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Traffic Advisory: One lane on SW Fourth Ave from Montgomery to Harrison streets to close for streetcar work 7/2 and 7/3; streetcar service continues uninterrupted

(July 1, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that Portland Streetcar pre-construction work will occur on SW Fourth Avenue at Montgomery on Wednesday, July 2 from 9 a.m. through 4 p.m. and Thursday, July 3 from 9 a.m. through 3 p.m.   

The center lane will be closed to all traffic from just south of SW Harrison Street through SW Montgomery Street for sewer inspection work.  Portland Streetcar service will not be impacted by this work.

This work is required in advance of the upcoming Streetcar track construction on SW 4th Avenue and on SW Montgomery Street to add a second track to allow for the completed loop operations beginning September 12, 2015 with the opening of the new Tilikum Crossing Transit Bridge. 

The traveling public is asked to follow signs and use caution in work zones.

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Updated Traffic Advisory: Crews to finish paving on N Willamette Blvd from N Portsmouth to N Woolsey avenues July 26 and 27

7/25 Update: Crews will finish paving on N. Willamette this weekend, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  Flaggers will direct traffic. Expect delays or use alternate routes. Paving had been scheduled earlier but postponed due to rain.

 7/8 Update:  Traffic heading northwest (away from downtown) will be detoured onto  N Lombard Street between Woolsey and Portsmouth avenues. People on bicycle will be detoured onto Amherst Street.


Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on N Willamette Blvd from N Portsmouth to N Woolsey avenues July 7 to 18


(July 2, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures of N Willamette Boulevard from N Portsmouth Avenue to N Woolsey Avenue for two weeks from Monday, July 7 through Friday, July 18,  7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.

These lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 2.36 lane miles.

Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work.

Access will be maintained for businesses and residents. 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.

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


Traffic Advisory: Street rebuilding and paving closes lanes on SE 130th Avenue July 7 to Aug. 22

(July 3, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE 130th Avenue between SE Stark and SE Lincoln streets from Monday, July 7 through Friday, August 22, 2014.

The lane closures will allow crews to rebuild and repave 3.15 lane miles of street and upgrade four corners to provide curb ramps and ADA access.

Work will require intermittent lane closures during the weekdays between the hours of 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. 

Occasionally, when the work allows for only one lane of travel, the southbound direction on SE 130th Avenue will be closed between SE Market and SE Stark streets. The northbound direction will remain open at all times.

Detour signs will route southbound Stark Street traffic to either SE 122nd or SE 135th avenues.  On-street parking on SE 130th Avenue will be restricted during the work day to facilitate construction.

The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe traffic signing and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible to avoid congestion.

Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.


Traffic Advisory: Rolling closures planned for SE 19th Ave July 10-12 from SE Reedway to Clatsop streets for fog sealing

July 10 Update: Crews will fog seal the SE Spokane Street to SE Clatsop Street stretch on Monday, July 14 instead of Saturday, July 12.  On Saturday, crews will fog seal N Flint Avenue between Russell Street and NE Broadway.

(July 9, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require rolling closures on SE 19th Avenue from SE Reedway to SE Clatsop streets for fog sealing from July 10 to 12, 7 a.m. to about 6 p.m. each day.

All traffic, including vehicles and bicycles, will be detoured onto SE 17th Avenue.  Pedestrians may use the sidewalks but crossings for pedestrians, bicycles and motor vehicles will be limited to SE Reedway, SE Bybee, SE Spokane and SE Tacoma streets while work is in progress and while the fog sealant dries.

The rolling closures are as follows: SE Reedway to SE Bybee will be closed on July 10; SE Bybee to SE Spokane will be closed July 11 and SE Spokane to SE Clatsop will be closed on July 12.

The rolling closures allow crews to apply fog seal, a mixture of liquefied asphalt and recycled rubber tires that leaves a tough film on the street, protecting the pavement from weather and wear and preventing more costly and lengthy repairs in the future. 

The public is asked to stay off the street until the fog sealant is dried and barricades removed. To ensure an effective seal and prevent the sticky fog seal from getting on clothes, pets and vehicles, please keep all vehicles, people and pets off the pavement until the street reopens.

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

Fog sealing depends on warm and dry weather and the schedule may change.



Transportation and community partnership delivers 84 new parking spaces to East Portland commercial areas.

East Portland Bike and Shop pilot serves 12 businesses and organizations

(July 21, 2014) - East Portland is enjoying 84 new bike parking spaces at 12 East Portland businesses and organizations after the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) recently completed the East Portland Bike and Shop project.  In partnership with community members and the East Portland Action Plan Municipal Partnership program, which provided funding to acquire and install the bike racks, PBOT brought much needed bike parking resources to a wide area of East Portland.

Baskins Robbins bike parkingThe project installed seven grouped bike cluster racks (typically called "corrals") and 21 individual bike racks to improve transportation choices for people traveling by bicycle and to provide increased customer access to dozens of East Portland businesses and organizations.

“I want to thank East Portland activists and the East Portland Action Plan for the hard work and partnership,” said City of Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “This project demonstrates that in order to provide equal access we sometimes need to do things differently, including reevaluating our standard operating procedures to meet community goals. It’s an example of delivering on our promise to the people of East Portland to make it a safer and more convenient place to get around and to the businesses to improve connections to customers.”

East Portlanders had long flagged the lack of bicycle parking as one of the barriers to meeting daily needs by bike.  In meetings held over the last few years, community members noted that East Portland (along with SW Portland) face unique development patterns that preclude PBOT from providing the same quality and quantity of bike parking as other commercial corridors.

PBOT’s ubiquitous blue bike racks are public property. The racks are PBOT’s responsibility to maintain and are only installed in the public right of way – usually in the furnishing zone of the sidewalk adjacent to the businesses’ storefront.

Many of East Portland’s retail centers have large asphalt parking lots separating the sidewalk from the businesses’ front doors.  This separates a bike rack from a business’s front door by more than 100’, making bike parking inconvenient and inconspicuous to shoppers and clients. East Portland resident Jim Chasse wrote, “What most people don't know, or don't consider is, bike parking is so important to cyclists to protect their investment that we won't contribute to the economy if we don't have adequate facilities to lock our bikes to while we shop. This is a great start to encourage people to cycle more in East Portland!”

The project is a product of the East Portland in Motion plan, which called for installing bike parking on private property in approximately 10 locations.  Property owners assumed ownership and responsibility to maintain the racks. Previous City policy did not allow PBOT to donate bike racks to private businesses. In 2013, however, City Council gave the PBOT Director the right to provide such donations. East Portland community activists then helped identify potential locations and PBOT staff worked to secure business and property owner agreements.

 [photos by David Hampsten]

new bike racks








The project provided bike parking for a range of East Portland locations, including shopping plazas, social service and health care agencies, and individual businesses.  The full list of locations and bike parking facilities installed is included in the chart below.


# of Corrals

# of Staple Racks

# of Bike Parking Spaces

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Service (106th and SE Cherry Blossom)




Pizza Baron/Midway Plaza (122nd and SE Division)




Powell Villa (122nd and SE Powell)




Russellville Grange (121st and NE Prescott)




Rosewood Community Center (162nd and SE Stark)




Boss Hawgs Bar & Grill (102nd and NE Glisan)




IRCO Main Office (104th and NE Glisan)




Tina's Corner Café (122nd and SE Harold)




Tik Tok Restaurant (112th and SE Division)




Ed Benedict Park (104th and SE Bush)