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Traffic Advisory: Night closures this weekend on SE Foster Road from SE 82nd Avenue to SE 92nd Avenue for water system relocation work

Closures from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

(Dec. 7, 2018) The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SE Foster Road will undergo night closures from SE 82nd Avenue to SE 92nd Avenue for water system relocation work by the Portland Water Bureau from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

During the closure, westbound traffic on SE Foster Road will be detoured at SE 92nd Avenue to SE Holgate Boulevard to SE 82nd Avenue and back to SE Foster. Eastbound traffic on SE Foster will be detoured to SE 82nd Ave to SE Woodstock Boulevard and back to SE Foster. Westbound TriMet bus number 14 will detour to SE 92nd Ave to SE Ellis Street and eastbound to SE 82nd Ave to SE Woodstock.

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.

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

Traffic Advisory: Fixing Our Streets base repair project on SE 17th Ave completed five days ahead of schedule

This is the 135th Fixing Our Streets base repair project completed in 2018.

before and after SE 17th base repair

Before, during and after: Portland Bureau of Transportation crews replaced the asphalt bus pad on SE 17th Avenue with concrete for a more durable surface. Photos by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

UPDATE: (Dec. 7, 2018) PBOT crews reopened the roadway this morning - a full five days ahead of schedule. Crews excavated 204 cubic yards of failed asphalt and replaced the road base with 98 cubic yards of compacted rock, poured 28 yards of concrete for the new bus pad, placed 98 tons of asphalt for a new road surface of 8” and restriped the street. Thank you to the community for your patience as we work to fix our streets.

Fixing Our Streets Logo

(Nov. 29, 2018) The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements on SE 17th Avenue between SE Tacoma and SE Spokane will close the northbound lane of SE 17th Ave from December 2 through December 12, during all hours and all days.

The lane closures will allow crews to replace the asphalt bus pad with concrete for a more durable surface. In addition, crews will repair other failures to the roads surface while the concrete is allowed time to cure. The base repair work is funded by Fixing Our Streets. This is the 135th Fixing Our Streets base repair project completed in 2018.

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.Parking and traffic restrictions will be in place for the duration of this project. SE 17th Ave northbound from SE Tacoma to SE Spokane will be closed for the duration of this project to allow crews to perform their work in a safe and efficient manner and allow the concrete to cure to the appropriate strength. Northbound travelers should follow detour signage to SE 13th Ave or SE McLoughlin Blvd.

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

News Release: BIKETOWN invites riders to “Pay It Forward” this holiday season

This season BIKETOWN members and account holders can donate surplus credits to help cover the first month of membership for BIKETOWN for All members.

Biketown

BIKETOWN

This season BIKETOWN members and account holders can donate surplus credits to help cover the first month of membership for BIKETOWN for All members. Photo by BIKETOWN.

(Nov. 30, 2018) BIKETOWN members and account holders will have a chance to share their love for the bike share system with others this season through the program’s “Pay It Forward” campaign. This new initiative allows users to donate credits to BIKETOWN for All – the City’s program for discounted bike share memberships for Portlanders living on low incomes – to cover the first month of membership for BIKETOWN for All members.

BIKETOWN offers numerous ways for system users to earn credits on their balance by doing activities that support a well-balanced bike share system, like riding bikes parked outside of a station back to a station or by participating in the BIKETOWN Bonusprogram. Those credits can then be used to cover the cost of their rides or their monthly membership dues. After signing up, many BIKETOWN users quickly generate more positive credits on their balance than they need – leading to a surplus that could easily be reallocated to users who could use some financial support. Members can check to see if they have a positive balance by logging into their account and can fill out a simple form to indicate their desired credit donation amount. All donated credits will be used to support the BIKETOWN for All "Pay-it-Forward" program.

A BIKETOWN for All membership costs $3 per month and includes 90 minutes of daily riding time. The goal of the Pay-It-Forward initiative is to gather enough credits to make the first month free for every BIKETOWN for All member and eliminate a potential hurdle to membership. BIKETOWN for All members will never pay additional fees for going over time limit or parking out of the service area. Individuals who are Oregon Trail Card holders, live in affordable housing, and/or receive other social services can sign up for a BIKETOWN for All membership online at www.biketownforall.com.

There are currently 440 BIKETOWN for All members. The top BIKETOWN rider is a BIKETOWN for All member with a total of 2,200 trips made since the beginning of the program. Of the top ten BIKETOWN users across the bike share system, seven are BIKETOWN for All members. Annual BIKETOWN members, on average, have at least five credits on their account at any given time.

All new BIKETOWN for all Members will receive the $3 Pay-it-Forward credit and, as part of their membership, agree that when they generate enough credit to pay for their next 6 months, $3 will be donated from their account back into the Pay-it-Forward program. The “Pay it Forward” opportunity will be available for general BIKETOWN members this season, to give all BIKETOWN members, not just BIKETOWN for All members, an opportunity to contribute and support the program.

Learn more about BIKETOWN for All at www.biketownforall.com.

News Blog: How do you walk, bike and roll in SW? Tell us at the Southwest in Motion Open House!

Walking on SW Taylor's Ferry

A person walks their dogs on the shoulder of SW Taylor's Ferry Road at SW 48th Avenue. Photo by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Nov. 26, 2018) Southwest Portland’s population continues to grow, but our biking and walking facilities to help people move around the area have not. In fact, less than 50 percent of major streets in Southwest have sidewalks on either one or both sides, the lowest percentage for any area in the city. This is why PBOT staff and a team of neighborhood representatives have been meeting regularly to identify potential projects and discuss the best ways to bring walking and biking facilities to Southwest. The result is a draft project list for walking, biking, and street crossing projects, along with a list of major project priorities for future study.

Now we are ready to hear from the greater Southwest community about what they think about this initial projects and priorities. We want to hear from you, your family, and your communities about how you walk, bike and roll through your neighborhoods.

 

Learn more about these transformative projects at our Southwest in Motion Open House.

Join us on Thursday, Nov. 29th from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. at Jackson Middle School at 10625 SW 35th Ave, Portland, OR 97219. Staff from PBOT will be available to hear from you and answer questions about Southwest in Motion and other upcoming projects. RSVP online here: https://www.facebook.com/events/296488304410302/

Drop in between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m to learn more about ongoing and future projects in Southwest. Additionally, there will be brief project presentations at 5:45 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. for an orientation to the project and open house materials. Topics will include:

Your feedback on the project list and approach will inform the finalization of the Southwest in Motion Plan. PBOT will bring this plan to City Council in 2019.

An online feedback option will be available for those who cannot make the in-person event. More information will be posted at the project website (www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/SWIM) and a notification will be sent when the online review period is open.

Help spread the word! Download the flyer for our event, available for printing or emailing here.

Sign up for email updates about SWIM and other Southwest Portland transportation projects at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/subscribe

For more information, contact Nick Falbo, SWIM Project Manager, at (503) 823-6152 or nick.falbo@portlandoregon.gov.

News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for SE Holgate Blvd at SE 79 Ave on Wednesday, Nov. 28

Raising awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws

(Nov. 26, 2018) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the marked crossing on SE Holgate Boulevard at SE 79th Avenue from noon to 1:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. PBOT also reminds Portlanders to drive with care around libraries, schools, and other locations frequented by children and families.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

Holgate Boulevard is one of Portland’s 30 designated high crash network streets. This location is adjacent to Holgate Library, has bus stops on both sides of the street, and is within close proximity to Marysville Elementary School.

People driving can do their part by having more patience, driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling, and being ready to stop as needed.

Holgate at 79th Crosswalk Action

SE Holgate Boulevard at SE 79th Avenue. Image by Google.com

Education and enforcement actions such as the Nov. 28 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach achieve, Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A PBOT staff member will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses SE Holgate Boulevard to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and people driving should watch for people in the crossing.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for crossing streets in Oregon (in EnglishEspanol); and view the results of previous actions.

Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets.

For more information about Vision Zero, or to request a community briefing or enforcement action in your area, email VisionZero@portlandoregon.gov or call Matt Ferris-Smith, program specialist, at 503-823-5831.