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Traffic Advisory: A smoother street, crosswalks and a new bike lane are coming to SW 45th Avenue from Vermont to Caldew streets

(Oct. 10, 2019) – Street improvements on SW 45th Avenue between Vermont and Caldew streets begin tomorrow, Oct. 11 through Oct. 25 from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each business day - and possibly weekends – with a full closure of SW 45th Avenue between Multnomah Boulevard and Vermont Street during work hours.

The closure will allow crews to grind and pave 0.6 lane miles of pavement to create a new, smoother street for travel.

In addition, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will be adding a new crosswalk and bike lane connection on SW 45th Avenue between SW Pendleton Street and SW Nevada Street. The project will reorganize the road to provide a missing bike network connection between the neighborhood and the Southwest Community Center, Gabriel Park, and SW Vermont bike lanes. The project will also mark a crosswalk on SW 45th Avenue at SW Pendleton Street, and a turning box for people on bikes traveling northbound to help facilitate left turns onto SW Illinois Street.

The bike lane was first identified in the Portland Bike Plan for 2030 and has been prioritized for implementation in the Southwest in Motion Plan draft. The crosswalk supports Safe Routes to School access at Hayhurst Elementary. The bike lanes are funded by Fixing Our Streets, the 10-cent gas tax for fixing our streets and making them safer and the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs.

During construction hours, travelers are requested to follow the signed detour route via SW 31st Avenue and Capitol Highway.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. The street closure will only be in effect during work hours. The narrow street and adjacent terrain make a full street closure during work hours necessary for the safety of travelers and work crews. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

Please avoid the area if possible and expect delays as we repair this section of road. 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

How do PBOT crews repave a street? In this short video, PBOT crew members explain how they grind and pave our city streets to create new, smooth roads for you: https://youtu.be/f9tyo3NyLJ0

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

News Release: Construction begins on highly anticipated N Greeley Avenue Multiuse Path and Paving Project, paid for by Fixing Our Streets

The project will increase safety for freight, motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic

greeley renderingA rendering of the future bicycle connection for the N Greeley Multiuse Path. Illustration by PBOT.

Fixing Our Streets Logo(Oct. 10, 2019) Work has begun on the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) N Greeley Avenue Multiuse Path and Paving Project. The Fixing Our Streets funded project will repave the entire width of N Greeley Avenue from  Going Street to Interstate Avenue and install a two-way, 1-mile path on the east side of N Greeley Avenue along the same stretch separated by a concrete barrier.

Greeley project map

N Greeley Avenue is a busy, high-speed road with heavy freight vehicle traffic. On Greeley, there are 25,000 motor vehicle trips per day and 15% of them are trucks; some vehicles travel at speeds of up to 60 mph. The street  also carries distinct classifications as a Major City Bikeway—providing a direct bicycle connection between St. Johns and the central city—a Priority Truck Street, and a City Walkway.

"We know that protected bike lanes are safer for people biking and driving” said Alex Zimmerman, co-chair of the Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee. “N Greeley is an important link in our bikeway network, and this project will benefit everyone using the corridor while protecting some of our most vulnerable road users."

The installation of a protected multiuse path is expected to reduce bike crashes. The roadside barriers will also reduce the severity of crashes and prevent run off the road crashes.

When the work is complete in early 2020, the new street configuration will look like this:

Greeley cross-section

Lane reductions and bike detours during construction

During construction, incremental lane closures will be required along N Greeley Avenue. PBOT traffic engineers will monitor traffic in the area closely and make adjustments to the traffic control plan as necessary to accommodate freight and other traffic accessing Swan Island. This is critical because of the lane closures on the N Going Street Bridge following the Union Pacific train derailment last month.

Greeley bike detour map

People biking are asked to use the designated bicycle detour on N Interstate Avenue and Willamette Boulevard during construction. The detour is expected to remain in place for the duration of construction, which is estimated to be completed by late-winter, early-spring 2020.

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

The project is funded by a City Council-approved Major Maintenance Set-Aside as well as the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax through the voter-approved Fixing Our Streets. The total project budget is $1,800,000.

For more information, please visit the N Greeley Avenue Multiuse Path and Paving Project website.  

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News Blog: Designing streets for Portland’s future

Video Screen shot smarter street

Watch a new video that explains the benefits of reconfiguring our major arterial streets for all Portlanders.

(Oct. 10, 2019) Designing roads for safety—especially on major streets known as arterials—has been a historic challenge for cities across the country. Portland arterials make up just 8% of city streets, but nearly 60% of the city’s traffic deaths and serious injuries. That is why the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) places such a high priority on arterials. PBOT knows that reducing speed on these roads, among other improvements, is key to making these streets safer and reducing the likelihood (and severity) of crashes.

Watch a new video that shows how we're redesigning streets for the benefit of all Portlanders:

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Our roads and what's been built up around them has changed significantly over the last half century, but so have people’s habits and the transportation options they have. PBOT’s new designs for arterials reflect this growth and these changes, ensuring arterials work for everyone, with reconfigured lanes, safer pedestrian crossings, new places for people to bike, and better access to frequent transit service to help all Portlanders get where they need to go safely and efficiently.

SW Capitol Highway Complete Streets

Recent updates to SW Capitol Highway from Huber Street to SW 49th Avenue and Kerr Parkway have already earned praise from community members, including Shawn Garnett, Principal of Markham Elementary School, saying, "I had some reservations at first, thinking it could end up being a traffic jam nightmare in the mornings and afternoons with all the school buses, pedestrians, and cars. The changes made in front of Markham are the BEST ever for students and everyone else’s safety. This has been a LONG time coming, but it has finally come. The changes respect the lives of children and adults. The reduction to two lanes on Capitol Highway in just that small stretch emphasizes the importance of people’s safety, especially in front of a school. This makes it so much easier for our safety patrol students to do their jobs and helps me to breathe easier. I could not be happier with the new configuration."

Disproportionate impact 

Another reason PBOT prioritizes safety on arterials is because of who we know is most affected by traffic violence. The following populations all have a disproportionately higher risk of suffering a life-altering injury on Portland streets:

  • People of color
  • People with lower incomes
  • Pedestrians and people biking
  • People living east of 82nd Avenue
  • School-aged children
  • Adults over the age of 65

Our city policies guide us to ensure all Portlanders have access to safe streets and that no single group is disproportionately impacted by traffic violence. A life-altering injury or fatality every other month is simply unacceptable. No one wants to come home to news that a family member was rushed to the hospital due to a car crash.

More information about our Vision Zero efforts to reduce and eliminate life altering and fatal crashes can be found here: www.visionzeroportland.com

East Portland Arterial Street Strategy

Based on the feedback of Portland residents, PBOT has launched an initiative called the East Portland Arterial Street Strategy. With this initiative, PBOT is seeking a holistic approach to making East Portland arterial streets safer while also planning for the travel demands of the future.

This means that each arterial may require a different approach or design. Reconfiguring lanes, as we have done on corridors like SE Foster Road and NE Glisan Street, is one of many tools in PBOT’s toolbox to improve safety, but it may not be the right fit for every arterial. 

We encourage your feedback on these and other initiatives as we continue to work on making East Portland safer. Thank you for your suggestions.

News Blog: PBOT and PSU’s Traffic and Transportation Course kicks off it's 28th year with a new equity-focused curriculum

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The PBOT and PSU Traffic and Transportation Course Class of 2019 with instructor Thuy Tu (far right). Photo by PBOT.

(Oct. 7, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland State University's 28-year-old Portland Traffic and Transportation Course has a fresh new feel this year with a new instructor, new guest speakers, and an updated, equity-focused curriculum.

The course provides on opportunity to have in-depth conversations with guest lecturers, all transportation leaders from Portland and beyond. This year’s lineup includes: Marisa DeMull (Engineer at Alta Planning + Design), Tamika Butler (Toole Design's Director of Planning for California and the Director of Equity and Inclusion), and Art Pearce (Manager of Policy, Planning & Projects at PBOT). The new instructor, Thuy Tu, brings with her 20 years of experience as a Senior Transportation Planner and Civil Engineering Project Manager and a strong focus on equity, livability, and resilience.

Community input from people who live, work, and travel on a particular street or corridor is crucial to a transportation project’s success. This class will explore ways that community members can influence projects early in the planning stages. Community engagement can take many forms, from open houses and design workshops to advisory committees. Learn how the transportation system is developed and shaped using transportation policy, plans, and community input. Community-based organizations will also be joining the lineup of guest speakers to share their experiences in planning with PBOT and the city.

The Portland Traffic and Transportation Course was created in 1991 by Portland's then-Transportation Commissioner Earl Blumenauer (now U.S. Representative for Oregon's 3rd congressional district) and Rick Gustafson, former Metro Executive Officer and Oregon House Representative.

When: Thursdays at 6:40 p.m., Oct. 3 – Dec. 5, 2019

Where: Tune in live via webinar or watch the recorded videos that will be posted the next day.

Interested in joining the course? Registration is closed for 2019. Registration for the next fall class will open in summer 2020.

For more information about the course, visit: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/35727

News Release: Safer crossings, rapid-flashing beacon coming to NE Sandy Boulevard and 31st Avenue, thanks to Fixing Our Streets

This project was made possible by Fixing our Streets, a voter-approved 10-cent gas tax for restoring our streets and making them safer.

Intersection of 31st Avenue and Sandy Boulevard

(Sept. 23, 2019) A new Fixing Our Streets safety project starts construction today, with the installation of a rapid-flashing beacon, upgraded ADA-accessible curb ramps and other safety improvements at NE Sandy Boulevard and 31st Avenue. This Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) project will make crossing NE Sandy Boulevard—a high crash corridor—safer for pedestrians to get to TriMet’s frequent-service Line 12 bus stop and to other businesses in the area.

Sandy Boulevard is designated as a High Crash Corridor which means there are a high concentration of crashes along it. On Sandy Boulevard, from 2013 to 2017, there have been a total of 759 injury crashes, including: 2 fatalities, 27 serious injuries, and 204 moderate injuries. The intersection of NE Sandy Boulevard and 31st Avenue was first identified for improvement in the 2014 NE Sandy High Crash Corridor Safety Plan.

During construction, 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

This project was made possible by Fixing our Streets, a voter-approved 10-cent gas tax for restoring our streets and making them safer. It is the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to transportation needs. Fixing our Streets projects span across Portland to the benefit of all Portlanders.

The NE Sandy Boulevard and 31st Avenue project is funded with $149,000 from Fixing Our Streets and additional funding from state “Quick Builds” funds. Quick Builds is a pool of funds from a 2017 House Bill dedicated to small capital projects.

For more information, visit the project webpage or contact the project manager: 

Sheila Parrott

sheila.parrott@portlandoregon.gov

503-823-5817

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