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Traffic Advisory: Crane lift to close lanes on Naito Parkway Feb. 13 and 14

(Feb. 12, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that a private contractor’s permitted work using a large crane will require lane closures on SW Naito Parkway starting at 5 a.m. on Saturday Feb. 13 through Sunday afternoon, Feb. 14. The lanes will be closed overnight and are scheduled to be reopened at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

Southbound travel lanes on Naito Parkway will be closed from Southwest Market Street to Southwest Harrison Street. One northbound travel lane will be open at all times, but one northbound lane will be closed from SW Lincoln to SW Market. No northbound turns will be affected.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

Access to Mercedes-Benz of Portland and the parking garage for Harrison Square office building will be maintained at all times. Flaggers will be present to assist traffic in and out of these facilities.

The closure is to allow access for Campbell Crane to use a mobile crane to lift HVAC equipment needed for the Harrison Square office building.

Southbound traffic will have two posted detours. Southbound motorists going to Interstate 5 will still have two left turn lanes at Market to turn left onto SW Harbor Drive and continue to I-5.

Southbound motorists continuing on Naito Parkway will be directed to turn west onto SW Clay, then south onto SW First Avenue, then east onto SW Harrison Street, then return to SW Naito Parkway.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Education and enforcement action planned on SE 82nd ahead of safety improvements

A new crossing is on the way but people on foot and in vehicles are reminded to use care now.

(February 12, 2016)  The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau have scheduled a safety education and enforcement action for SE 82nd Avenue near the Portland Community College (PCC) Southeast Campus. This action will take place on Wednesday, February 17, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Division Street intersection crosswalk and at the midblock crossing on 82nd Avenue.

Person waiting at busy intersectionMany people on foot and in vehicles cross this section of SE 82nd Avenue every day, going to and from bus stops, restaurants and coffee shops, PCC Southeast Campus, businesses, and other retail outlets. While most people walking use the marked crosswalk at SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street, some people choose to cross at midblock locations between SE Division and SE Harrison Streets.

The purpose of these actions is to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. They are also a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide Vision Zero efforts and goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

During the education and enforcement action, police officers will remind drivers to stop appropriately for pedestrians in the crossing, encourage people walking to cross at the corner, and enforce Oregon traffic laws. Students from PCC Southeast Campus will assist PBOT staff by handing out brochures and encourage people attempting to cross midblock to instead cross at the intersection.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be installing a midblock crossing with a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RFFB) on SE 82nd Avenue near PCC. ODOT plans to start work on the new marked crossing and RRFB during the last week in February and expect the work to be finished by October. 

Learn more about the safety education and enforcement action here.

Read about crosswalk laws and drivers' responsibilities here.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE 17th Avenue from SE Miller Street to SE Lambert Street, February 17-19

(February 16, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE 17th Avenue from SE Miller Street to SE Lambert Street starting Wednesday, February 17, through Friday, February 19, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind .37 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, 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.

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

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on N Columbia Boulevard from N Portland Road to N Fiske Avenue, February 18-March 4

(February 16, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Columbia Boulevard from N Portland Road to N Fiske Avenue starting Thursday, February 18, through Friday, March 4, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind 2.92 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, 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.

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: Sunday Parkways announces 2016 season featuring new route linking Milwaukie to Portland, new Sellwood Bridge

(Feb. 17, 2016)  - The Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente announced the Sunday Parkways 2016 schedule, featuring five traffic-free events through Portland neighborhoods, including a new route linking the cities of Portland and Milwaukie and crossing the new Sellwood Bridge.

“Sunday Parkways is a great celebration of Portland,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “It connects our neighborhoods and inspires people to try biking and walking for fun, health and transportation. After trying Sunday Parkways, Portlanders often add biking and walking to their daily lives.”

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente begins on May 15 in East Portland and finishes in October with the Sellwood/Milwaukie event.

Sunday Parkways 2016

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Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are hugely popular. Total attendance in 2015 set a record 119,000.

“Sunday Parkways is a unique event for folks to discover and explore a neighborhood in the more intimate way that walking and biking allows,” Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba said. “Milwaukie is excited to welcome people from across the metro region to come explore our cool little city and some of what it has to offer.”

Organizers emphasize the ways people can create the Sunday Parkways experience every day. All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called neighborhood greenways as well as City parks ideal for bicycling and walking. The Sellwood/Milwaukie route in October will introduce participants to the expanded biking and walking paths on the new Sellwood Bridge. This Sunday Parkways route will also show how to safely, easily and conveniently use this new option to head into Portland, and it helps Portlanders discover the growing city of Milwaukie.

“Portland loves Sunday Parkways and we’re sure Milwaukie will too,” Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “With the help of longtime presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente, our community comes together to embrace our streets as livable space that everyone can enjoy.”

Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.

The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2016:

East Portland

May 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles)

North Portland

June 26, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9.5 miles)

Northeast Portland

July 24, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles)

Southeast Portland

Aug. 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles)

Sellwood/Milwaukie

Oct. 2, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles)

Community groups and vendors interested in participating in Sunday Parkways, or volunteers who want to help make it happen, should contact PBOT at 503-823-7599 or visit PortlandSundayParkways.org.

PBOT organizes Sunday Parkways, working with longtime presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and returning partners and sponsors Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Clif Kid, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods, NW Natural, Lam Research, Umpqua Bank, and AARP of Oregon.

New partners to date for the 2016 Sunday Parkways are the City of Milwaukie Farmers Market and IKEA. PBOT and other City funds cover a third of the program costs, and two-thirds of funding comes from sponsors, vendors and individual supporters.

For more information, including route maps, visit PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

Sunday Parkways sponsors

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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