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News Blog: Big changes coming to SW Naito Parkway thanks to Fixing Our Streets

Open house on Wednesday, January 10 to showcase PBOT's plan to repave, rebuild and reconfigure SW Naito Parkway from I-405 to SW Jefferson Street.

SW Naito at Jefferson

A snapshot of the future SW Naito Parkway at SW Jefferson, just south of the Hawthorne Bridge onramp.

(January 10, 2018) Portland’s SW Naito Parkway is getting a major facelift with new, smooth pavement extending from I-405 to just beyond SW Jefferson Street. From I-405 to SW Harrison, the street will be repaired and repaved. Beginning at SW Harrison and extending north to SW Jefferson, SW Naito will be completely rebuilt from the ground up, with safety and efficiency improvements for all travel modes.

SW Naito Project Map

In addition to a completely rebuilt street, the section of SW Naito from SW Harrison to SW Jefferson foresees:

  • New traffic signals, including a dedicated signal for vehicles accessing the Hawthorne Bridge and a pedestrian crossing signal to access Pettygrove Park, the Lovejoy Fountain, and the Halprin Blocks.
  • New bicycle and pedestrian facilities on the east side of the street, including a new path and sidewalk. Currently, no bicycle or pedestrian facilities exist on the east side of SW Naito.
  • Updated signal timing to improve traffic operations through the corridor.
  • Improved crossings at major intersections to improve safety. 

This project will build an important connection for people bicycling, walking, and accessing Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park, Portland State University, and the South Waterfront neighborhood. Currently, no sidewalks or bike facilities exist on the east side of SW Naito. The project’s boundaries end just beyond SW Jefferson, providing connection to Waterfront Park year-round and the seasonal Better Naito project from May to September.

midblock crossing snapshot

Traffic modeling of the project shows improved operation for the whole corridor. The new traffic signals and updated timing will help move more people and vehicles through the corridor in less time. Take a look at the traffic model for the new signal planned at SW Naito at the Hawthorne Bridge onramp on PBOT's YouTube channel.

Funding for the reconstruction and bicycle safety improvements on SW Naito Parkway comes from several sources, primarily: Transportation System Development Charges, which are fees paid by developers to help manage population growth; the Fixing Our Streets program, funded by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax; and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Please join us at the open house to see the traffic model, additional project snapshots and explore the full project proposal. Drop in at any time on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 from 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Portland State University Center for Executive and Professional Education (1500 SW 1st Ave – Suite 100) to provide feedback and discuss project elements with PBOT staff. We’ll have snacks. Click here to RSVP to the event on Facebook.

Learn more about the SW Naito Parkway project on PBOT's website at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/swnaito

News Blog: Portlanders choose to take a Safe Ride Home on New Year’s Eve

Thousands take advantage of free and discounted travel options for New Year's Eve

 Safe Ride Home

(January 9, 2018) The launch of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) new program, Safe Ride Home, on New Year’s Eve was a resounding success. Over 2500 people took advantage of discounted taxi and transportation network company rides during the holiday. Thousands more chose to ride TriMet and a total of 75 intrepid revelers used BIKETOWN bike share to get to and from their parties.

Impaired driving is a major contributor to death and injury on Portland streets. More than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated. Safe Ride Home helps to achieve the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan’s goal of launching initiatives to reduce impaired driving.

The program made it easy for Portlanders to celebrate responsibly by providing free and discounted travel options. To launch the initiative, PBOT partnered with the Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, Old Town Hospitality Group, and Portland cab companies Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab and United Independent Cab, as well as transportation network companies Lyft and Uber.

"Dixie handed out hundreds of the coupons on New Year's Eve and front door staff had many conversations with customers about their options," said Dan Lenzen, a partner at Dixie Tavern in the Old Town Entertainment District.  "MANY people thanked us for providing the options. Numerous comments were made about how cool it was that the City did this and one customer, upon learning that MAX was free, became very excited and headed toward the MAX stop."

“On a night with thousands of Portlanders choosing to imbibe as they ring in the new year, I am thankful that people made the responsible choice of taking a safe ride home,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “The success of this program shows the value of providing affordable travel options to prevent people from driving while impaired. Over 50 percent of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated, but on New Year’s Eve there were none.”

PBOT’s Vision Zero and Regulatory teams are hard at work planning additional opportunities to support responsible choices during future holidays and celebrations. Keep an eye out for future Safe Ride Home events throughout theyear and learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at www.visionzeroportland.com

Safe Ride Home Partners

News Release: PBOT, Portland Police Bureau encourage Portlanders to take a Safe Ride Home on New Year's Eve

City program offers free and discounted travel options for New Year's Eve revelers

Safe Ride Home

(Dec. 29, 2017) With so many Portlanders eager to mark the end of 2017 and ring in the New Year, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has created a new program to discourage impaired driving: Safe Ride Home. The Safe Ride Home initiative makes it easy to celebrate responsibly by providing Portlanders with free and discounted travel options.

The Safe Ride Home is offering people the following discounted travel options on New Year’s Eve:

  • safe ride home couponA $20 savings on rides with Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab, Radio Cab, and United Independent Cab PDX. Coupons will be available for pickup on New Year's Eve in Old Town from the Portland Police Bureau and Old Town Hospitality Group. Riders must use the Broadway Cab app (Android/iOS) for the Broadway Cab discount.
  • A $10 savings rides with Lyft and Uber. Riders can access the discount by entering the promo code VISIONZERO into their apps.
  • Free TriMet and Portland Streetcar rides after 8 p.m. MAX trains will run until about 3 a.m. Details about TriMet service on New Year's Eve can be found at https://trimet.org/nye/.

Impaired driving is a major contributor to death and injury on Portland streets. More than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated. Safe Ride Home helps to achieve the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan’s goal of launching initiatives to reduce impaired driving.

"With over 50 percent of deadly crashes in Portland involving people who are intoxicated, it is imperative that we educate people about the importance of choosing a safe ride home," said Transportation Director Leah Treat. "We are pleased to work with our colleagues at the Portland Police Bureau, TriMet and with taxi and transportation network companies to help Portlanders get to and from their festivities safely on New Year’s Eve."

"As we prepare to greet 2018, I want to remind everyone to drive sober," said Portland Police Chief Danielle Outlaw. "If you plan to consume intoxicants, find a designated sober driver, use public transportation or hire a ride.  Help keep Portland’s roadways and community members safe so everyone can have a healthy and happy New Year.”

The Safe Ride Home program is a partnership between PBOT, the Portland Police Bureau, TriMet, Old Town Hospitality Group, and Portland cab companies Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab and United Independent Cab, as well as transportation network companies Lyft and Uber.

People can RSVP to Safe Ride Home on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/182084272374547/

Learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at www.visionzeroportland.com

Safe Ride Home Partners

Alert: PBOT prepares for possible flooding on Johnson Creek

Potential for limited flooding along Johnson Creek between 10:00 p.m. tonight through the evening of Friday, December 29.

Sand pile at SE 111th and Harold

A PBOT sandbag site at SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street. The bureau has three sandbag locations across the city, available at no charge, to help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency.

(Dec. 28, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) warns the traveling public that the potential for heavy rain, combined with melting snow, could cause limited flooding along Johnson Creek between 10:00 p.m. tonight through the evening of Friday, December 29.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of Northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, including Johnson Creek. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

To help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency, PBOT makes free sand and sandbags available at no charge to anyone who wants to use them to protect their property from flood damage. No shovels are provided, so the public must bring their own. The sandbag sites are located at:

  • SE 88th Avenue just south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park. Enter parking lot at the bottom of the hill, and follow one-way traffic to the sand pile at the exit on the east side of SE 88th;
  • SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection; and
  • SW 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park; enter Gabriel Park from Vermont.

Location details for the three City-operated sandbag sites can also be found at http://bit.ly/pdxsand.

In the event of flooding, PBOT is prepared to close travel lanes and/or streets.

Should streets need to be closed, PBOT asks the traveling public to obey all road closed signs. Do not move them or drive around them. The roads have been closed because of hazardous conditions. If drivers ignore the signs, they are potentially putting themselves, other travelers and PBOT crews at risk.

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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

Winter Weather Travel Advisory: PBOT warns public to expect freeze again Tuesday night, with possibility of additional precipitation

Snow chains restriction remains in place overnight for W Burnside in Portland, SW Barnes Road in Washington County

(Tuesday, Dec. 26, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public to use caution tonight, as icy conditions are expected to return to area streets overnight, especially in areas at high elevation and near the Columbia River Gorge. The National Weather Service has indicated that there is a chance for additional precipitation, a mix of rain and freezing rain, tonight and into Wednesday morning before temperatures rise above freezing mid-morning. People driving tonight and tomorrow morning should use caution, consider public transit, and expect that residential streets may remain icy on Wednesday.

On Tuesday, streets on PBOT's de-icing routes were wet and drivable for many people driving, even in areas at high elevation in the West Hills and Mount Scott. Residential streets, which are not treated with de-icer, remained icy, though thawing and wheel paths made by vehicle traffic have made many of them passable.

On Tuesday morning, PBOT crews closed four streets because of icy conditions. Those streets remain closed today due to continued icy conditions. A list of all road closures is available at bit.ly/pdxroads.

A snow zone, requiring snow chains, traction tires or traction devices for all vehicles, will remain in effect for West Burnside through Wednesday morning. The snow zone requirement is effective from the sign posted at West Burnside just west of NW 24th Place, west to the intersection of SW Barnes Road and SW Baltic Ave, near the entrance to St. Vincent Hospital in Washington County.

West Burnside was wet and mostly passably on Tuesday, after repeated de-icing by PBOT crews and thawing from rising temperatures, but the threat of icy conditions remains overnight as temperatures drop below freezing again. West Burnside rises to 500 feet near SW Tichner Dr, and peaks at about 1,000 feet at the Mount Calvary Cemetery.

SW Barnes Road continued to have icy and snowy conditions on Tuesday, making travel hazardous.

People who disobey the traction device requirement could be cited for failure to use vehicle traction tires or chains (ORS 815.140) and may face a citation of $160. If drivers abandon their cars in travel lanes, they could be subject to additional fines and costs.

As freezing temperatures continue, PBOT reminds the public that property owners are responsible for sidewalks adjacent to private property and driveways, including the removal of snow, ice, slippery leaves, and other debris. Keeping sidewalks clear helps your fellow Portlanders get to where they are going safely.

PBOT crews will again be patrolling Portland streets to monitor conditions and treat roads as needed overnight.

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out. PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.

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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


 

Driving Tips

WATCH FOR BLACK ICE

Black ice is defined as ice that remains on roadways that are not subjected to direct sunlight. Black ice commonly forms on roads that wind around lakes and rivers, in tunnels, on overpasses and in highly shaded, rural areas. Black ice is almost invisible to the naked eye. Be especially careful when driving or riding into shaded areas, on bridges and overpasses, and on infrequently traveled roads. Slow down during your approach.

LOOK OUT FOR PEOPLE WALKING AND BIKING

Be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists who are also trying to get around in hazardous, low visibility conditions. Share the Road safely and responsibly.

CARRY AN EMERGENCY WEATHER KIT

Carry an emergency weather kit in your vehicle to help keep you safe and more comfortable during long waits. Your kit should include chains, battery jumper cables, first aid kit, shovel, basic tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver and knife), blanket, extra clothing (hats, socks, boots, and mittens), flashlight, bag of sand, and cellular phone or CB Radio.

View additional winter weather travel tips here. 

 


 

OUR MISSION

During a storm, PBOT crews will work 24/7 to ensure that on our designated snow routes there will be one lane in each direction that is clear and passable as soon as possible after the storm is over. That means that front wheel drive vehicles or vehicles with traction devices will be able to get through.

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