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News Blog: How should Safe Routes to School spend $8 Million? Share your feedback at an Open House!

srts open house

“That was a very cool event, and oh so nice to see citizens being asked how they can make their communities better.” 

– Adrienne, a Beverly Cleary parent

 

(March 20, 2017) Two successful Safe Routes to School open houses are complete, but there are seven more to go!

We look forward to seeing YOU at your high school cluster open house. We need to hear from you how to spend $8 million on safety projects near schools. 

Through the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Fixing Our Streets program, Safe Routes to School is expecting to make a large investment in safety improvements around Portland schools in the next few years. This spring we're asking families to help us figure out what is needed most in your high school cluster.

do you walk bike roll

The Safe Routes to School program is hosting open house events across the city to listen to families about their routes to school and the barriers they face. At the most recent events, families from the Grant and Roosevelt High School clusters talked about speeding drivers, difficult crossings and arrival/dismissal traffic concerns. While at the open house, parents expressed why they walked or rolled...or didn't; what was their number one safety concern; and how far they would go out of their way for a safer crossing. They also drew their routes on school maps and learned just how much it costs to create their perfect intersection. 

Portland Public Schools was also there to share information about their www.SafeRoutesPDX.org web app that lets families share their safety  concerns online. We were also thrilled to have our friends from the organization Oregon Walks at the open house to invite families to join their upcoming community walks. Visit www.oregonwalks.org to see the schedule.

If your student attends a Portland Public or Parkrose school, we are hosting open house events (see the schedule below).

If you are not sure which high school cluster contains your school, check our list here.

  • Franklin - Tuesday, March 21 from 6-8pm - Arleta School, 5109 SE 66th Ave
  • Cleveland - Tuesday, April 4 from 6-8pm - Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place
  • Madison - Wednesday, April 12 from 6-8pm - Scott School, 6700 NE Prescott
  • Parkrose - Tuesday, April 18 from 6-8pm - Parkrose MS, 11800 NE Shaver
  • Jefferson - Thursday, April 20 from 6-8pm - Ockley Green MS, 6031 N Montana
  • Wilson - Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm - Jackson MS, 10625 SW 35th Ave
  • Lincoln - Tuesday, May 2 from 6-8pm - Lincoln HS, 1600 SW Salmon St

Does your student attend a school in David Douglas, Reynolds, or Centennial school district (within the Portland city limits)? Safe Routes to School coordinators will be organizing various outreach events with the school community in these areas to gather feedback. Contact your coordinator for more information:

David Douglas - Xao Xiong, xao.xiong@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5358

Reynolds (Alder, Glenfair, & Margaret Scott) - Janis McDonald,  janis.mcdonald@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5358

Centennial (Lynch View, Lynch Wood, Oliver, & Parklane) - Janis McDonald,  janis.mcdonald@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5358

 

About Fixing Our Streets

On May 17th, 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to fixing our streets. Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will invest this money in a wide variety of street improvement and safety projects across the entire city. Fixing Our Streets will help PBOT expand preventive street maintenance that saves money and prevents potholes. It will support our work to make it safer for children to walk to school. It will allow us to build more sidewalks, traffic signals, street lights and bike lanes.

In approving Measure 26-173, voters also voted for a transparent, accountable and efficient program. Click through each section to learn more about the projects included in this program - or visit the Fixing Our Streets interactive map.  Questions or comments about Fixing Our Streets may be submitted to: fixingourstreets@portlandoregon.gov.

 

Traffic Advisory: West Burnside may reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, after PBOT crews fix landslide damage, sinkholes and pavement

Shawn at West Burnside

PBOT crew member Shawn Castrapel shows an area where stormwater was not draining properly into a city storm drain. Improvements to drainage in the coming days will prevent West Burnside from deteriorating and reduce the need for future road closures for maintenance. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
 

PBOT Traffic Advisory:

West Burnside may reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, after PBOT crews fix landslide damage, sinkholes and pavement

(4 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that West Burnside Road is expected to remain closed at least through Friday afternoon. The soonest the roadway will be reopened is 4 p.m. on Friday, March 24, after crews work to repair and improve the road after a recent landslide.

Crews may reopen Burnside at 4 p.m. Friday, but the work is weather dependent, so the schedule may change and the closure may last longer.

Sinkhole repairs and pavement improvements

Crews undertaking multiple repairs to improve the condition of West Burnside this week. They are repairing two sinkholes and several potholes. They are improving drainage in areas where stormwater was not draining properly into roadside storm drains.

In addition, there are several places where the base underneath the pavement has been compromised and needs to be replaced. When roads need such base repairs, they often appear to have wavy surfaces that distract drives, collect rain and form potholes.

PBOT is also using this closure as an opportunity to replace the top layer of pavement. Repaving the street will prevent potholes from occurring and prevent the need for a more expensive rebuild later on.

"We don't want to have to come back and repair West Burnside again in two weeks,” said Suzanne Kahn, maintenance operations group manager for PBOT. “With a few more days, we can leave the road in condition that will last one more decade rather than a few more weeks."

Crews are assessing what damage resulted from the slide and what stems from poor pavement condition. Crews from Portland General Electric and other utilities have been in the area this week, locating and protecting their infrastructure as PBOT crews dig into the roadway to make street improvements.

Crews from many agencies Burnside

Crews from Portland General Electric as well as PBOT worked in the area of the West Burnside landslide. This photo is from Monday March 20. Photo by Linda Goheen, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Closure area & detour

The largest landslide to affect a Portland street this winter occurred at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 15. The road has been closed since then.

The public should stay away from the area until PBOT crews decide to reopen it. West Burnside is closed to people biking, walking or driving between NW Skyline Blvd and SW Barnes Road, near the Mount Calvary Cemetery. People driving through the area are encouraged to use U.S. 26 or NW Cornell Road as alternate routes, or consider public transit.

A signed detour guides westbound traffic to use SW Skyline to Barnes Road, then to West Burnside. Eastbound traffic is directed to SW Barnes, then SW Skyline before returning to West Burnside.

1,380 cubic yards removed

PBOT crews removed 1,380 cubic yards of debris on Wednesday through Friday. This is by far the largest of the 42 landslides PBOT crews have responded to this winter. A landslide on SW Skyline Blvd in February displaced more than 600 cubic yards of debris.

PBOT crews using 12-yard dump trucks have hauled scores of loads from the site, and forestry crews have also hauled woody debris.

Winter storms and spring rain have taken a toll on hills in the Portland area. PBOT crews have responded to 42 landslides this season, through March 15.

The public should stay away from the area. We ask travelers to observe all street closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Sinkhole West Burnside

PBOT crews are repairing multiple sinkholes today on West Burnside, including this one beside a storm drain. Such repairs will improve the road's condition and reduce the need for more expensive rebuilds and road closures in the future. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

UPDATE: NW Skyline has been reopened early between West Burnside and NW Cornell Road

grinding west burnside

PBOT crews grind away damaged asphalt on West Burnside on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. On Thursday, March 23, crews will repave approximately 2 lane miles from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

UPDATE 5 p.m. Thursday, March 23: NW Skyline has been reopened early between West Burnside and NW Cornell Road

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PBOT Traffic Advisory:

NW Skyline will be closed between West Burnside and NW Cornell on Thursday, March 23, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(Wednesday, March 22, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that NW Skyline will be closed between West Burnside Road and NW Cornell Road on Thursday, March 23, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to ensure work zone safety while PBOT crews repave approximately 2 lane miles on West Burnside Road. Local traffic will be able to access NW Skyline Boulevard from the north via NW Cornell Road.

The largest landslide to affect a Portland street this winter occurred on West Burnside between NW Skyline Boulevard and SW Barnes Road at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 15. The road has been closed since then.

West Burnside is closed to people biking, walking or driving between NW Skyline Blvd and SW Barnes Road, near the Mount Calvary Cemetery. People driving through the area are encouraged to use U.S. 26 or NW Cornell Road as alternate routes, or consider public transit.

A signed detour will guide westbound traffic to use SW Skyline Blvd to Barnes Road, then to West Burnside. Eastbound traffic will be directed to SW Barnes, then SW Skyline before returning to West Burnside.

We ask travelers to observe all street closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather dependent and the schedule is subject to change.

PBOT Traffic Advisory: PBOT reopens West Burnside early after crews fix landslide damage, improve pavement

Paving crew on West Burnside

Dump trucks line up to bring asphalt to West Burnside, where PBOT crews repaved the roadway on Thursday March 23, 2017, providing preventive maintenance that could last as long as 20 years with proper maintenance. Photo by Linda Goheen, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(9:15 a.m., Friday, March 24, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation has reopened West Burnside Road the traveling public earlier than expected, after the largest landslide of the season led to a closure March 15. The road had been expected to be reopened by 4 p.m. today.

After removing 1,380 cubic yards of debris from the road and hillside late last week, crews kept the road closed to make repairs to broken parts of the street. They also extended the closure several days to be able to repave the street, preventing the need for more road closures in coming weeks and more costly reconstruction years later.

PBOT maintenance crews worked 14-hour days to clear the slide, and continued 12-to-14 hour shifts in rain showers this week to get the street ready for a forecast sunny day on Thursday. Dry conditions are necessary for new pavement to cure properly.

"Our crews never cease to amaze me with their dedication to the public," said Leah Treat, director of PBOT. "Many of the same people who drove snow plows for 12 hours a day this winter have continued to work extraordinary shifts to make the most of the handful of dry days we have had this spring. As we did on West Burnside, we will continue to work strategically, as long as the weather cooperates, to fill the backlog of potholes that have been frustrating Portlanders across the city."

PBOT would also like to thank Multnomah County for providing access to its disposal yard near West Burnside. That saved time, as it prevented PBOT from having to send more than 100 dump truck loads to its usual disposal site east of Interstate 205.

Video of PBOT crews workingVIDEO of PBOT crews using a long excavator March 16 to remove root balls, soil and other debris from the landslide. See PBOT's YouTube account.

 

Paving crew on West Burnside

Crews placed asphalt at a rate of 45 feet per minute on Thursday, with detail work to carefully smooth out the hot material along the way and rollers following close behind. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Sinkhole repairs and pavement improvements

Persistent rain has delayed pavement projects and pothole repairs all spring. For example, after weeks of rain delays, PBOT crews worked on Sunday March 19 to take advantage of a sunny day to start a paving project on NE 122nd Avenue, between NE Halsey and NE Stanton.

On West Burnside, PBOT crews scrambled to make the most of a sunny day on Thursday to repair sinkholes and potholes and lay new pavement on West Burnside from SW Skyline to the city limits near SW Barnes Road. Grinding and repaving a half-mile stretch of road often takes a week or more. But with overtime and additional staffing drawn from other work, PBOT was able to repave nearly two lane miles of roadway in three days. One lane mile is equivalent to one 12-foot wide lane, one mile long.

PBOT combined two paving crews and used other staff who normally do other Maintenance Operations work to help with the effort, which included:

  • About 40 people, including truck drivers and crews leaders;
  • 1,600 tons of asphalt;
  • 19 dump trucks;
  • 2 paving machines;
  • 4 rollers.

To reopen the roadway as soon as possible, crews installed temporary lane markings. They will return with permanent striping in coming weeks when weather conditions allow.

Crews also improved drainage in areas where stormwater was not draining properly into roadside storm drains.

In addition, there were several places where the base underneath the pavement had been compromised and needed to be replaced. When roads need such base repairs, they often appear to have wavy surfaces that distract drives, collect rain and form potholes.

PBOT crews removed 1,380 cubic yards of debris on Wednesday through Friday. This is by far the largest of the 42 landslides PBOT crews have responded to this winter. A landslide on SW Skyline Blvd in February displaced more than 600 cubic yards of debris.

Pennie Nielsen drives a dump truck 

Pennie Nielsen drives a dump truck most days, and a snowplow in the recent snow storms. With 24 years at PBOT, she was one of about 40 crew members working to repair and repave West Burnside this week. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation, March 23, 2017.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

The City of Portland complies with all non‐discrimination, Civil Rights laws including Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-5185, TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service: 711 with such requests, or visit http://bit.ly/13EWaCg

News Release: PBOT drops SE Hawthorne speed limit to 20 mph as part of Vision Zero safety improvements on the business corridor

A safer Hawthorne completed today.

Crosswalk at 43rd and Hawthorne

A new crosswalk and median refuge island at SE 43rd and Hawthorne. Photo by Kirstin Byer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(March 31, 2017) The speed limit on SE Hawthorne Boulevard from SE 30th Avenue to SE 50th Avenue has changed from 25 mph to 20 mph and a new crosswalk is in place at SE 43rd Avenue as part of a series of safety improvements completed by the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) Traffic Maintenance and Operations crews along the business corridor.

Vision Zero Portland logo

The changes are the result of recommendations from a traffic crash investigation in 2016, after a young person was struck and killed while legally walking across SE Hawthorne at SE 43rd Avenue. In addition to a new crosswalk and speed change, PBOT crews constructed new ADA compliant curb ramps and a median refuge island at SE 43rd. They also moved parking away from corners at key intersections along SE Hawthorne to increase visibility and provide bike access to pedestrian signal buttons. Finally, striping crews restriped street markings throughout the corridor early this morning.

“This is another important step towards making Portland safe for all,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “I appreciate the Hawthorne business community’s support for this project and look forward to working with other business districts to create safer conditions for people walking, biking, rolling and driving.”

“Hawthorne is one of the more deadly streets in the City. This was underscored by the tragic loss of a young and shining star in our community last year," said Transportation Director Leah Treat. "PBOT is committed to Vision Zero and continues to deploy known methods to create safer streets across the city. This includes lowering speeds, building pedestrian refuge islands, and partnering with the police for enforcement of the most dangerous driving behaviors.”

The new median refuge island at SE 43rd supports safety for people walking. The new midpoint crosswalk focuses crossing activity in one location, making crossing simpler. Left turns onto SE Hawthorne from SE 43rd will no longer be allowed and will reduce crash risk for all street users at the intersection.

More than half of deadly crashes occur on just 8 percent of Portland's streets. Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan identifies 30 streets and 30 intersections across the city that make up the High Crash Network. SE Hawthorne is one of the streets on Portland’s high crash network. From 2005 to 2014, one person died and nine people were seriously injured while traveling on the one-mile stretch of SE Hawthorne between SE 30th and SE 50th Avenue. In all, there were 420 crashes involving 881 people on the one-mile segment of Hawthorne from SE 30th Ave to SE 50th Ave.

Under state statute (see ORS 811.111) PBOT has the authority to request speed limits of 20 mph in business districts and 25 mph in residential areas. As part of its Vision Zero effort, the bureau is using that authority where needed to meet both Vision Zero goals and the intent of the statute, in this case a business corridor. PBOT’s request to rescind the set speed and replace it with the statutory speed on SE Hawthorne was granted by the Oregon Department of Transportation in mid-March.

About Vision Zero:  The death or serious injury of even one person on Portland streets is one too many. Vision Zero is the bold goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries from Portland streets by 2025. On December 1, 2016, Portland City Council unanimously adopted the Portland Vision Zero Action Plan, which was developed by a 26-member task force made up of agency and community leaders.  The Action Plan includes 32 data-driven actions that address the top factors that contribute to fatal and serious injury crashes. Learn more about Vision Zero by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.