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News Release: Timbers 3/8 game - consider transportation options, event rate parking to be in effect. Go Timbers!

(March 3, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Timbers fans to consider their transportation options for the 7:30 p.m. March 8th game in order to keep streets and transit running smoothly. 

Fans are encouraged to take TriMet or walk or take a bicycle. Ample temporary bicycle parking is available at Providence Park.  People who drive are encouraged to park in one of the City’s SmartPark garages.

For parking meters, event rate pricing of $3.50 per hour will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Regular parking rates of $1.60 per hour will apply at other times.

Northwest neighborhood event Zone M permit parking restrictions also will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Event-goers are encouraged to check out transportation and parking information online at www.trimet.org and www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/timbers or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark.

Go Timbers!

Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan open house coming up

Plan will help improve local connectivity in East Portland neighborhoods

Next Thursday (March 13th, 2014) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will host an open house to discuss the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan.  The open house will be held at the David Douglas High School North Cafeteria, 1001 SE 135th Ave.

Unconnected street

PBOT is developing the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan to help improve local street and pathway connectivity in several East Portland neighborhoods. The study area is bounded by SE 112th Ave, SE 148th Ave, SE Stark and SE Holgate and includes portions of the Hazelwood, Mill Park, Centennial and Powellhurst Gilbert neighborhoods.

The open house will include an overview presentation at 6 PM. Participants are welcome to drop by anytime between 5 and 7 PM to talk to staff and take a self-guided tour of several stations presenting the existing conditions, needs, opportunities and constraints, and proposed candidate connections to improve local street and pathway connectivity.  PBOT staff also wants to hear from Portlanders about where better local streets and pathways are most needed in the area.

The open house will also include information about several other projects in the area:

  • Powell-Division Transit and Development Project – Planning effort is underway to improve transit service and bring supporting development and investment to the corridor.
  • TriMet East Portland Transit Service Enhancement Plan - Planning effort is underway.
  • East Portland Access to Transit Project – Project is in design to build pedestrian and bicycle improvements.

What: Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan open house

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 Drop by anytime from 5 PM to 7 PM. Overview presentation at 6 PM.

Where: David Douglas High School North Cafeteria,1001 SE 135th Ave

To learn more, please visit the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan website

Division-Midway Plan Study Area

Traffic Advisory: Street Improvements to close lanes on W. Burnside Street from 19th to King avenues March 6th to 12th

(March 4, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on West Burnside   Street between SW 19th Avenue and SW King Avenue Thursday, March 6 through Wednesday, March 12, 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. each weekday. 

At least one traffic lane in each direction will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

The public is advised to expect delays 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.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to grind down  .33 lane miles of worn pavement in preparation for paving. 

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

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20’s Bikeway open houses kick off next week

See and comment on proposed designs for a 9 mile north-south bike corridor

2 people biking on a neighborhood bikeway

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will hold three open houses on the proposed 20’s Bikeway Project.

Thursday, March 13

Fremont United Methodist Church

2620 NE Fremont

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

Monday, March 17

Cleveland High School

3400 SE 26th Ave

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

Tuesday, March 18

Central Catholic High School

2401 SE Stark (enter on 24th Ave)

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

This project will plan, design and construct safety improvements to this important 9.1 mile north-south bicycle route.  The route uses a variety of local residential streets and neighborhood collector streets between NE/SE 26th and 29th Aves, and runs from NE Lombard St at the north end of the City to connect to the Springwater Corridor at the south end of the City.  The project is funded through a $2.4 million federal grant.

These open houses will allow for public comment on the design options developed to date by staff and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.  If you can’t make the March 13 open house, the same material will be presented at open houses in SE Portland on March 17 at Cleveland High School and March 18 at Central Catholic High School.

For more information on the project, including draft maps, documents and Stakeholder Advisory Committee notes, see the project webpage: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/62816

Photo credit: Greg Raisman/Flickr

Walk, but stay safe

Whether driving or walking, learn to recognize "the double threat"

Walking is a great way to get exercise and Portland is a great city for walking. It’s still important, however, to follow some basic safety rules to protect yourself from cars and other potential hazards.

In Portland, every intersection is a crosswalk whether marked with paint or not – this includes “T” intersections. By Oregon law, motorists must stop for pedestrians showing intent to cross by extending part of their body, wheelchair, cane, crutch or bicycle into the roadway. But safety doesn’t end there.

The Double Threat

Driver's-eye view of "double-threat" in a crosswalk

Road users should keep in mind that a secondary, or “double” threat exists on streets with two or more lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.

Drivers: Oregon law requires drivers to slow down and then stop when they see a vehicle stopped in an adjacent lane, regardless of whether a pedestrian is visible. It is illegal for a vehicle to pass a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk (ORS 811.020).  * If you see a vehicle stopped, assume you need to stop too. *

Pedestrians: In this situation, you might be blocked from the view of other approaching motorists by a stopped vehicle. Before entering the next lane of traffic, stop and look to make sure all approaching vehicles have stopped for you before you cross the next lane

Find more information about safety on our roads on our StreetSmart Safety page - click here to visit.