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News Advisory: Commissioner Novick to go 'undercover' as pedestrian 12/9 for crosswalk enforcement action at SE Division Street and 156th Avenue

(December 4, 2013) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 9, from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

City Commissioner Steve Novick will serve as a pedestrian decoy during the action, planned to take place at the marked crossing of SE Division Street at 156th Avenue. Novick oversees the Bureau of Transportation.

“Safety is the top priority for our transportation system, and there’s a lot the public can do to help prevent crashes,” Novick said. “As we enter wintertime, it is darker earlier in the evening, so it’s more important than ever for drivers to keep an eye out for pedestrians.”

He added, “When walking and biking, please be mindful that vehicles require a good amount of distance to stop, which is why it is imperative to carefully and correctly cross lanes of traffic.”

Novick thanked the Portland Police Bureau for its participation and cooperation in organizing the event with the Transportation Bureau. Capt. Kelli Sheffer of the Traffic Division said it’s important for everyone to exercise caution in dark conditions.

“We hear all the time from drivers that they didn’t see the pedestrian,” Sheffer said. “As a pedestrian, making yourself more visible, ensuring drivers see you and have stopped for you before crossing each lane of traffic would aid in your safety.”

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a pedestrian decoy positioned at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation.

The intersection of SE Division Street and 156th Avenue has a marked crosswalk and pedestrian median island where people can safely wait for traffic to stop. It also is the location of two fatal crashes in the last two years.

The Dec. 9 action is intended to raise awareness of several timely issues for people who walk, bike or drive, across the city or in East Portland:

  • Five-lane streets such as SE Division pose a “double threat” that drivers and pedestrians need to understand. When a driver stops a vehicle to allow a pedestrian to cross one lane of traffic, drivers in the adjacent lane are required by law to also stop for the pedestrian. Pedestrians need to make sure that cars stop in each lane of traffic before they enter the lane.
  • This time of year, shorter days mean less light during morning and evening commutes and the need for people to be aware of each other in the dark. This crosswalk enforcement action is timed for the beginning of the evening commute. 
  • Especially during late fall and winter, the City and TriMet encourage everyone to “Be Seen, Be Safe” when they are traveling along or across Portland roadways. For more information, see

The event at SE Division Street and 156th Avenue is the tenth in a series of Crosswalk Enforcement Actions the City of Portland plans to conduct this year.

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Traffic Advisory: SE Yamhill scheduled for paving 12/5-12 from SE 69th to 76th avenues

(December 4, 2013) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require alternating lane closures on SE Yamhill Street between SE 69th Avenue and SE 76th Avenue from Thursday, December 5 through Friday, December 12, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. 

The street improvements involve grinding down the existing pavement and repaving .93 lane miles of the street.

One traffic lane will remain open at all times.   Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

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

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



News Advisory: ODOT, PBOT and TriMet set winter preparedness kickoff

The Friday news briefing looks at how local transportation agencies prepare for winter

Local transportation agencies will hold a news briefing at ODOT’s Sylvan maintenance yard Friday morning to discuss preparations for winter weather and what the public needs to do when traveling in wintery conditions.

Representatives from the Oregon Department of Transportation, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet will be on hand to discuss what the agencies do to keep people moving safely when winter weather strikes.

Ted Miller, ODOT’s regional maintenance and operations manager, will host the event.

When: 10 a.m. Friday, Dec. 6, 2013.

What: Briefing for the news media on winter preparedness.

Where: ODOT’s Sylvan maintenance yard, 6000 S.W. Raab Road, immediately southwest of the Scholls Ferry Road intersection with U.S. 26.

Visuals: In addition to the news conference, ODOT’s heavy snow removal equipment will be on site. Following the news conference, an ODOT maintenance worker will demonstrate the proper way to install tire chains on a passenger vehicle.


ODOT, PBOT and TriMet are ready for winter weather, urge public to be prepared

“We’re ready for winter. Are you ready?”

(December 6, 2013) The Portland area’s three major transportation agencies are prepared for snow and ice, and advised the public Friday on the best ways to prepare for winter conditions.

The Oregon Department of Transportation, the Portland Bureau of Transportation and TriMet have been coordinating their efforts and planning for winter conditions since October. Maintenance managers have met with meteorologists to discuss the weather outlook for the season. The three agencies also monitor weather conditions around the clock, check trouble spots and adjust operations as conditions warrant.

During a Friday news conference at ODOT’s Sylvan maintenance yard, Ted Miller, ODOT’s Portland area maintenance and operations manager, said motorists need to be extra careful when weather deteriorates. Plows and de-icing trucks, he said, need plenty of room to get the job done. So give them a wide berth when you see them on the road. Also, he said, motorists should keep their cars in top condition and remember that patches of ice may remain on the roads even after deicer is applied.

“We’re ready to our job and we’re confident that the public is ready to do their job as well,” Miller said. “That means driving carefully, allowing plenty of room to stop and watching out for the other guy. No one wants to be the driver who causes the fender bender that traps everyone in a traffic jam.”

Suzanne Kahn, maintenance group manager for the city’s transportation bureau, said the city applies a liquid deicer, prioritizing known hazard areas, such as bridges and overpasses and the city’s busiest streets and transit routes. People who live or work in hilly areas need to buy snow chains, practice using them and be ready to use them at any time this winter. Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks along their homes or businesses to ensure safe passage for the public.

“We encourage people to use public transit during storm events, so people should study the bus and light rail routes where you live and know ahead of time if there’s a snow route that may be in effect,” Kahn said. “When walking and biking, it’s especially important to wear high-visibility clothing. Pedestrians should always cross at an intersection or a marked crosswalk. Bicyclists should be sure to brake early and avoid painted and steel road surfaces.”

TriMet’s Field Operations Manager Jay Jackson said that when winter weather is in the forecast, “We never close. We work around the clock to keep our buses and trains moving. Our partners at ODOT and the City are critical to keeping the roads passable for our vehicles.”

Jackson added that riders should be prepared for delays and dress warmly, as buses travel at slower speeds during a winter storm. TriMet now has more than 200 buses with automatic drop down chains to provide traction when needed at the press of a button, similar to school buses. This is in addition to regular chains that can be added to buses for traction.

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Traffic Advisory: One-day closure for NE 105th Avenue slated for December 9

(December 6, 2013) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that railroad maintenance work will close NE 105th Avenue between NE Sandy Boulevard and NE Marx Street on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A detour will be in effect during those times.  Southbound traffic will be directed east on NE Marx Street to NE 112th Avenue and south on NE 112th Avenue to NE Sandy Blvd. Northbound traffic will be directed east on NE Sandy Blvd. to NE 112th Avenue, north on NE 112th Avenue to NE Marx Street, west on NE Marx St to NE 105th Avenue.

Pedestrian and bike traffic should follow the same detours as vehicle traffic.  Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

The closure is necessary for Union Pacific Railroad crews to perform track maintenance at the railroad crossing.

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