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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on NE Sandy Boulevard close lanes during morning commute from NE 27th Avenue to NE 29th Avenue, Nov. 16-20

(Nov. 13, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Sandy Boulevard from NE 27th Avenue to NE 29th Avenue starting Monday, Nov. 16, through Friday, Nov. 20, from 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. each work day. On some days, work may extend until 5 p.m.

At least one travel lane in each direction will be open at all times.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave .6 lane miles of NE Sandy Boulevard, part of PBOT’s Back to Basics goal of providing preventive maintenance on 100 lane miles of streets each year.

TriMet will temporarily close some bus stops in the closure area on Sandy Boulevard during work hours. Check trimet.org/alerts for closure information.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. People riding bicycles should expect rough surfaces when lanes are ground down before repaving. When riding a bicycle, consider using sidewalks and other routes during work hours.

Lane closures are only in effect during project work hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling 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 reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Fix-It Fairs = Free community resources

Workshops, information, door prizes, bike repair - even free lunch!

Volunteers from Bikes for Humanity fix bikes(November 18, 2015)  The first Fix-it Fair of the season takes place this Saturday, November 21 at Parkrose High School, 12003 NE Shaver St from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Two more fairs are scheduled in January and February in 2016.

Fix-it Fairs are FREE City of Portland events where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with a wide range of community resources. At these fairs, you can talk to experts about health and well-being, food and nutrition, home repair and weatherization, gardening and composting, transportation, and a more.

Bikes for Humanity, with support from Safe Routes to School, will provide FREE basic bike repair for students and families. Typical repairs performed include tightening of brakes, fixing flat tires and adjusting shifters. Plan on having your bike there early so the amazing volunteers have time to complete the needed work before the Fix-it Fair closes.

Bikes for Humanity will also give a free workshop at 10:00 am on Flat Tire Repair and Chain Repair if you want to learn some basic bike maintenance and repair skills you can perform yourself. Other workshops are offered throughout the day on topics such as reducing stress, home energy savings, buying your first home, and growing vegetables in containers. You can see the brochure and the full workshop schedule for this Fix-it Fair here

News Release: SE Clinton Neighborhood Greenway to be enhanced with diverter installation, following public awareness campaign

(November 19, 2015) As a part of the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has scheduled the installation of two traffic diverters on SE Clinton Street at SE 17th Avenue and 32nd Avenue. Weather permitting, the diverters will be installed during the first week of January 2016.

Starting in early December, PBOT will conduct an education and awareness campaign to alert people who use SE Clinton to the street’s status as a neighborhood greenway. The campaign is a direct response to the feedback PBOT received during the public involvement process. This process included two open houses with approximately 300 total participants. PBOT also received over 700 comments submitted to the bureau either at the open houses or on-line.

The Clinton Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project focuses on reducing auto traffic volumes and speeds to comply with the performance guidelines recently established for neighborhood greenways in the Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report.

This report was unanimously accepted by City Council this past summer. Using newly adopted performance guidelines, the report evaluates Portland’s existing Neighborhood Greenway network. This evaluation determined that while neighborhood greenways are very popular element of Portland’s bicycle system, some of the older routes are no longer providing conditions that allow for safe and comfortable bicycle use.

This is the case on SE Clinton. Between SE 12th Avenue and SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard, traffic volumes currently exceed the upper acceptable limit of 2,000 cars/day by 200 to 1,000 cars.  Much of this traffic is believed to be non-local cut-through traffic that should be using either SE Division Street or SE Powell Boulevard. Public comment leading up to the adoption of the assessment report strongly supported SE Clinton as a candidate for improvement to address the speed and volume issues.

”We build Neighborhood Greenways to make it safe and inviting for more Portlanders to walk and bike,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “As Portland continues to grow and our traffic patterns evolve, we need to support and enhance our Greenway network. That’s our goal on SE Clinton and throughout the city.”

The diverters will be installed as part of a six month trial period to assess their effect on improving conditions for people who walk and bike on SE Clinton and decreasing the traffic on the street. A citizen’s advisory committee will assist in the evaluation of the trial period and also recommend if modifications are needed for the project’s second phase.

In addition to the diverters, PBOT will be changing 34th Avenue to a one-way northbound street, with a contraflow southbound bike lane.  If traffic volumes can be reduced below 2,000 cars per day, the street section will also be signed for 20 mph. East of SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard, PBOT will install speed bumps. Construction of the changes to 34th Ave will begin as soon as the weather permits striping work.  Installation of the speed bumps east of SE Cesar Chavez Boulevard will begin next spring when weather conditions allow that type of construction.

 

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Release: PBOT stands with state, regional partners to deliver its ‘Get Home Safe’ winter travel tips

PBOT stands with state, regional partners to deliver its "Get Home Safe" winter travel tips.

(Nov. 24, 2015) As part of its Get Home Safe winter travel initiative, the Portland Bureau of Transportation stood with state and regional transportation agencies at the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Baldock Maintenance Yard to share the latest information the public needs to prepare for the winter travel season.

Working with other agencies, PBOT has been preparing for winter snow and ice conditions. PBOT officials introduced updated snow plow and de-icing routes. The bureau announced that it has expanded its de-icing routes by 40 miles, including 20 additional miles of coverage of Portland Public School bus routes. The bureau also announced it has switched to magnesium chloride as its de-icing agent to clear ice more effectively and efficiently. Magnesium chloride is also used by ODOT, and by using the same chemical, PBOT will be able to purchase more product at a lower cost and share supplies with the state during a storm.

Maurice Henderson“Thanksgiving is the start of the winter travel season, but PBOT has already been preparing for winter weather for months,” said Maurice Henderson, Deputy Director of PBOT. “Helping Portlanders get home safe is our winter weather mission. We’re ready and we need the public to be ready too. That is why we’re joining our state and regional partners to spread the word about what people who drive, walk and bike can do to be safe during a winter storm. Bad weather is inevitable. Unsafe travel doesn’t have to be.”

Suzanne Kahn, PBOT’s Maintenance Operations Group Manager, highlighted the steps PBOT has taken and will take to prepare for winter weather. “We’ve inspected our equipment, and our crews have trained and reviewed their snow and de-icing routes. When a major storm hits, our crews will work around the clock. PBOT has been preparing for months for winter weather. Now we need Portlanders to partner with us and use our winter weather tips so they can get home safe in the event of a storm.”

The City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation begins annual preparations for winter weather by conducting a training/refresher course for Maintenance Operations crews on snow plow operations during the last week of October. Crews practice maneuvering dump trucks fitted with snowplows and sand spreaders on a large obstacle course at Sunderland Yard.

Following completion of the course, crew members conduct a full check of the snow vehicle fleet at PBOT’s incident response headquarters at the Kerby Maintenance Offices. They also drive trucks along their assigned snow routes to re-familiarize themselves with the routes and terrain.

When there is a snow, sleet, ice, or other winter weather event, PBOT’s top priority is safety. Transportation crews will work to help Portlanders travel safety and to minimize inconvenience to residents and businesses.

“We appreciate our partnership with PBOT and ODOT as they keep roads passable, which helps us keep transit running and safely connecting riders to their destinations,” said TriMet spokesperson Mary Fetsch. “We do travel slower in wintery conditions, so we want to remind our riders to be prepared for delays and the elements.”

Officials with the Oregon Department of Transportation and Washington State Department of Transportation also spoke at the event. Partners attending included the Portland Bureau of Emergency Management, Portland Aerial Tram and Portland Streetcar Inc.

Photography by Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobilitywww.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Street Seats now accepting applications for 2016

Visit the Open House on Wednesday, Dec. 2 for in-depth information

People walking next to diners at a street seat.(November 24, 2015)  Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Street Seats program is now accepting applications for 2016. To help prospective applicants, an information session and Open House is scheduled for Wednesday, December 2, 2015 at Bunk Bar/Water Avenue Coffee, 1028 SE Water Avenue, from 10:00 am to 11:00 am.

Businesses and organizations that are interested in sponsoring a new Street Seat are strongly encouraged to attend. Participants at this information session will learn about the design requirements, costs and project timelines for sponsoring a street seat and can view one of the most recent Street Seat installations in front of Bunk Bar/Water Avenue Coffee. The deadline for providing an initial concept plan to the City is February 1, 2016.

People sitting in a Street SeatBased on similar programs in San Francisco and New York City, the Portland Bureau of Transportation instituted a pilot project in 2012 and followed with an ongoing program in 2013. Today there are 15 active Street Seats in Portland.

Find the 2016 Instruction Packet here.

Sign up to receive updates and event information from the Street Seat Program.