is greatly appreciated and helps provide a positive holiday season for our community.