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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements require lane closures on NE Killingsworth St from N Williams Avenue to NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, April 11-13

(April 8, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Killingsworth Street from N Williams Avenue to NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Monday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 13, 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind .86 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work throughout the year, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

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.

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

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

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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

News Release: With the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week, PBOT asks the public to be mindful of their fellow Portlanders at work in city streets

PBOT Sidewalk Dig Crew

PBOT's Sidewalk Dig Crew. Left to right: David Bowles, John Calvert, Frank Shelton, Dana Whitley. 

Photo by Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(April 11, 2016)  – Today is the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The initiative, sponsored by federal, state and local transportation officials each April, draws attention to the safety needs of road workers at the start of construction season.

In observance of the week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation calls on the traveling public to use extra caution in work zones. PBOT will be sharing photos and stories of the bureau’s maintenance crew members who work in the city’s roadways every day on their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PBOTInfo) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo) feeds. These hard working Portlanders are just feet away from fast moving traffic and potentially inattentive drivers.

Generally, crashes occur when people driving speed through a work zone, do not pay attention to changing road conditions, run into other vehicles or transportation equipment, or drive off the road completely. Given this, when driving in a work zone, the public is asked to please slow down, pay attention and stay calm. People walking or biking in a work zone should also observe barricades and road closed signage, use sidewalks if possible or other alternate routes.

Travelers should expect delays, plan for them and leave early to reach their destination on time. Remember, in roadway work zones, engineers and construction workers make safety their top priority every day—for the traveling public as well as themselves. Drivers should move into the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. People driving should double their following distance.

Every day, workers from PBOT and other agencies are out in Portland streets doing their jobs, repairing streets, installing and fixing utilities and infrastructure. PBOT is proud to join with our fellow DOTs across the United States to bring attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. Remember: paying attention saves lives.

For more information, visit FHWA Work Zone Awareness

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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

Bike Month returns - with some exciting changes

A books and bikes promotion, the new Bike More Challenge, and a party to kick it all off!

(April 11, 2016) May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling – and encourage more folks to give biking a try.

bike month signThe City of Portland has a long history of celebrating Bike Month and supporting efforts to make bicycling an attractive choice for everyday trips. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply explore your community and experience the joy of riding, Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

To roll out the month’s festivities, we are partnering with Pedal Bike Tours and Portland Pedal Power on a Bike Month Kick-Off Party. Join us for this fun event on Friday, April 29, 4:30 to 7:00pm at Pedal Bike Tours, 133 SW 2nd Ave. There will be a free raffle for prizes, light refreshments and ample bike parking provided. Raffle drawings will be held every half hour and you must be present to win.

New in 2016, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has moved their annual bike challenge from September to May, and they’ve branded it the Bike More Challenge. The BTA challenges everyone to get out of their cars and get on their bikes and see who can #bikemore during the Month of May. Every ride counts this year. Ride your bike to work, the library, the grocery store, or for fun and log all of your trips at www.bikemorechallenge.com. thanks for biking tag

Also new this year, Multnomah County Libraries, Metro and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation are partnering to give a free bike light to patrons and families who ride their bikes to any of the nineteen Multnomah County Library branches during the month of May. Biking to the library after school or on the weekend is a great way to get the whole family active together and biking more. Patrons who participate in this books and bikes promotion can request one free light per person while supplies last. And don’t forget to log your trips to the library at www.bikemorechallenge.com.

Of course we are offering all of our standard guided bike rides, classes and bike breakfasts on neighborhood greenways and more. You can see a full listing of events at www.PDXBikeMonth.com.

News Release: Replacement of storm-damaged 122nd Avenue Bridge forces three-year closure

Map of 122nd Avenue detour routes

 

PBOT to host open house to brief community 

(April 13, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation has recently obtained funding for a $2.8 million replacement of the 122nd Avenue Bridge, which spans Johnson Creek in East Portland.

The bridge was damaged by heavy rains during winter storms and will remain closed to motor vehicles until a replacement bridge can be built, expected in 2019. The bridge sidewalk currently remains open for biking and walking.

“Public safety is our top priority and in this case to keep the public safe we need to limit access to the bridge until it can be replaced,” Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “We understand a closure of this magnitude will be an inconvenience for the traveling public, and we will work to minimize the inconvenience in the coming weeks and during the construction period. We have made this decision after carefully considering the need for public safety. We’re thankful for funding recently approved by the state.”

Since January, PBOT crews have worked to stabilize the bridge site to limit the risk of further deterioration. In March, a committee of the Oregon Department of Transportation and local agencies allocated $2.5 million in Federal Highway Bridge Funds for replacement of the 122nd Avenue Bridge. The federal funds require a local match of $300,000, which PBOT will provide using general transportation revenue, which is mainly funded by parking revenue and the City’s share of state gas tax.

Travelers in the area should use alternate routes to travel between SE Foster Road and SE Flavel Street.

Local access will be maintained south of SE Foster Road and North of SE Flavel for residents and businesses. Access to the Leach Botanical Garden, a major destination in the area that is located next to the bridge, will also be maintained.

“Spring begins our busy season at Leach Botanical Garden, with weddings and events as well as casual visitors coming to enjoy the peace and beauty,” said David Porter, executive director of Leach Garden Friends, a non-profit that operates the garden for Portland Parks & Recreation. “We want people to know that our parking lot is open as normal and can be reached from the south via Flavel Street.”

The garden’s parking lot provides 32 spaces for visitors and is available south of the bridge. Visitors can walk across the bridge to reach the garden’s main entrance, just north of the bridge. A map with directions to the garden and the parking lot is available at the garden’s web site: leachgarden.org

PBOT will host an open house for the public to learn more about the bridge replacement project and to better understand the detour routes that are in place until a new bridge can be opened. The public will also have the opportunity to ask PBOT staff questions and to provide comment on signage and other measures that can help local access during the closure.

122nd Avenue Bridge Open House

7 to 8 p.m., Thursday April 28

Manor House at Leach Botanical Gardens

6704 SE 122nd Avenue

For more information on the open house, contact Cevero Gonzalez, 503-823-5080 or cevero.gonzalez@portlandoregon.gov 

PBOT crews have posted two detour routes during the bridge closure.

Alternate Route 1 SE 110th/112th:

Southbound traffic is detoured west at SE Foster Rd to southbound on SE 110th Dr/SE 112th Ave to SE Flavel St and eastbound back to SE 122nd Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured at SE Flavel St west to SE 112th Ave/SE 110th Dr, then east on SE Foster Rd, back to SE 122nd Ave. 

Alternate Route 2, SE 134th/Deardorff Road:

Southbound traffic is detoured east at SE Foster Rd to southbound on SE 134th Ave/SE Deardorff Road to SE Flavel St and westbound back to SE 122nd Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured at SE Flavel St east to Deardorff Road/ SE 134th Ave and west on SE Foster Rd, back to SE 122nd Ave.

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

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

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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 

Portland SmartTrips reaches new movers

Portland SmartTrips welcomes new movers with offer to order customized travel tools and information they need to get around Portland actively.

(April 19, 2016) According to the most recent U.S. Census data, Portland commuters choose to pedal slightly more than 7 percent of the time, using bikes at the highest rate of any major U.S. city. Portland also leads the nation in active trips to school, with local K-8 school children anwomen on a biked their families embracing walking, biking and rolling to school 42 percent of the time. Despite these positive trends, the majority of Portland residents still choose single occupancy car trips as their primary mode of transportation.

Besides the diminished community health and safety concerns of a car-dependent society, Portland's growing population and increased road congestion threaten the region's economic vitality and livability if nothing is done to get more cars off roads. Most personal everyday trips are three miles or less and easily can be done by walking, bicycling and transit. This is where SmartTrips comes in.

SmartTrips, or some form of individualized marketing program for active trips, has been delivered to Portlanders since 2003. For the last three years, SmartTrips has been reaching out to new movers, including people new to Portland and those who have changed neighborhoods. Moving is a great time to consider new ways to get around because with new environs, you are already forced to create new travel patterns.

Since 2014, SmartTrips has provided information to over 73,000 new mover households, and our bicycle delivery staff has delivered more than 8,000 personalized transportation packets to people's doorsteps. As a result, participants in our program report they are walking, biking and taking transit more than before. In fact, they are driving almost 12 percent less than prior to moving for both neighborhood trips and for getting to work. The primary goal of SmartTrips is to reduce drive alone trips while increasing active trips.

smarttrips logoThe first SmartTrips order forms went out to new movers in March and we have already received over 1,000 orders for customized transportation packets filled with maps and information to help people make healthy new travel habits for getting around Portland. Beginning in May, SmartTrips will offer our great menu of Ten Toe Express walks, and bike rides and classes offered through Portland By Cycle.