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Dylan Rivera

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Traffic Advisory: One block of SW Clay Street to close September 27-28, 2014

(September 26, 2014) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that a series of crane lifts at the Marriott Hotel will close SW Clay Street between SW Naito Pkwy and SW First Ave this weekend. The closure takes effect from Saturday, September 27 at 6 am through Sunday, September 28 at 6 p.m.

A detour will be in effect during those times.  Westbound traffic from SW Harbor Drive and northbound  SW Naito Parkway will be directed to SW Jefferson St.  Westbound traffic from southbound SW Naito Parkway will be directed to SW Harrison St.

Pedestrians may use the south sidewalk on SW Clay St.  People on bicycles may use either SW Naito Parkway or Waterfront Park.

The closure is necessary to allow a crane to lift materials to the roof of the Marriott Hotel.

The public is advised to travel cautiously in the work zone and to observe detours. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes if possible.


Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close NE Halsey Street on Saturday 9/27 from NE 60th to 70th avenues

(September 24, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require the closure of NE Halsey Street from NE 60th Avenue to NE 70th Avenue on Saturday, September 27, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

This closure will allow crews to pave 1.49 lane miles.  Traffic will be detoured onto NE Glisan Street.

Access will be maintained for businesses and residents. The 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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work.  This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.



News release: Mayor Hales to join Sunday Parkways in Southwest Portland this weekend; final event of the 2014 season

(September 23, 2014) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will host the final Sunday Parkways of the season September 28 in Southwest Portland. Mayor Charlie Hales will join with Southwest Portlanders and thousands of others to bicycle, walk, stroll, roll and dance along the six-mile round-trip route of traffic-free streets.


“Sunday Parkways are a terrific opportunity to get to know a specific section of Portland. You can study maps, you can drive around, but nothing beats the feeling of pedaling through this great city.  Come join us for the last event of the season,” said Mayor Charlie Hales.

Hilly Southwest Portland incorporates Gabriel Park and the two vibrant business districts: Hillsdale Shopping Center and Multnomah Village. Music, vendors and activities are located in the park and marketplaces and along the route. The event is free and takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Southwest event also offers the only walkers-only route that includes 4.5 miles of streets, paths, stairs and pedestrian bridges. This walking route shows off some of the signed and marked SW Trails that weave through neighborhoods and provide important connections and shortcuts to many Southwest destinations. 

Last year, severe weather led to the cancellation of the Southwest Portland event, the only Sunday Parkways to be cancelled in the series’ seven-year history. This Sunday’s forecast is for mild conditions and offers a great chance to get out and enjoy the fun, healthy physical activity.

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 five events of the season are held once a month from May to September and take place in a different neighborhood each time. 

Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with its many community partners, including presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and other community partners: Portland Parks & Recreation, Universal Cycles, Renaissance Homes, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods Market, NW Natural, Clif Kid, Metro, Franz Bakery, Everett Custom Homes, AARP of Oregon, ODOT, Car2Go, Jewish Federation of Greater Portland and Food Front Cooperative Grocery.

Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.

For more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, visit or call 503-823-7599.



Traffic Advisory: SW 4th Avenue to close to all motorized traffic Friday, Sept. 19

(Sept. 18, 2014) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that Portland Streetcar construction work will close SW 4th Avenue at Harrison to all motorized traffic beginning at 9:00 AM on Friday, Sept. 19.  SW 4th Avenue will remain closed through the weekend and will reopen by 6:00 AM on Monday, Sept. 22.    

The east sidewalk on SW 4th Avenue will remain open and access will be maintained to businesses and residences in the area.

This closure is necessary to complete the connections to the new second track on SW 4thAvenue at SW Harrison Street near Portland State University to allow for the completed Loop operations beginning Sept. 12, 2015 with the opening of the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge. The completed loop service will bring more frequent service -- with streetcars coming about every 7 minutes -- between South Waterfront and the Pearl District.

The traveling public is asked to follow signs and use caution in work zones.

Please visit to learn more.


News Release: Transportation Bureau wants your input on two new parking meter options

(Sept. 18, 2014) -- Two companies are competing for a chance to provide Portland with new parking meters, and starting this week residents can test the new meters and help the Portland Bureau of Transportation decide which contractor to select.

Four test pay stations, two from each of the vendors that made PBOT’s short list, are available for the public to test. Meters made by Parkeon and Cale America are located on SW Salmon Street, between SW Third and Fourth avenues, just north of Lownsdale Square and on SW Third Avenue, between SW Taylor and SW Salmon streets.

The meters will be available until Oct. 14. Public comment will be accepted until 5 p.m. that day.

Let PBOT know what you think of the two pay station options by completing an online survey at or filling out a postcard available at the meter. How easy was it to use the pay station? Was your transaction completed as fast as you expected?

Equipment from both manufacturers equipment will be familiar to city users as they have provided meters to the City in the past.  Cale America has more than 1,300 existing pay stations and Parkeon provided the ticket vending machines for the Portland Streetcar.

After receiving public input, PBOT’s selection committee will identify which vendor will supply about 300 parking meters in the new Northwest Portland parking meter district, expected to be installed in early 2015. The established price agreement will also be used for future purchases.

Both pay station options can accept payments by credit card and support the adoption of payment by mobile phone in the future.

Visitors to the test block are reminded that normal parking fees, time limits and periods of enforcement are in effect during the test period. If you are unable to purchase a ticket from one of the test meters, be sure to purchase a ticket from an existing pay station to avoid receiving a citation.