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News Release: Division Street streetscape improvements and sewer construction slated; 19 day closure begins Aug. 5, 2013

(PORTLAND,Ore.) – Sewer construction will close SE Division Street to through traffic between SE 26th Avenue and SE 29th Avenue for 19 days starting Monday, August 5, 2013 at 7:00 a.m.

 Construction hours will be 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. seven days a week, but Division Streetwill be closed between SE 26th and SE 29th avenues all hours and all days until construction is complete within 19 days. The Portland Noise Office granted a noise variance for nighttime construction on this project. The work will replace 80- to 100-year-old sewers to improve system reliability and protect public health.

 During the closure, eastbound traffic will detour to SE Clinton Street and westbound traffic will detour to SE Grant Street.  

Second Division Street Closure Coming August 24th

After sewer construction is complete on Division Streetbetween SE 26th and 29th avenues, construction will close another segment of SE Division Street between SE 33rd  and SE 37th avenues 24 hours a day, seven days a week for about seven days. Work on that segment will begin on Saturday, August 24, 2013.

During the closure on Division between SE 33rd and SE 37th avenues, traffic will be detoured onto SE Clinton Street (eastbound) andSE Grant Street (westbound). Eastbound traffic on SE Division Street will be temporarily detoured to SE  Woodward Street during the SE Portland Sunday Parkways event on Sunday, August 25.

The sewer construction is part of the Division Streetscape Project, a joint project between the bureaus of Environmental Services and Transportation to improve the sewer system, add new green stormwater management infrastructure, improve the streetscape and reconstruct streets on SE Division Street from SE 11th Avenue to SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard. Work on the Division Streetscape Project began in May 2013 and is scheduled to continue through fall 2014. For more information about the SE Division Streetscape Project, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/division.

 

Work on Division From SE 60th to SE 80th

Additional work on SE Division in August from SE 60th to SE 80th will reconfigure the street from four lanes to three, add bicycle lanes in both directions and add a pedestrian crossing at SE 68th Avenue. Those improvements will involve lane closures but no street closures and are designed to improve safety along the thoroughfare, one of ten designed “High Crash Corridors” in the city. The traveling public is advised to follow signs and instruction of flaggers.

Coordinating SE Portland Construction Closures

The Streetscape Project and improvements on Division between SE 60th and SE 80th are two of several construction projects this summer in southeast Portland. Public agencies are working together to inform the public about closures and traffic disruptions and to minimize traffic impacts by preventing overlapping closures on major projects.

The Division Street closure follows the conclusion of closures of the SE 8th, 11th and12th avenuecrossings south ofDivision Streetfor the construction of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, and the closure earlier this summer of a segment ofSE Cesar Chavez Boulevardfor sewer reconstruction, a project that concluded 10 days ahead of schedule.

View a map of SE Construction Projects and details at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/62715 and http://www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/29323.   PBOT news at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation  

Traffic Advisory: Streetcar track work to close lanes on SE MLK Blvd Aug. 5-9; buses to replace streetcar service during construction

PORTLAND,Ore.– The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that Portland Streetcar track installation will occur at the intersection of SE Martin Luther King, Jr. BoulevardandSE Stephens Streetfor five days beginning at 2 a.m. Monday, August 5 and continuing through Friday, August 9, 2013.  

A single block of SE Stephens between SE MLK Boulevard and SE Grand Avenue will be closed, and construction also will require these travel lane restrictions alongSE MLK Blvd south of the Hawthorne Bridge through the SE Stephens intersection:

 

  • Two lanes ofSE MLK Blvd.will be open from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
  • One lane will be open from 11 pm. to 6 a.m.
  • Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrian and bicycle access.

 

The Portland Streetcar CL Line will be shut down during this work with a bus replacement shuttle serving the line.  Stops located on the left side or center of the street will board from the right side curb (map available on www.portlandstreetcar.org). Streetcar service is scheduled to resume the morning of Aug. 10.

The project involves removing existing track to install new connections as well as installing a new section of track to allow streetcars to turn around at SE Stephens and bypass the viaduct to the SE Water/OMSI platform. That platform will be closed later this fall for two months as part of the “Close the Loop” project connecting the southern terminus of the CL Line to the TriMet Portland-Milwaukie Light RailBridge. 

Track construction will take place 24 hours a day for five days to expedite the process and ensure the lanes and Portland Streetcar service are open as soon as possible.  The traveling public is asked to follow signs and use caution in work zones.

 

Coordinating SE Portland Construction Closures

The streetcar project is one of several construction projects this summer in southeastPortland. Public agencies are working together to inform the public about closures and traffic disruptions and minimize traffic impacts by preventing overlapping closures on major projects.

This project coincides with the start of a 19 day closure on SE Division Streetfrom SE 26th to 29th avenues for sewer repair work and streetscape improvements.  It follows the conclusion of closures of the SE 8th, 11th and12th avenue crossings south ofDivision Street for the construction of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project, and the closure earlier this summer of a segment ofSE Cesar Chavez Boulevard for sewer reconstruction, a project that concluded 10 days ahead of schedule.

For more streetcar construction information, visit www.portlandstreetcar.org/node/12.

View a map and details of other SE Construction Projects and details at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/62715

 

Traffic Advisory: Paving work to close NE Prescott Street from 82nd Avenue to Sandy Boulevard Aug. 7 to 15th

(Aug. 6, 2013) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance work will close NE Prescott Street between NE 82nd Avenue and NE Sandy Boulevard weekdays from Wednesday, August 7 through Thursday, August 15,, 2013.

The closure will be in effect from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each business day, and a detour will be in effect during those times.  Eastbound traffic will be directed to continue east on Sandy Boulevard to 82nd Avenue and north on 82nd   Avenue to NE Prescott Street. Westbound traffic will be directed to southbound on NE  82nd Avenue to NE Sandy Boulevard, west on NE Sandy Boulevard to NE Prescott Street. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

 Flaggers will be on NE Prescottto direct traffic at the intersections with 82nd Avenue and NE Sandy Boulevard.  

The closure is necessary for street crews to grind and pave NE Prescott Street.

The public is advised to travel cautiously in the work zone and to observe detours and directions by flaggers. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes if possible. Paving is dependent on weather and the schedule may change.

 

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News Release: Comm. Novick orders halt to parking meter purchases under Cale contract

(Aug. 6, 2013) – Commissioner Steve Novick yesterday directed the Portland Bureau of Transportation to discontinue any future purchases of parking meters under its contract with Cale America.

The decision likely will lead to delays in the start of the Northwest Parking Plan. City Council had approved that plan last week which calls for more than 170 parking meters to be installed in and around the Northwest Portlandshopping district in early 2014.

“We are looking at various options to buy and install meters for Northwest Portland and other locations,” Commissioner Novick said, “But it’s time to start anew with our parking meter purchases and to start a process that is clean and not burdened with the history of bribery that surrounds this contract.”

“While the pricing and service of this contract were a good deal forPortland, it’s a contract under a cloud,” Novick said.

The ten-year contract with Cale Parking Systems was negotiated in 2006 under the direction of Ellis McCoy, the city’s former parking manager. He was arrested in 2011 and subsequently pled guilty to accepting bribes from a former executive with Cale Parking Systems USA. He is  awaiting sentencing.  Last year, Cale Group acquired the assets of Cale Parking Systems USA and created a new subsidiary, Cale America. The current contract is with Cale America.

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Portland youth build bike skills, self-confidence at bike camps

Students spend summer learning smart and safe ways to get around

Kids at Bike CampThirty-eight elementary students from schools in East Portland and St. Johns spent a piece of their summer vacation learning bike skills and self confidence through bicycle camps hosted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Led by staff at PBOT’s Safe Routes to Schools program, the bike camps taught bike safety to youth from 8 to 12 years old. Students learned the rules of the road and how to get around their neighborhoods on bicycle. Safe Routes teaches the students specific skills, such as how to signal when riding, riding with traffic, fixing a flat tire, and reading a walk and bicycle map.

Safe Routes to School partners with Multnomah County’s Summer SUN (Schools Uniting Neighborhoods) program to coordinate the camps. According to the County, SUN Community Schools are “full-service neighborhood hubs where the school and partners from across the community come together to make sure kids and families have what they need to be successful - in school and in life.”

Safe Routes to School conducted the camps for two weeks at each elementary school. Multnomah County’s SUN program recruited students from elementary schools participating in the SUN School Program in the David Douglas district (Gilbert Heights, Mill Park) and at Portland Public Schools’ James John Elementary.  Students who participated in the bike camps also fueled up with breakfast and lunch provided by the SUN Summer program.

Kids repairing bike inner tubeIn addition, PBOT hired two high school student interns through the Summer Works Program to assist with the bike camps. Summer Works provides 180 hours of work experience to 16- to 21-year-olds. The interns assist with classroom management and teaching students basic bike skills.

Safe Routes has conducted bike camps for the past four years. The camps are one of the ways that Safe Routes and PBOT integrate equity into the City’s work. For more information about the bike camps, contact Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez, (503) 823-1189