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UPDATED Traffic Alert: SW Capitol Highway-SW Terwilliger Blvd has REOPENED

(Nov. 3, 2016) UPDATE: Thanks to the hard work of PBOT's Signals crews, SW Capitol Highway and Terwilliger Boulevard REOPENED at approximately 3:45 p.m.


(Nov. 3, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that emergency traffic signal work to repair damage from a crash this morning is expected to keep the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and Terwilliger Blvd closed through evening rush hour.

The traveling public is advised to avoid the area, obey all street closed signs and directions by reader boards and proceed with caution when driving along detour routes.

Please plan for extra travel time for your commute today as crews work to make repairs.

Detours and road closures are in place. SW Capitol Highway is closed in both directions at SW Barbur Boulevard east of the crash site and at SW Burlingame Avenue, to the west of the site.

View a map of the road closures

SW Capitol Closure

Expect the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and SW Terwilliger to be closed through evening rush hour.


The traveling public is detoured via SW Bertha Boulevard and SW Sunset Boulevard. People driving from the downtown area should plan to use Interstate 5 or SW Barbur Boulevard to reach SW Bertha Blvd to the south of the area. People heading west of the closure should expect to use U.S. 26 or other routes to reach SW Sunset Blvd.

People biking and walking should avoid the closure area area for their own safety and the safety of PBOT crews. This includes anyone using trails in George Himes Park.

A car crashed into a utility pole before dawn, damaging power lines and traffic signals. The crash destroyed electrical wires and pedestrian and traffic signals. Crews are reassembling some wiring harnesses and other equipment. 

The schedule may change, and updates will be provided by email and Twitter at

PBTO crews on SW Capitol Highway

PBOT traffic signals crews work to make emergency repairs to traffic signals damaged in a crash on Nov. 3, 2016. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Damages wires on SW Capitol Highway

PBOT traffic signals crews work to make emergency repairs to traffic signals damaged in a crash on Nov. 3, 2016. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.


News Release: Crosswalk education and enforcement action nets 8 citations, 8 warnings at SW 40th & Huber

(Nov. 3, 2016) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau announced the results of a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action that took place on Thursday, October 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the marked crossing at SW 40th and Huber to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. 

Education and enforcement actions such as today's event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries in Portland's streets.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

Warnings (8):
8 Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian

Citations (8):
5 Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian
1 Speeding
2 No operators license


Portland Police watch for traffic violations at the November 3 crosswalk education and enforcement action at SW 40th and Huber.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A PBOT staff person served as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during the action.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. View the results of previous actions. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025.


News Blog: Leaf Day is coming!

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News Blog: Leaf Day is coming!

(Nov. 3, 2016) - A quarter million trees drop a lot of leaves – and when they fall in an urban environment, it's necessary to clean them up. That’s why PBOT’s Leaf Day program is so important. 

From mid-November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical because letting them stay on the street can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. Leaf Dayis designed to clear our streets of many of the leaves that fall as the season changes. By participating in Leaf Day, you help to ensure safer and cleaner streets for you, your neighbors and all Portlanders.

This year we made a number of changes to our program based on the feedback we heard from residents. Among them:

  • Leaf Day is starting later. We heard you. We’ll be starting Leaf Day two weeks later this year to allow for more leaves to fall ahead of our first pickup day on November 12.
  • New Leaf Day districts. We’ve reconfigured the Leaf Day service districts to be smaller, which allows for more flexibility and better responsiveness.
  • Fewer Sunday pickups, no Thanksgiving weekend pickups. That means less noise in neighborhoods on the weekend and a quiet Thanksgiving holiday for all.
  • Digital reminders! Stay in the loop about Leaf Day by signing up for weekly email and/or text message updates with schedules and tips for making the most of your Leaf Day service.

Leaf Day begins on November 12. Here’s how you can make the most of your Leaf Day service:

  • Visit us online at to confirm which Leaf Day Service Zone you’re in, and when your service will be.
  • Our regular Leaf Day service clears your street tree leaves, but what about tree leaves on the sidewalk or elsewhere on your property? No problem: we’ll take those, too. Simply rake them into the street the day before your Leaf Day(s). Remember: only tree leaves, not any other kind of yard debris.

Rake leaves away from the curb

  • Help us help you! Remove obstacles like basketball hoops from the street, cut tree branches lower than eleven feet from the ground (our machines are tall) and relocate your vehicles off the road on your Leaf Day. By doing these things, you’ll make it easier for our machines to hug the curb and get your street cleaner as a result.Move your car on Leaf Day

We value your thoughts and hope these changes make Leaf Day easier for everyone. As always, we would like to hear your feedback. If you have an idea or a complaint, please call 503-865-LEAF or email

News Blog: “Be Seen. Be Safe.” Traffic safety during the darker days of the year

(Nov. 7, 2016) - Daylight savings time ended on Sunday, so it’s time to step up your visibility and make sure you’re doing your part to travel with care.

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People driving can increase visibility by using their headlights, leaving a safe distance between vehicles to increase your cone of vision, and continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling. Always be alert and practice extra caution during winter’s rain and low light. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark, and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can significantly impact a driver’s vision. Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited creating less time to react to something in the road, especially when driving at higher speeds.

 People driving need to:

  • Remember to practice patience and slow down
  • Stay in your lane and beware of drivers who dart from lane to lane
  • Even though the route may be familiar, don't go on autopilot; stay alert and ALWAYS watch for vulnerable road users such as people walking, biking and rolling
  • Don't touch your phone, eat, drink or do other things that are distracting

Did you know that as we age we have greater difficulty seeing at night? Night vision is the ability to see well in low-light conditions. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old. The American Optometric Association recommends older drivers:

  • Have annual vision exams
  • Reduce speed
  • Take a driving course; even experienced drivers can benefit from a refresher course, and some of the rules have probably changed
  • Minimize distractions, like talking with passengers or listening to the radio
  • Check with your doctor about side effects of prescription drugs
  • Limit driving to daytime hours if necessary

be seen be safe outreach

People walking and biking can increase their visibility during low-light hours by wearing reflective gear and using safety lights.

Did you know that you’re first visible to people driving from 500 feet away when you’re wearing reflective clothing? Compare this to just 55 feet away when wearing dark colors with no reflective gear or lights.

PBOT’s coordinated “Be Seen. Be safe.” street teams (volunteers and staff) will be out at busy intersections, high crash corridor roadways, and other key locations this week handing out safety lights and reflective stickers while encouraging Portland’s more vulnerable road users to brighten up their attire during the darker fall and winter months. 

Find PBOT staff and community volunteers at the following locations this week:

  • Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – N Williams Ave/NE Morris to NE Going
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – SE Foster/SE 80th
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – Providence Park MAX Station at SW 18/SE Morrison
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:00 – 8:30 AM – E Burnside/NE 16
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – SE Division/SE 82
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – Rosa Parks/Delaware/Greeley
  • Thursday, Nov. 10th, 4:30 – 6:00/6:30 PM at NE Cully & NE Killingsworth 
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – Greeley/Bryant/Lombard

In addition, the Islamic School of Portland staff will be distributing lights and stickers to parents and students at SW Capitol Highway and Alfred and PCC Sylvania volunteers will be handing out materials at key locations around campus throughout the week.


News Blog: Better crash data will sharpen Vision Zero focus

By Matt Ferris-Smith, Portland Bureau of Transportation

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(Nov. 15, 2016) Crash data helps PBOT decide where and how to invest in safety. But the time between when a crash happens and when the data reach PBOT’s Vision Zero team for analysis can take months.

Reducing that delay, and gathering better data on the role of speed, impairment and distraction in crashes, are key pieces of Portland’s draft Vision Zero Action Plan.

The Action Plan includes three items that will make crash data faster and more thorough:

  • EA.5 Improve timeliness of deadly and serious crash data processing and reporting
  • EA.8 Secure increased funding and personnel to staff timely investigation of deadly crashes
  • EA.9 Improve data collection on speed, impairment, and distraction at serious and deadly crashes

Other data-related actions call on PBOT to crosscheck crash data with trauma data to identify discrepancies, and to review crash and equity data regularly with Portland Police.

“Vision Zero is data-driven and has a fast timeline, which means we need to have the best data possible, as quickly as possible, guiding our investments,” says Clay Veka, PBOT’s Vision Zero Project Manager.

Life of a crash: How data reaches PBOT

Before getting to PBOT, crash data touches as many as four groups: the public, the DMV, Portland Police and the Oregon Department of Transportation (see figure).

Most crash data is self-reported through the DMV. People in Oregon who are involved in a crash must submit a DMV form if that crash (1) involves a motor vehicle, and (2) results in an injury or at least $1,500 in property damage.

Portland Police gather data only on the most serious crashes—those that result in a crash victim traveling in an ambulance, or when emergency responders enter victims into the trauma system. Compared to self-reported crashes, police gather and report more detailed information on crashes, such as alcohol use. (View the DMV form that police use.)

Both self-reported and police data are sent to ODOT for analysis and reporting. ODOT makes the official crash record available to PBOT and the public about 10 months after the end of the year reported; for example, the agency released crash data for the year 2013 in November 2014.

How crash data reaches PBOT


Vision Zero will reduce delay, fill gaps

Under Vision Zero, PBOT will work with the DMV, Portland Police and ODOT to accelerate the release of data on crashes that result in deaths or serious injuries.

Vision Zero also needs better data on the role of speed, impairment and distraction in serious crashes. Records from 2004 to 2013 show that speed and impairment were factors in 47 percent and 56 percent of Portland’s deadly crashes, respectively. Conversations with traffic investigators and safety experts suggest that the actual numbers are probably higher. Distracted driving is also likely underreported.

Excluded entirely are crashes not involving motor vehicles, which includes incidents in which people biking crash on rail tracks.

As Vision Zero moves forward, more timely and comprehensive crash data will help PBOT make smarter, quicker decisions about safety investments, says Veka, who adds that equity will also play a role.

“Our Task Force made it clear that they want a process that uses both crash data andequity data to guide our Vision Zero investments. We’ll be using both to prioritize improvements in the areas that need them most.”


Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets by 2025.

The Vision Zero Task Force has overseen the creation of a draft Vision Zero Action Plan with specific steps to make streets safe. This draft plan will go to Portland's City Council for approval on Thursday, December 1, at 3 p.m.