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Traffic Advisory: Tunnel maintenance to close lanes on West Burnside Street this weekend


(June 18, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that tunnel maintenance will require lane closures on West Burnside Street in and near the West Burnside Tunnel west of SW Barnes Road on Saturday, June 21, 2014 and Sunday, June 22, 2014 from 6:30 a.m., to 5 p.m. 

The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Maintenance crews will be performing general inspection and maintenance of the West Burnside Tunnel including but not limited to debris removal, vegetation maintenance, pressure washing and painting.

One lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Traffic will be limited to one direction at a time in the construction zone with flaggers.

Local access to residences will be provided.

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




Traffic Advisory: Paving on SE 60th Avenue this weekend from SE Hawthorne to Harrison streets; local detour in effect

June 22nd update: Paving will conclude today as scheduled,.  To avoid undue delays, motor vehicles and TriMet will be detoured to adjacent local strreets today only. Local access will be provided for residents.  Thank  you for your patience as PBOT improves this stretch of road.  

(June 18, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE 60th Avenue from SE Division to SE Belmont streets Saturday, June 21 and Sunday, June 22, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave .49 lane mile from SE Hawthorne Boulevard to SE Harrison Street.  Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians and bicycle use.

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. Local access will be provided.

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


News Release: Portland Celebrates 25th Sunday Parkways in North Portland; Kaiser Permanente Northwest original, continuing sponsor

 Sunday Parkways began on June 22, 2008 in North Portland, returning on June 22, 2014

 (June 17, 2014) – Portland will celebrate the 25th Sunday Parkways on June 22nd in North Portland, on the same date and in the same neighborhood where the hugely popular summer event series began seven years ago.

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente rolls through the neighborhood from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., offering a nine-mile loop of traffic-free streets where people can bicycle, walk, stroll, roll, and play while enjoying music, food and activities along the way.  The route connects five parks, including the beautiful Peninsula Park Rose Garden. View the map of this Sunday's North Portland route.

Sunday Parkways has grown in significant ways since its start while continuing to remain free to the community: 

  • In 2008, Sunday Parkways was a single event in one neighborhood, offering a six-mile route. It became an instant hit,  attracting 15,000 attendees. 
  • In 2014, the North Sunday Parkways is expected  to draw double the attendance of that first event.  Plus, the program has expanded to become  an annual series of five events offered once a month in a different neighborhood of the city. This year, Sunday Parkways will open 38 miles of city streets to traffic-free activities and is projected to include more than 100,000 participants during the five month season.  

Sunday Parkways’ purpose is to open the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation, while connecting neighbors to each other and the community.

Kaiser Permanente has been the presenting sponsor from the start. “We saw a great idea in Sunday Parkways and are pleased to be a partner in growing the movement,” said Daniel Field, senior director of Community Benefit with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “Sunday Parkways promotes health in a fun way that contributes to the well-being of our communities.”

As part of this Sunday’s event, We All Can Ride (WACR), a group that organizes bicycling activity in the New Columbia neighborhood, will lead community bike rides for New Columbia youth and families throughout the afternoon. WACR’s ride is organized in collaboration with Portland’s Safe Routes to School, the Community Cycling Center, Kaiser Permanente and Trauma Nurses Talk Tough.

“Biking is amazingly empowering, natural and fun, and there is no turning back for us,” said Yvette Maranowski, a member of We All Can Ride. WACR encourages and educates communities of color and low-income communities to start looking at the bicycle not only as a hobby but a tool for transportation and fitness.

In addition to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente,  Sunday Parkways is made possible by community partners Portland Parks & Recreation, Universal Cycles, Metro Regional Government and AARP of Oregon, as well as hundreds of volunteers.

Residents along the route will be able to get to and from their homes. However, we strongly encourage postponing or limiting vehicular trips.  Sunday Parkways will have small barricades and volunteers at intersections to manage this limited access. All other streets are open for vehicular traffic.

The rest of the Sunday Parkways season is: July 27 in Northeast Portland; August 24 in Southeast Portland; and September 28 in Southwest Portland. See maps of the routes and find more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, at or call 503-823-7599.


 View a Streetfilms video of the 2008 Sunday Parkways at View the Transportation Bureau’s 2014 video of the Sunday Parkways program at

 Photos from 2008’s first Sunday Parkways (credit: PBOT)


City Council unanimously approves Foster Road plan to improve safety, livability

Roadway projected to see 20% crash reduction

(June 16, 2014)  – The Portland City Council today unanimously approved a Portland Bureau of Transportation plan for Foster Road that will improve safety from SE Powell Boulevard to SE 90th Avenue as well as enhance the streetscape to make the corridor more attractive and accessible for businesses and residents.

“Today we have a shared, pressing responsibility to ensure that all Portlanders—regardless of their zip code—have the access to the basic transportation infrastructure that is the backbone of thriving, safe communities,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

“Foster Road is one of our High Crash Corridors, meaning it is one of ten areas in Portland that has the highest need for safety improvements. We have an ambitious goal of providing the vibrant and distinctive neighborhoods along the Foster Road corridor with safe streets and walkable communities. Today we moved forward with implementing the fruit of this labor,” he said.

Foster Rd. Images

That Foster Road Transportation and Streetscape Plan will convert the four lane high-speed corridor into a three-lane street that includes a center lane for turning traffic, bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and streetscape enhancements such as additional trees and lighting.

The new street configuration is designed to significantly reduce all crashes along the road, which has been the site of more than 1,200 crashes and eight fatalities in the last decade.  PBOT projects a 20 percent reduction in all crashes after the project is complete. Construction is scheduled for 2016.

The improvements also mean that Foster Road will become more of a Main Street destination than a throughway.  Through traffic is expected to be slowed by about three minutes at peak hours.

The plan was approved with significant public support during the 18-month planning process and at the Council hearing.  During planning, more than 450 people attended five open houses, which is a larger than usual turnout, and 80 percent of comments supported the plan’s recommendations.

Funding for the $5.25 million capital project has been secured from sources outside the transportation bureau:  $3 million are from federal funds, $2.25 million are urban renewal funds from the Portland Development Commission’s Lents Urban Renewal Area.

Find more information, including a two page fact sheet at  

SE Foster Cross Section

Traffic Advisory: Paving to close lanes on N Wheeler Ave from N Winning Way to Weidler St week of June 16

(June 12, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Wheeler Avenue from N Winning Way to N Weidler Street from Monday, June 16, through Friday, June 19, 6 a.m. through 3 p.m. each day.

This closure will allow crews to pave .43 lane miles.

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.

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