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Dylan Rivera

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UPDATED Traffic Advisory: SW Broadway Drive to reopen on August 2

(August 1, 2016) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will reopen SW Broadway Drive on August 2, in time for the morning commute. The street, which was originally scheduled to be closed through the end of August, has been closed to all motor vehicles since June 21st for the replacement of a failing retaining wall. Through August, crews will continue additional work at the site that does not require the road to be closed.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously through work zones, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards, and use alternate routes if possible.

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


 

(June 20, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that replacement of a distressed rubble retaining wall on a portion of SW Broadway Drive will require a full road closure for all motorized vehicle traffic beginning tomorrow, June 21, 2016, for the project’s entire duration through August 2016.

The goal of the project is to replace a distressed rubble retaining wall that supports a small portion of SW Broadway Drive and an important water line. The existing wall will be replaced by a new one supported on deep foundations and designed for resilience to earthquakes and landslides. Concurrent with the retaining wall work, PBOT will also make guardrail improvements in the project vicinity.

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The current rubble wall on SW Broadway Drive is covered in vegetation and is not resilient to earthquakes and landslides.

SW Broadway Drive between SW Grant Street and SW Vista Avenue will be closed to motorized vehicle traffic all hours and all days during the project duration. The roadway will remain open to local traffic only, up to the complete "hard" closure at the work zone. The closure will be approximately 350 feet long, near the property address 980 SW Broadway Drive. Motor vehicles will need to use alternate routes around the road closure.

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SW Broadway Drive closure and alternate routes.

Pedestrian and bicycle access through the site will be maintained. A pedestrian and bicycle corridor will be provided along the north shoulder of the road through the project area.

For more information, see the project web site.

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 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 

News Release: Bilingual survey seeks public feedback on transportation in Portland’s Central City

(August 2, 2016) - The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation launched its Central City Multimodal Project today with the publication of an Early Input Survey. The survey, offered in both English and Spanish, asks people about how they travel, where they go, and what challenges they face while getting around in the Central City. It is the first step of a year-long public involvement process that will inform decision making on the multimodal infrastructure added to the area. The Central City Multimodal Project will help make getting to and around the Central City safer, easier, and more convenient. PBOT will ask City Council to formally accept federal grant funds dedicated to the project on August 31.

Portland’s Central City is the center of the metropolitan region, with Oregon’s densest concentration of people and jobs. Currently about 23,000 people reside and 123,000 people work in the Central City’s five square miles, an area that represents only three percent of Portland’s total size. By 2035, 30 percent of Portland’s population growth is expected to occur in the Central City. This growth equates to an additional 37,000 new households and 51,000 new jobs.

Portland Central City

Survey participants will have an opportunity to enter a raffle prize for their choice of $100 of SmartPark vouchers, an annual BIKETOWN bike share membership, or a one-month TriMet pass at the end of the survey. Survey results as well as other public involvement opportunities that will take place in the coming year will inform a prioritized project list to be constructed with federal grant money and Fixing Our Streets funds. Construction on projects is projected to begin in 2018.

"As our our Central City grows and changes we must ensure that the needs of all people living and working in the area are taken into account,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “The Central City encompasses a wide swath of communities, workplaces and levels of income and we want to make sure everyone is included from day one. This survey marks the beginning of that conversation."

"Portland’s Central City is where 350+ Airbnb employees come every day to work toward our mission of creating a community where you can ‘Belong Anywhere.’ We love our location in the heart of Old Town, which allows us to recruit top talent who want the ability to walk, bike, or take public transit to work," said Darin Evenson, Airbnb's Director of Customer Experience for North America and the Portland site lead. "We look forward to the different types of infrastructure improvements in the Central City that will help our employees, hosts, and the thousands of Airbnb guests who visit Portland every year.”

“In addition to being Oregon’s largest public university, PSU is a top destination in Portland’s Central City. We have 29,000 students and 4,000 employees, and approximately 1 million visitors every year,” said Ian Stude, Director of Transportation and Parking for Portland State University. “My job is to ensure all these people can safely and efficiently access all that PSU has to offer. At PSU, we think investing in efficient multimodal infrastructure is the best way forward for Portland’s Central City and we look forward to partnering on this project.”

This evening, Tuesday, August 2, PBOT staff will be leading an organized bike ride about the Central City, including recent improvements and ideas for the future. The event is open to the public.

For assistance taking the survey in languages other than English or Spanish, please call the Portland Bureau of Transportation at 503-823-5185.

Organizations, groups and businesses located in Portland’s Central City and interested in sharing more information about the project at their next meeting are invited to contact the project’s manager, Gabe Graff, at gabriel.graff@portlandoregon.gov / 503-823-5291.

Visit the project webpage: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/71158

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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: Portland celebrates its newest public space - Ankeny Plaza

PBOT unveils new map of livable streets uses in Portland

 

Portland in the Streets

(Aug. 9, 2016) - Commissioner Steve Novick, Transportation Director Leah Treat and representatives from Old Town Chinatown and the Ankeny Alley associations cut the ribbon today on Portland’s newest public space: Ankeny Plaza.

The project is the latest in a series of programs and projects by the Portland Bureau of Transportation celebrating “Portland in the Streets.”  As part of the celebration, PBOT released an interactive map highlighting the numerous resources, events and activities Portlanders can use, visit, lead or join that take place in the public right-of-way, including Ankeny Plaza, BIKETOWN, block parties, street fairs and Portland Sunday Parkways.

Ankeny Plaza, Portland’s latest example of innovation in the public right-of-way, covers 20,000 square feet -- the equivalent of half a downtown city block -- on SW Third Avenue. Located in front of Voodoo Doughnut, just east of the Keep Portland Weird Mural and just west of Portland Saturday Market, Ankeny Plaza creates a welcoming public space at a key destination for tourists and locals alike.

The idea first came to PBOT’s attention when Better Block PDX and businesses in Old Town Chinatown held a three-day, public space demonstration project in October 2014. The event’s success led to further collaboration between PBOT and the local neighborhood and business associations.

The Third Avenue Reconfiguration Project was the first stage of the effort, followed by the installation of Ankeny Plaza. The Second Avenue Reconfiguration Project began last weekend and is nearing completion.

To create Ankeny Plaza, angled parking on SW 3rd Avenue between W Burnside and SW Ankeny was removed and new parking spaces were installed approximately 29 feet west of the curb running parallel to the street. Adjacent to the parking spots are new, self-watering planters as additional protection and greenery for the cafe seating in the new public space.

The Ankeny Alley Association will manage the day-to-day maintenance of the new Plaza as part of their agreement with PBOT. Businesses using the cafe seating in the space have sidewalk use permits. A BIKETOWN station and kiosk were also installed in the new plaza.

The total cost of the Ankeny Plaza project is $20,000 from PBOT’s Community Permitting Program. The Portland Development Commission also awarded a $82,000 PDC Community Livability Grant to the Ankeny Alley Association for the project. This additional money has not yet been allocated. PBOT and the Ankeny Alley Association are exploring long-term improvements and strategies to best use this additional funding.

“Back in May, City Council proclaimed the summer of 2016 to be Portland in the Streets season. We made that proclamation because we wanted to highlight what a valuable resource our streets are not just for getting around, but for beloved community events like Sunday Parkways, block parties, street fairs, farmers’ markets and now, Ankeny Plaza,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “Our streets are our largest public space and here in Portland we are very good at using them to celebrate community, to foster our neighborhood businesses and, of course, to have a lot of fun.”

“In Portland, streets are the most abundant type of public space, occupying nearly 20 percent of land area in our city,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “This plaza is setting an example for the rest of the city as we embark on our Livable Streets Strategy that will support new innovation in the public right-of-way.”

Said James Silviano, President of the Ankeny Alley Association, “When the city of Portland, and Portland Development Commission step up and make these kinds of improvements, we feel it.  All of us feel like we stand together, and the city is behind us.”

“In 2013, the Old Town/Chinatown Community Association, in partnership with the PDC’s 5-year Action Plan, embarked on a journey in making the neighborhood one of the best in Portland,” said Helen Ying, Board President of the Old Town China Community Association. “One of the perceived obstacles that bubbled up was that the traffic patterns and Burnside Boulevard had divided the north side of the neighborhood from the south side. With the pedestrian improvements along SW Second and Third avenues making it easier for people to explore the neighborhood, we have created a bridge for that divide.”

“The north/south protected bike route on 2nd and 3rd allows a safer connection for bicyclists,” said Dan Lenzen, Old Town Chinatown Community Association Business Committee Chair. “Every intersection in Old Town now has a designated crosswalk. The PBOT street realignment has given us safer auto speeds. Pedestrians can now walk, shop and dine throughout our neighborhood safer. All this has been done with a 0 net effect to district parking.”

“Better Block PDX is proud to see PBOT implement these public space improvements that were initially proposed by the neighbors and businesses in the Old Town Chinatown Community Association,” said Better Block PDX Volunteer Ryan Hashagen. “It’s great to see how one weekend of people sitting on hay bales and playing ping pong in the street can spark a larger community conversation and imagination!”

Portlanders interested in organizing a street fair, block party, community barbecue, marathon, parade or other event in Portland's streets can get additional information at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/66077

An interactive map that includes street fairs, farmers markets, BIKETOWN, Ankeny Plaza and other activities in Portland’s streets can be view at: http://arcg.is/20Cv1HJ

News Blog: Join the Open Streets public plenary on Saturday, August 20

portland in the streets logo

Sunday Parkways happy

By Amber Shackelford, Portland Bureau of Transportation

With events like Sunday Parkways and new open spaces such as Ankeny Plaza, Portland loves getting people outside into our streets. Because of this, the 2016 International Open Streets Summit is coming to Portland August 18-21. This summit brings together participants from around the world to learn and share techniques to fill their own streets with people for some fun, healthy activity. Two hundred registrants will listen to engaging speakers and tour all sorts of cool spots in Portland.

Sunday Parkways 1

On Saturday, August 20th at 12 pm, the summit will host a noontime public keynote session at Portland State University’s Smith Memorial Hall (with air conditioning!). It is free and open to anyone who wants to hear from some of the Open Streets movers and shakers. Anyone who wants to learn more or get involved in the open streets movement is invited to join in on this exciting lineup of speakers, including our own Phil Wu, MD of the NW Health Foundation, Kaiser Permanente, NiCole Keith, Research Scientist from the University of Indiana, Tyler Norris, Vice President of Total Health Partnerships, Kaiser Permanente, and the incomparable Dan Burden of the Blue Zones

The focus of this session is about how we can reimagine and open up our streets to help people be happy, healthy, and socially and physically more active. Phil Wu is a retired pediatric obesity specialist who works to promote healthy living for families. NiCole Keith has worked to develop a partnership between Indianapolis public schools and health centers to provide exercise opportunities particularly in low-income and communities of color. Tyler Norris has founded over a dozen businesses and social ventures that focus on population health, community vitality, and equitable prosperity, and Dan Burden has won lifetime-achievement awards for helping to shape walkable communities around the globe. With this inspiring group of speakers, the session is sure to be a valuable experience when it comes to learning about our street and healthy communities.

For directions to Portland State University's Smith Memorial Hall, click here: https://goo.gl/maps/XYK2rDovesE2 

Alert: 2 lanes on SE Cesar Chavez remain closed through 9 p.m. tonight; video available (Photo)

A PBOT sewer crew secures an underground cavity

(UPDATE 5 p.m. Aug. 17, 2016) -- Two lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd are expected to remain closed through 9 p.m. tonight at SE Alder Street as crews repair underground cavities, the Portland Bureau of Transportation says. The left lane northbound and the left lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night and were closed all day today. 


Two travel lanes remain open, one each direction, though all traffic has been diverted to the eastern half of the roadway.

An 8-inch terra-cotta sewer pipe believed to be built in the year 1900 was found to have been broken, causing water to erode the surrounding soil, undermining the road surface. A concrete plug from an old connection to a nearby home may have failed, contributing to the damage. A video by PBOT crews shows standing water inside the sewer pipe, indicating a sunken section of pipe that also caused some erosion in the area or may have been caused by erosion from a nearby break. The exact cause of the breaks in the sewer main that led to the erosion has not been determined.

PBOT crews found an underground cavity approximately 8 feet wide, 8 feet long and as much as 8 feet tall in some areas under the road surface.

PBOT has posted HD video of standing water in a sunken section of the pipe.

Video courtesy Portland Bureau of Transportation: https://youtu.be/gYG5QtJIQJ4

Pictures by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Standing water in a sewer main indicates a sunken section

Travelers should avoid the area of SE Cesar E Chavez and SE Alder Street if possible, use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling in the area. SE Alder Street is closed to all but local residents between SE 38th Avenue and SE Cesar E Chavez.

The closure is located between SE Stark Street to the north and SE Belmont Street to the south, so travelers may want to turn off of Cesar E Chavez at those points or elsewhere to avoid delays.

Earlier post below.
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(Aug. 17, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that two lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd are expected to remain closed through 5 p.m. today at SE Alder Street as crews inspect and repair underground cavities. The left lane northbound and the left lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

One lane each direction on SE Cesar E Chavez is expected to remain open to traffic as crews make repairs the the road surface and underground utilities. Travel lanes on SE Alder Street are not affected, but travelers should expect delays on SE Alder Street and avoid the area if possible.

Travelers should avoid the area of SE Cesar E Chavez and SE Alder Street if possible, use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling in the area. The available lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez may change throughout the day. Two-way traffic may be shifted to the northbound lanes, if required to make the repairs, so travelers should pay close attention to lane closure signage leading up to this location.

The closure is located between SE Stark Street to the north and SE Belmont Street to the south, so travelers may want to turn off of Cesar E Chavez at those points or elsewhere to avoid delays.

We will post an update as we learn more about the cause of the road damage and timing of the road closure. It appears a leaking sewer line, more than 100 years old, may have caused the underground cavity. Two small holes in the roadway were visible late Tuesday night, exposing an underground cavity more than 3 feet in diameter and about 7 feet deep below SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

PBOT conducts emergency repairs to sewer and stormwater lines in the public right of way in Portland.

Underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, the result of underground streams or weather events. Small cavities in city streets may be a sign of a larger underground problem. The public is advised to call PBOT's 24 hour dispatch to report sinkholes or other roadway hazards at 503-823-1700.


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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

Contact Info:
Dylan Rivera 503-577-7534

 

Traffic Alert: Two lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd to remain closed at SE Alder St through 5 p.m. for repairs to an underground cavity

(Aug. 11, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that two lanes of SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd are expected to remain closed through 5 p.m. today at SE Alder Street as crews inspect and repair underground cavities. The left lane northbound and the left lane southbound were closed after 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

One lane each direction on SE Cesar E Chavez is expected to remain open to traffic as crews make repairs the the road surface and underground utilities. Travel lanes on SE Alder Street are not affected, but travelers should expect delays on SE Alder Street and avoid the area if possible.

Travelers should avoid the area of SE Cesar E Chavez and SE Alder Street if possible, use alternate routes and expect delays when traveling in the area. The available lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez may change throughout the day. Two-way traffic may be shifted to the northbound lanes, if required to make the repairs, so travelers should pay close attention to lane closure signage leading up to this location.

The closure is located between SE Stark Street to the north and SE Belmont Street to the south, so travelers may want to turn off of Cesar E Chavez at those points or elsewhere to avoid delays.

We will post an update as we learn more about the cause of the road damage and timing of the road closure. It appears a leaking sewer line, more than 100 years old, may have caused the underground cavity. Two small holes in the roadway were visible late Tuesday night, exposing an underground cavity more than 3 feet in diameter and about 7 feet deep below SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

PBOT conducts emergency repairs to sewer and stormwater lines in the public right of way in Portland.

Underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, the result of underground streams or weather events. Small cavities in city streets may be a sign of a larger underground problem. The public is advised to call PBOT's 24 hour dispatch to report sinkholes or other roadway hazards at 503-823-1700.


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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