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Consider a year-end tax deductible gift to Sunday Parkways

People enjoying activities at Sunday ParkwaysIt’s Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day dedicated to giving back. Are you looking for a year-end tax deductible gift that will keep on giving into 2016? Consider making a donation to Sunday Parkways and help keep this fun-filled and family-friendly Portland tradition rolling along.

Sunday Parkways is all about Portland families, friends and visitors alike taking to our streets and beautiful parks to walk, bike, roll, or skate and partake in fun and healthy activity. Amazing Portland food carts keep everyone fueled and other local vendors provide a variety of goods and information. Your donation will help keep this going.

The more you give, the more Sunday Parkways can do, but any amount you can give helps. If you think your business, workplace, church, or community group would like to donate, sponsor or support Sunday Parkways in any way, let us know. We’d love to have you join the Sunday Parkways family and help us continue to bring these uniquely Portland events to our communities. 

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Safety improvements to close lanes on NE Columbia Blvd, Jan. 6 - Feb. 10

(Jan. 6, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that installation of safety improvements to reduce fatal crashes will require intermittent lane closures on NE Columbia Blvd westbound at NE 33rd Avenue, from Wednesday, Jan. 6 to Wednesday Feb. 10. One lane westbound will always remain open for traffic during work hours.

(Dec. 2, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that installation of safety improvements to reduce fatal crashes will require intermittent lane closures on NE Columbia Blvd westbound at NE 33rd Avenue, from Saturday, Dec. 5 to Wednesday, Dec. 23. One lane westbound will always remain open for traffic during work hours.

Vision Zero Portland logoPBOT crews will install a crash attenuator and jersey barriers to reduce crashes at this location, where there were two fatal crashes earlier this year. The attenuator and barriers will be installed between westbound lanes and the northbound exit ramp. Engineering solutions that reduce crashes are part of the City of Portland’s Vision Zero effort to eliminate fatal and serious injury traffic crashes. Learn more about PBOT’s safety work and the citywide Vision Zero effort at VisionZeroPortland.com.

During installation, one lane westbound will be closed, and a detour for the ramp to northbound 33rd Drive will be in effect during work hours, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends and from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays. The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe lane closures, use detours and alternate routes if possible.

Advisory message boards are currently in place in the area and will remain during the duration of the project.

The detour route will show travelers how to go from westbound Columbia Blvd to northbound 33rd Drive. The exit ramp from Columbia Blvd westbound to 33rd Drive northbound will be detoured north on NE 21st Avenue, east on NE Riverside Way, to NE 33rd Drive northbound.

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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

 

Invitation: Celebrating Portland's First Pedestrian Scramble Crossing


 
Join us to celebrate Portland's first pedestrian scramble crossing!
Opening remarks by Commissioner Steve Novick & Transportation Director Leah Treat
Saturday, December 5, 2015, 10:00 AM
NW 11th Avenue + Couch Street

A pedestrian scramble, also called a “Barnes Dance” after 20th century traffic engineer Henry Barnes, is an intersection where vehicle traffic halts in all directions and the intersection is given over to people who are walking.

During the scramble, people may cross the intersection in all directions – including diagonally. The new crossing at 11th and Couch is the first of its kind in Portland. To celebrate our new Barnes Dance, we’re having a barn dance. We’re inviting Portlanders to come join in the fun and celebrate another step to making Portland one of the best cities for getting around.

 Click here to view invitation.

Commissioner Novick, Director Treat to celebrate Portland’s first diagonal crosswalk with modern square dance group

(Dec. 3, 2015) City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will join the Oaky Doaks Square and Round Dance Club and Pearl District businesses and residents in celebrating Portland’s first diagonal crosswalk at 10 a.m. on Saturday. The modern square dance club will dance in the street, on the newly established marked crosswalks at Northwest 11th and Couch, educating the public on how the new intersection provides more comfortable, convenient access for people walking.

WHO:                 

City Commissioner Steve Novick

Transportation Director Leah Treat

The Oaky Doaks Square and Round Dance Club

Pearl District residents, business owners, interested members of the public

WHAT:                 A pedestrian scramble, also called a “Barnes Dance” after 20th century traffic engineer Henry Barnes, is an intersection where motor vehicle traffic halts and pedestrians are given priority. To celebrate our new Barnes Dance, Portland is having a barn dance of our own. During the scramble phase of the traffic signal, people may cross the intersection in all directions – including diagonally. The intersection of NW 11th and Couch is one of the most heavily used pedestrian crossings in Portland, in addition to serving the A Loop, B Loop and North/South Streetcar lines, making it highly suitable for a scramble crossing. PBOT staff will hand out information about pedestrian safety and the new intersection. The new traffic signals are part of series of signals improvements paid for by the Portland Development Commission and PBOT using fees and taxes paid by new development.

WHEN:                 Saturday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:               Intersection of NW 11th Avenue and Couch Street

VISUALS:             Dressed in their dancing attire, with music playing and a caller giving directions on a loudspeaker, members of the square dance group will dance in the street during the three phases of the intersection when pedestrians are allowed to cross. During the scramble phase, when all vehicle traffic is stopped, they will dance diagonally through the intersection. During the other phases, they will dance in the north or east crosswalks.

MEDIA:             News media are advised to arrive early. After brief remarks by Commissioner Novick and Director Treat, the event is expected to last 10-15 minutes.

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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’s Maintenance Operations Group announces partnership with GovDeals.com to auction surplus property

(Dec. 4, 2015) The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Maintenance and Operations Group (PBOT) has partnered with GovDeals to offer a wide range of surplus property to the public. Items for auction include street signs that have been taken out of service, metal shelving and lockers, TVs, microwaves, power and mechanical tools, bricks, concrete garbage cans and many other goods.

The auction will start on Monday, Dec. 7, with additional and updated offerings to follow monthly until all surplus material has been sold.

Surplus traffic signsSurplus toolsSurplus electrical cable

 

 

 

 

 

 

To see the full range of items currently available for sale, please visit www.govdeals.com/PBOT. You can also register to bid at that time.

GovDeals is an experienced web-based auction service that helps public agencies sell surplus property. GovDeals has worked with various City of Portland bureaus, including the Portland Police Bureau, as well as with other government agencies throughout Oregon.

Proceeds from all sales will be deposited into PBOT’s general transportation revenues, which provides for basic operations and maintenance.

Photography credit: 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 mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation