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Dylan Rivera

Public Information Officer


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Traffic Advisory: Sewer construction to close SE Division from 34th to 37th, starting Sept. 4 for about 8 days

For more information contact Bureau of Environmental Services, Cheryl Kuck, 503-823-7898

(September 3, 2013) -- Beginning on Wednesday, September 4, sewer construction will close SE Division Street between SE 34th and SE 37th avenues for about eight days. The street will be closed all days and all hours until work is complete.

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

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. Visit for more information.

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration.


Back to school reminder – drive safely in school zones

Police and Transportation team up for school safety

20mphAs students head back to school, it’s particularly important to obey traffic laws and drive safely in school zones. Drivers should also be aware that Portland Police Bureau officers will be at every school during the first few weeks of the school year to enforce school speed zones and other traffic laws.

If you drive to school, through a school zone or in neighborhoods near a school, follow these safety tips to keep all students safe this year:

  • Obey the 20 mph speed limit in all school zones.
  • Be patient during drop-off and pick-up if you drive your student to school or drive near a school. The roadways surrounding schools are congested during these times.
  • Do not idle your vehicle in school zones.
  • Yield to pedestrians at all intersections, whether marked with a crosswalk or not, it’s the law.
  • Look both ways for pedestrians and bicyclists when turning right on a red light.
  • Be aware of students where there are no sidewalks along the road and when backing out of driveways.
  • Watch for younger and less predictable children who may dart into the road.
  • Stop and wait for school buses when red lights are flashing.

Thanks for doing your part to provide safe student travel near all Portland schools.

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Traffic Advisory: Lane closure begins today through Sept 17 on NE Weidler from NE 102nd to NE 112th Avenue

(Sept. 6, 2013) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require a lane closure on NE Weidler Street between NE 102nd and 112th Avenues beginning today and continuing through Tuesday, September 17from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each day. 

The public is advised to expect delays on NE Weidler Street 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 closure is necessary to remove and replace both the base and the surface layers of sections of NE Weidler Street to stabilize the foundation of the road and prevent potholes and other surface distress.

Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

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




Commissioners Fritz, Novick Team up to Look For a Solution to Save NE Portland’s Historic Rayworth House

(Portland, OR) – Commissioners Amanda Fritz (Development Services, Parks & Recreation) and Steve Novick (Transportation) announce a new timeline for the preservation of the historic Rayworth House. 

The City offers special thanks to neighborhood advocates Roy and Kim Fox, who committed to saving the home, located on Albina St., and have made a significant financial and emotional investment in preserving the historic structure.  Further, the City offers special thanks to developer Andre Koshuba who has graciously granted several needed extensions to avoid demolishing the house. Commissioners Fritz and Novick are also appreciative of the advocacy of Boise Neighborhood Association.

Complications arose yesterday (Thursday, September 5) when City staff learned that the height of the home during its cross-town move was actually three and a half feet taller than previously indicated in the permitting process. This information, coming less than 72 hours before the home was to be moved, raised significant concerns over vital infrastructure issues such as traffic impacts, utility/electric and communication line impacts, and on impacts to both private and City-owned trees.

This change necessitates a new route for a potential move and new permits. Property developer Andre Koshuba has agreed to a one-week delay of demolition to allow for additional route planning.

Fritz, Novick and City staff will continue to work with all parties to find a new or modified route that minimizes impacts on traffic, gives advance notification of impacted neighbors, and includes a thorough assessment of utility/electric and communication line issues and the structural and safety-related impacts to both privately- and City-owned trees.

“Everyone wants to make this move happen, in a manner that protects neighbors and the house,” says City Commissioner Amanda Fritz. “I very much appreciate the efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Fox, of Mr. Koshuba, of Pat Brady of Emmert International, and everyone involved.”

Commissioner Novick praised the work of staff from the several bureaus to work together to try to find a way to relocate the house while protecting infrastructure the community depends on every day.

“The Transportation Bureau has to protect the trees, power lines and traffic signals that are in the public right-of-way,” Novick said. “I’m glad we may be able to find a way to preserve this house, which reflects the character and charm of Portland. But all parties need to continue to work together to protect the utilities and other infrastructure that are essential to our quality of life.”

The home is believed to have been built in 1890 by Edwin Rayworth. It went into foreclosure in 2010.

Koshuba, the developer, then bought it and plans to replace it with a pair of homes on the Rayworth property’s existing site.


Mark Ross - Public Information Officer Portland Parks & Recreation 503-823-5300 (office); 503-823-6634 (cell) Healthy Parks, Healthy Portland Amanda Fritz, Commissioner | Mike Abbaté, Director

Dylan Rivera Media Relations | Portland Bureau of Transportation t: (503) 823-3723 | c: (503) 577-7534 website | twitter | publicalerts

All Season Cycling

Classes and rides to keep you riding year ‘round

fall bikingSure, it gets pretty wet in Oregon, but with a little extra preparation you can be an all-season cyclist. Join the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Portland by Cycle and Women on Bikes programs for free clinics and rides that demonstrate the ease, convenience, and joy of cycling 12 months a year.   

  • All Season Cycling clinic - an interactive session as experienced riders share their tips and techniques for staying dry, comfortable and safe while riding all year 'round.   Wednesday, Sept 25th - 700 NE Multnomah St., 3rd floor @ 6:30 pm
  • Gear Up for Winter clinics (Women only!) - Now that you have mastered summer cycling, learn helpful hints on winter gear, riding techniques and bike upkeep. Saturday, Sept 7th -  PSU Bike Hub, 1818 SW 6th Ave @ 10 am – noon.
  • Autumn Adventure ride - Celebrate the cooler weather on a 25-mile ride round-trip along the Springwater Corridor to Oregon City. Saturday, Sept 21st - Fire Station 21, Eastbank Esplanade, under northeast side of Hawthorne Bridge @ 9:30 am - 1:00 pm

The following “Autumn Ride” series of bike rides start at 10 am and last about two hours.  We'll ride rain or shine for 8 - 10 miles:

  • Explore Southwest Portland - We'll climb a few more hills than usual to uncover the secrets of Southwest Portland and test our shifting skills. Saturday, Oct 19th - PSU Bike Hub, 1818 SW 6th Ave.
  • Explore North Portland- This ride shows off an abundance of Neighborhood Greenways and hidden neighborhood treasures. Saturday, Oct 26th - Holladay Park, NE Multnomah St. and 12th Ave.
  • Explore Southeast Portland - We'll use this ride to practice wet-weather riding, and see some unique corners of Portland. Saturday, Nov 16th - Universal Cycles, SE Ankeny St. and 22nd Ave.
  • Explore Northeast Portland- Take a tour of Northeast's verdant parks while admiring fall colors or the pleasures biking through the rain. Saturday, Nov 23rd - Holladay Park, NE Multnomah St. and 12th Ave.