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Traffic Advisory: Traffic impacts in Portland's Central Business District beginning this weekend through 4th of July holiday

GPM June - July 2017 map

(June 21, 2017) As summer officially begins, downtown Portland streets are busy with construction and event activity. To help Portlanders and visitors plan their travel, the Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the following events and construction projects will impact traffic in downtown Portland in the coming days and weeks:

  • Capital paving work by the Portland Bureau of Transportation will require rolling closures of SW Oak from SW 3rd to SW 10th Avenues through July 12. Local access for residents and businesses will be maintained.
  • Beginning at 7 p.m. on Friday, June 23 and continuing through Sunday, June 25, Multnomah County will close SW Madison from 1st to 2nd Avenue and SW 1st Avenue from Main to Jefferson to install a crane at the courthouse construction site.
  • From June 23 through June 25, NW Park and NW 8th between NW Davis and NW Everett as well as NW Davis from NW Park to NW 8th will be closed for the Portland International Beer Fest.
  • Multnomah County will fully close the Morrison Bridge as part of the Morrison Bridge Lift Span Deck replacement project from Monday, June 26 through Tuesday, July 4.
  • Multnomah County will close the two outside traffic lanes on the Broadway Bridge on Monday, June 26 after 9 a.m. for a six-month project that will replace four large steel wheels that help open and close the drawbridge for ships to pass.
  • From June 27 through July 8, Better Naito will be extended for the Waterfront Blues Festival from SW Jefferson Street to SW Clay Street. This will also close the Hawthorne Bridge ramp on SW Naito Boulevard.
  • PBOT Maintenance Crews will conduct a night paving project from 6 p.m. on Thursday, June 29 to 6 a.m. on Friday, June 30 on N Vancouver Avenue from N Weidler Street and N Broadway Street. This work will require lane closures along the I-5 Southbound Broadway off-ramp.

A calendar of the various traffic impacts can be viewed online here.

Don't forget, during construction Downtown Portland is open for business! To avoid circling around construction to find parking, the City recommends you use SmartPark garages. In addition, BIKETOWN is offering a free ride to help people avoid traffic congestion. Use the code MOVEPDX17 to receive one Single Ride pass, good for a 30-minute trip. Redeem the free ride at biketownpdx.com or by using the BIKETOWN app.

With numerous projects planned for the Central City this year, the City of Portland, together with our agency partners, is leveraging opportunities to identify efficiencies and coordinate projects. Our cooperation will increase the safety and mobility of traveling Portlanders, including pedestrians and cyclists. Learn more at www.movepdx.net.

News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at NE Jarrett Street on Thursday, June 22

Vision Zero Portland logo(June 21, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Thursday, June 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the marked crossing on NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at NE Jarrett Streett to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Education and enforcement actions such as the June 22 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane. Drivers should continually scan their environment watching for people crossing or about to cross and stop according to Oregon law.

MLK Jr Blvd at NE Jarrett Street

Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard is part of the High Crash Network for people walking and biking. The MLK Pedestrian Strategy places the NE Jarrett Street crossings among the corridor’s priority locations based on crash data. Therefore, education and enforcement actions such as the June 22 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. 

Crossings like NE Jarrett Street connect communities of single family homes, apartments, numerous places of worship and amenities like King School Park, Roselawn Park and Mallory Meadows City Park. Local restaurants, a food cart pavilion, banks, coffee shops, retail, salons, convenience stores, auto parts store, grocery store, post office, comedy theater and a local Boys and Girls Club in the immediate area draw patrons, visitors and pedestrians. TriMet’s Frequent Service bus line 6 a runs along Martin Luther King Jr Blvd connecting Goose Hollow, Portland City Center, N/NE Portland, Jantzen Beach and Hayden Island.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. PBOT staff member, Providance Nagy, will be the designated pedestrian crossing in the marked crosswalk during the mission. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. 

Fixing Our Streets is funding a number of crosswalk treatments along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard that may include signage upgrades, vegetation removal, protected lefts, striping, curb extensions and illumination.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for crossing streets in Oregon (in EnglishEspanol); and view the results of previous actions. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025 by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com. PBOT also invites communities to take a PedPDX survey to help shape priorities for making Portland a more walkable city through its Citywide Pedestrian Plan.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on East Burnside between 28th to 32nd Avenues from Tuesday, June 20 to Monday, June 26

(June 19, 2017)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on East Burnside Street from 28th to 32nd Avenues from Tuesday, June 20 to Monday, June 26 during all hours and all days.

The lanes closures will restrict traffic on East Burnside between 28th to 32nd Avenues to one lane of travel in each direction, all hours all days, while crews begin to reconstruct the roadway.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures, traffic signs and flaggers and use alternate routes if possible.

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

Traffic Advisory: Signal improvements require late night lane closures on SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard at SE Belmont Street on Thursday night

(June 7, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the installation of a new traffic signal will require late night lane closures on SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard at SE Belmont Street on Thursday, June 8 from 8:00 p.m. to Friday, June 9 at 7 a.m.

Lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction between SE Taylor Street and SE Alder Street during work hours. Flaggers will guide traffic on both SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard and SE Belmont Street.

The work is funded by the Major Maintenance and Asset Replacement Program, which reserves half of all one-time, surplus general fund dollars for improvements that maintain or replace critical infrastructure. The work is part of a $1 million Traffic Signal Rebuilds project. The new signal will replace a traffic signal that was built in 1950.

The work has been scheduled to minimize the impact on the traveling public.

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

PBOT News Blog: Help PBOT understand how people use Portland's bike corrals

PBOT currently has more on-street bike parking spaces than any other North American city – over 2,000!

bike corral in Portland

(June 5, 2017) Providing places for people to securely lock their bicycles is one small, but important, way that the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) encourages people to ride. PBOT has installed and maintains over 7,000 bike racks throughout the city. We have two new bike parking developments we’re excited to share with you.

bike corral in Portland

PBOT currently has more on-street bike parking spaces than any other North American city – over 2,000! In Portland, we call them “bike corrals,” groups of bike racks installed in place of an auto parking spot. Most of our bike corrals can accommodate 12 to 18 bikes in the place of about two cars. 

We want to know how many people are using the bike corrals and we’re hoping the community can help us collect the data. We’ve launched a quick online reporting site where you can tell us how many bikes are parked at a bike corral. The next time you park or see a bike corral please take a few brief moments to tell us how many bikes you see parked. This will help us evaluate how well we’re meeting the community’s bike parking needs. Check out the online reporting site at www.surveymonkey.com/r/bikecorrals and add it to your bookmarks so you’ll be able to quickly report bike corral usage when you are out and about. We’ve had over 150 reports thus far, but we’re aiming for thousands! The more data the better!

new bike rack

PBOT is also pleased to announce our newly updated bike rack design (see picture). The newly designed and fabricated bike racks have additional security features inside and out to make it more difficult for potential thieves to cut through the racks and remove a bike that’s locked. Our partners at Radius Pipe Bending in Junction City, OR manufacture these racks for us. We’ve just got our first shipment, but you’ll be seeing more of them on the streets soon. While we can’t replace all 7,000 of the existing racks with the new design, all new rack installations and any maintenance work will include the updated design.

If you have questions about PBOT’s bike parking program, you can visit the website at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/bikeparking or contact Scott Cohen at (503) 823-5345 or bikeparking@portlandoregon.gov