Skip to Main Content View Text-Only

The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

More Contact Info

Media Relations

Dylan Rivera

Public Information Officer

503-823-3723

For breaking news from Portland Bureau of Transportation see our Twitter feed: @PBOTinfo

For breaking news on overall service disruptions in the Portland-Vancouver metro area, go to @publicalerts or see www.publicalerts.org 


News Release: End of an era as Portland's last single space parking meter is retired

the last parking meter

Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick presents Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society, Kerry Tymchuck, with Portland's last single space parking meter. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(December 1, 2016) Commissioner Steve Novick, community stakeholders and PBOT representatives officially closed an era in Portland parking history today as they retired the city's last remaining single space parking meter. 

Officials retired the meter in dramatic fashion, using an electric saw to separate the meter head from its post. Commissioner Steve Novick then presented the meter to Kerry Tymchuk, Executive Director of the Oregon Historical Society, for inclusion in the society's collection. 

"These meters have served the city well," said Commissioner Novick. "They have been an integral part of our parking management system. But they have reached the end of their useful life, and it is time to completely transition to 21st Century parking technology, like paystations and pay by phone, which are more efficient and make it easier and more convenient for Portlanders to park."

"We are very excited that the Portland Bureau of Transportation has implemented new technologies to manage transportation and parking demand in the Central City," said Felicia Williams, President of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. "These advanced systems make it easier for everyone to enjoy visiting downtown, especially now that people don't have to carry around spare change to feed the meters."

"The retirement of single-space meters is a signal that Portland is moving towards more effective, efficient, and flexible on-street parking management solutions," said Tony Jordan of Portlanders for Parking Reform. "By leveraging advances in plate-reading technology and mobile communications Portland can develop and implement a revolutionary citywide performance based parking solution that will provide greater convenience for consumers who drive while supporting our city's mode share, climate action, and traffic safety goals." 

Portland installed its first single-space parking meter in 1938. At the time, an hour of parking cost a nickel. At the height of the meter era, Portland had over 7,000 single space meters in Downtown and other parts of the city. In 2002, Portland become one of the first cities in the country to adopt the next generation of parking technology when it began to install paystations. The paystations allow customers to use credit cards or coins to pay for parking at any space on a block. Since then, PBOT has been gradually replacing single space parking meters with paystations. In the past year, PBOT has been removing the last 453 single-space meters. The meters, which do not take credit cards, have become obsolete and replacing them with paystations is more cost effective, promotes better parking management and provides a better user experience. 

The removal of single space meters is part of PBOT's overall effort to modernize the tools the agency uses to manage on-street parking spaces. In the first half of 2017, the agency expects to introduce two new parking solutions: mobile pay and pay by plate technology. Both tools are expected to make it easier and more convenient for users to pay for parking. 

Click here for a fact sheet about the history of Portland's parking meters.

Click here for historic newspaper articles about Portland's first parking meters.

News Blog: Snow in the forecast? What you need to know to get home safe in Portland

get home safe

chains required

Everyone driving in Portland should carry snow chains and in hilly areas such as West Burnside, the City sometimes requires traction devices. (Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.)

(December 2, 2016) Forecasters are still uncertain about the timing and amount of snow we could get in the Portland area on Monday morning, but it never hurts to be prepared! Safety is the Portland Bureau of Transportation's number one priority and, with that in mind, we've prepared some tips to make sure you get home safe in winter weather.

The best advice for traveling in bad winter weather is not to travel at all if you can avoid it. Wait until conditions improve before venturing out in winter weather. Allow the snow plows, sanding trucks, and other emergency vehicles to get out ahead of you to treat conditions. Allow yourself extra time to reach your destination. 

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.


Safety tips for driving

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. But we understand some neighborhoods at high elevation may encounter snow or ice unexpectedly and everyone should be prepared for winter conditions. The Portland Bureau of Transportation offers these tips. See more at:http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/47307

Chains - your link to safety!

Buy chains, practice putting them on your car, carry them in your vehicle, and use them. You may need them unexpectedly, especially at areas higher than 500 feet above sea level in Portland. PBOT sometimes requires chains or traction devices on West Burnside and SW Sam Jackson Parkway.

Carry an emergency weather kit

Have a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle to keep you safe and more comfortable during long waits. Your kit should include chains, shovel, bag of sand, battery jumper cables, first aid kit, basic tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver and knife), blanket, extra clothing (hats, socks, boots, mittens), flashlight, and a cell phone or CB Radio.

Expect slippery sidewalks; clear your own as well

In a winter storm, the sidewalk in front of your neighbor’s house may be the slickest surface you encounter. PBOT applies anti-icer and uses snow plows to clear streets along bus routes, but property owners are responsible for ensuring safe passage on sidewalks.

Look out for people on bike or out walking

Be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists who are also trying to get around in hazardous, low visibility conditions. Share the Road safely and responsibly.

winter weather

Click here for an enlarged version of PBOT's Get Home Safe infographic.

Watch for black ice

Black ice can occur when roadways are not subjected to direct sunlight in freezing temperatures. It looks "black" because it is clear, not frosty. This makes it almost invisible to the naked eye. Black ice commonly forms on roads that wind around lakes and rivers, in tunnels, on overpasses and in highly shaded, rural areas. Be especially careful when driving or riding into shaded areas, on bridges and overpasses, and on infrequently traveled roads. Slow down during your approach.

You are responsible for your vehicle

If you choose to drive, stay with your vehicle in a snow and ice storm. Any abandoned vehicle is subject to being cited and impounded. To locate your vehicle, call Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044.  If you are driving and visibility and conditions are getting worse rapidly, do not stop in a travel lane. Any vehicle creating a safety hazard is subject to towing. The current contractual cost of a tow is $168. The cost to store a towed vehicle past the initial four hours is $25 per day.

Look for an opportunity to pull off the road into a safe parking area and wait for conditions to improve. If you cannot reach your home, move your vehicle off a major street or plow route onto a side street so that plows can completely open up major streets. If you become stuck or stranded in severe weather, stay with your vehicle for warmth and safety until help arrives. While you wait for help to arrive, open a window slightly for ventilation, run your motor sparingly, and use your emergency flashers.

You may be towed on West Burnside and Sam Jackson Parkway

PBOT sets up chain-up areas in the shoulder heading uphill on West Burnside and SW Sam Jackson Parkway. They are set aside as a safe place for people to attach snow chains during a storm. Parking is not allowed in these areas and vehicles abandoned there are subject to towing.

Recover your vehicle as soon as possible

Parking regulations and other road safety regulations remain enforceable during a winter storm. If you leave your vehicle parked in a metered parking space or other time zone during a winter storm, recover your vehicle as soon as possible when conditions improve. If you receive a citation, follow the instructions on the back of it to resolve it or contest it with the County Circuit Court.


abandoned cars on burnside

People abandoned their cars on West Burnside during a snow storm in 2014. Most of these vehicles were towed to provide a safe chain-up area for drivers heading into the hills on West Burnside. (Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.)

Drive safely on wet and icy roads

Travel gently - drive, turn, and brake slowly. Adjust your speed to the road conditions and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. You should allow at least three times more space than usual between you and the car in front of you.

If you get stuck in snow, do not spin your wheels. This will only dig you in deeper. Use a shovel to clear snow away from the wheels and the underside of the car. Pour sand, kitty litter, gravel, or de-icing granules in the path of the wheels to help get traction. Shift from forward to reverse, and back again. Each time you're in gear, give a light touch on the gas until the vehicle gets going.

Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other travelers. Keep your lights and windshield clean. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

Biking in snow

Stay warm and dry. For more visibility, wear bright clothing, an orange vest, or use reflective tape. Use front and rear bicycle lights. Lights are required by law when riding after dark - a white light visible at least 500 feet to the front, and a red light or reflector visible at least 600 feet to the rear. Brake early and often. Avoid some painted and steel road surfaces. Steel plates, sewer covers, grates and other metal can be very slick in the rain and snow. Stay out of puddles and off of black ice. 

Slow down, give yourself longer stopping distances, and keep a firmer grip on your handlebars. 

Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind. 

Remember, bicyclists have the right to take a full lane and/or use sidewalks which may be used if bike lanes are blocked by snow from snow plows.

Take transit

The City’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages mass transit use instead. In most Portland neighborhoods, residents are within four to six blocks of a transit stop or covered bus shelter. Some neighborhoods have great access to MAX light rail or the Portland Streetcar. To plan your commute by public transit, call 503-238-RIDE (7433) or visit www.TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out.

Winter Weather Travel Advisory: PBOT urges public to prepare for snow on Wednesday, releases statistics from last week's storm

News media contact:
Dylan Rivera
Desk: 503-823-3723
Cell: 503-577-7534
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov 
@pbotinfo

get home safe

Snow Zone sign West Burnside

Everyone driving in Portland should carry snow chains and in hilly areas such as West Burnside, the City sometimes requires traction devices. (Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.)


(3:50 p.m., Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation warns the traveling public to be prepared for severe winter weather that may create hazardous traveling conditions during the Wednesday evening rush hour.

The National Weather Service has advised the City of Portland to expect 1 inch to 2 inches of snow over a six-to-eight-hour period, starting around noon to 1 p.m. While neighborhoods at elevations above 500 feet often experience more snow and ice accumulation than the rest of Portland, forecasters say the snow accumulations could vary widely at low elevations across the metropolitan area. Some low-elevation sites may have more snow than high-elevation areas, because forecasters expect narrow bands of heavy snow to move across the region throughout the afternoon and early evening.

There is some uncertainty in the forecast. There is a 20 percent or less chance that the Portland area sees less than 1 inch or more than 3 inches of snow, the Weather Service says. The Wednesday afternoon forecast also could change by Wednesday morning.

Freezing rain is not expected, but freezing temperatures are expected through the weekend.

 

Also new as of Tuesday afternoon:

  • NW Cornell Road is expected to remain closed through the upcoming storm and freezing conditions, staying closed potentially through the weekend. Trees remain in the landslide area, and heavy equipment creates risk for pedestrians who violate the work zone. The site still lacks electricity for street lights and lighting in the tunnel. Damage to power lines and telecommunication infrastructure needs to be repaired. No through traffic is allowed, and only local access is allowed on Cornell east of NW Thompson and west of NW Westover.
  • PBOT dispatch received 687 phone calls and created 426 service requests, nearly all for downed trees, from 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 through 6 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 10, according to figures the bureau is releasing today.

Advice for the public:
Be prepared, expect conditions to vary

While the snow forecast may still be uncertain, it never hurts to be prepared!

The best advice for traveling in bad winter weather is not to travel at all if you can avoid it. Wait until conditions improve before venturing out in winter weather. Allow the snow plows, sanding trucks, and other emergency vehicles to get out ahead of you to treat conditions. Allow yourself extra time to reach your destination.

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out.PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/47307

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.

PBOT VIDEO:
What's it like to drive a snow plow? 
Drivers have limited visibility

We invited our friends from AAA Oregon/Idaho, AARP Oregon, and The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) to take our snowplows for a spin at our annual snowplow training event for PBOT crews in October.

Watch what they learned:

Snow plow safety video

Video by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

 

Do not bike, walk or drive in front of a snow plow. Do not pass snow plows or sanding trucks, which are focused on the city's busiest streets. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

PBOT last Thursday-Saturday storm response:
'By the numbers'

PBOT crews worked overtime during last week's snow and ice storms. PBOT crews worked mainly on storm response from 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 8 through 6 a.m. on Saturday Dec. 10. Crews set up trucks with plows, sanders and chains by 3 p.m. on Wednesday, in case the storm came early. Some staff also worked through the weekend and are still working to clear streets of tree debris.

For Thursday through Saturday, PBOT staff:

  • Applied 22,000 gallons of anti-icer (MgCl) and 868 cubic yards of sand.
  • Covered plow routes totaling 1,120 lane miles with a separate 260 lane miles of anti-icing. Each route was plowed or anti-iced many times by various trucks.
  • Handled 687 phone calls and created 426 service requests, nearly all for downed trees. PBOT Dispatch at 503-823-1700 handles all after-hours and weekend calls for Portland Parks & Recreation's Urban Forestry Division.
  • As of Monday, most of the 260 “tree down” locations still have debris in place and PBOT is coordinating with Parks to assist them in tree debris removal.
  • Used at least $16,000 in materials. Labor costs are still being tallied.
  • Work continues to clear the landslide on NW Cornell as quickly and safely as possible.

Winter travel safety tips

Carry an emergency weather kit

Have a well-stocked emergency kit in your vehicle to keep you safe and more comfortable during long waits. Your kit should include chains, shovel, bag of sand, battery jumper cables, first aid kit, basic tools (pliers, wrench, screwdriver and knife), blanket, extra clothing (hats, socks, boots, mittens), flashlight, and a cell phone or CB Radio.

Expect slippery sidewalks; clear your own as well

In a winter storm, the sidewalk in front of your neighbor’s house may be the slickest surface you encounter. PBOT applies anti-icer and uses snow plows to clear streets along bus routes, but property owners are responsible for ensuring safe passage on sidewalks.

Look out for people on bike or out walking

Be watchful for pedestrians and bicyclists who are also trying to get around in hazardous, low visibility conditions. Share the Road safely and responsibly.

You are responsible for your vehicle

If you choose to drive, stay with your vehicle in a snow and ice storm. Any abandoned vehicle is subject to being cited and impounded. To locate your vehicle, call Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044.  If you are driving and visibility and conditions are getting worse rapidly, do not stop in a travel lane. Any vehicle creating a safety hazard is subject to towing. The citation for "preventing free passage" is $80 and the current contractual cost of a tow is $168, so motorists can expect to pay at least $248. The cost to store a towed vehicle past the initial four hours is $25 per day.

Look for an opportunity to pull off the road into a safe parking area and wait for conditions to improve. If you cannot reach your home, move your vehicle off a major street or plow route onto a side street so that plows can completely open up major streets. If you become stuck or stranded in severe weather, stay with your vehicle for warmth and safety until help arrives. While you wait for help to arrive, open a window slightly for ventilation, run your motor sparingly, and use your emergency flashers.

You may be towed on West Burnside and Sam Jackson Parkway

PBOT sets up chain-up areas in the shoulder heading uphill on West Burnside and SW Sam Jackson Parkway. They are set aside as a safe place for people to attach snow chains during a storm. Parking is not allowed in these areas and vehicles abandoned there are subject to towing.

Recover your vehicle as soon as possible

Parking regulations and other road safety regulations remain enforceable during a winter storm. If you leave your vehicle parked in a metered parking space or other time zone during a winter storm, recover your vehicle as soon as possible when conditions improve. If you receive a citation, follow the instructions on the back of it to resolve it or contest it with the County Circuit Court.

PBOT is prepared, with crews working in tough conditions

PBOT crews applied 8,100 gallons of anti-icer on Monday night, and expect to apply more to try to prevent snow or ice accumulation. Leaf Day service will be provided as scheduled Wednesday morning, for as long as conditions allow. The city's fleet of more than 50 snow plows will be ready by noon. Parking enforcement officers will be in place to tow abandoned vehicles during the evening rush hour.

Plows are not able to move snow accumulations of 1 inch or less, so people who insist on driving should be prepared to drive on snow.

Chains - your link to safety!

Buy chains, practice putting them on your car, carry them in your vehicle, and use them. You may need them unexpectedly. During snow storms, PBOT often requires chains or traction devices on West Burnside and SW Sam Jackson Parkway.

### 

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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Alert: City of Portland prepares for possible flooding on Johnson Creek

(Dec. 19, 2016) The potential for heavy rain, combined with melting snow, could cause limited flooding along Johnson Creek between midnight tonight and early afternoon on Tuesday, Dec. 20.

The City of Portland continues to monitor the forecast and flood gauges. While we expect minor street flooding because of heavy rain in the area, we do not expect streets to be flooded by the creek. Flooding could affect some low-lying areas along the creek where homeless individuals camp and some private properties in the area.

The Sycamore Gauge on Johnson Creek near 152nd Avenue and Foster Road is at 2.59 feet as of 4 p.m. At 11 feet it is considered flood stage, when the creek overtops its banks in some places.

The gauge is expected to reach 11 feet at about 5 a.m. and crest at 11.8 feet by late morning on Tuesday. The flooding threat is expected to be reduced by early afternoon.

The bureaus of Transportation (PBOT), Parks & Recreation, Emergency Management (PBEM), Environmental Services (BES) and the Portland-Multnomah County Joint Office on Homelessness are working together, with support from 211info, to warn residents, businesses and property owners along Johnson Creek that of the potential for flooding overnight.

Today, as a precaution, Portland Parks & Recreation park rangers joined area social service providers to do outreach.  Rangers and social service staff contacted people experiencing homelessness - near areas along Johnson Creek that are likely to flood – and issued warnings about the potential dangers of tonight’s rain and possible flooding.

The Joint Office of Homeless Services is working with shelter providers to identify available shelter beds for individuals displaced due to the flooding. Individuals seeking additional information about the flooding risk and available shelter should call 211info. (Dial 2-1-1 or visit the website, www.211info.org.)

Sandbag locations are stocked and ready

To help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency, sand and sandbags are available at no charge to anyone who wants to use them to protect their property from flood damage. PBOT crews keep the sites stocked with sand and sand bags. No shovels are provided, so the public must bring their own. 

Sandbag locations are:

  • SE 88th Avenue just south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park. Enter parking lot at the bottom of the hill, and follow one-way traffic to the sand pile at the exit on the east side of SE 88th;
  • SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection; and
  • SW 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park; enter Gabriel Park from Vermont.

Restoration projects have reduced severity of flooding

To reduce the severity and frequency of flooding along Johnson Creek, the Bureau of Environmental Services is continuing to implement a number of restoration projects along Portland’s portion of the 26-mile creek. Most notably, the Foster Floodplain Natural Area, completed in 2012, transformed a flood-prone neighborhood into a natural area that absorbs and filters excess rainwater. 

On Tuesday, Environmental Services field science teams will monitor water levels along the creek and evaluate the performance of restoration areas in absorbing and channeling this event’s snowmelt and rainfall. Environmental Services web site offers more information about the Johnson Creek area and the Foster Floodplain Natural Area.

In the event that streets are closed, PBOT asks the traveling public to obey all road closed signs. Do not move them or drive around them. The roads have been closed because of hazardous conditions. If drivers ignore the signs, they are potentially putting themselves, other travelers and PBOT crews at risk.

To report downed trees or street flooding that are causing a hazard and covering a travel lane, call PBOT's maintenance dispatch at 503-823-1700.

Stay up to date!

  • Sign up for email or text message alerts of traffic advisories from the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

  • Sing up for PublicAlerts, the system the City uses to notify the public of emergencies, including any need to evacuate due to flooding. To register and to update address, mobile phone and email information, visit www.PublicAlerts.org/signup.

News Media Contacts:

Dylan Rivera,
PBOT Public Information Officer
Cell: 503-577-7534

Diane Dulken,
BES Public Information Officer
Cell: 503-823-6724

Mark Ross
Parks & Rec Public Information Officer
Cell: 503-823-6634

Felicia Heaton
PBEM Deputy Public Information Officer,
Cell: 503-209-0549

News Release: Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT celebrate Fixing our Streets milestone; release 2017 project schedule in advance of the start of fuels tax collection

fixing our streets banner 600x224

News Release:

Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT celebrate Fixing our Streets milestone; release 2017 project schedule in advance of the start of fuels tax collection

(Dec. 29, 2016) Today, Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat celebrated the first twenty base repair projects completed as part of the Fixing our Streets program. Commissioner Novick and Director marked the milestone at a recently completed base repair project near the intersection of SE Milwaukie and Romona Streets. At this location, PBOT crews fixed a failing section of street and installed a new concrete bus pad along TriMet bus route 19. Director Treat also released the list of Fixing our Streets street repair and safety projects that are slated to begin in 2017.

“Last May, Portland voters decided to pay a higher gas tax in order to fix the streets and make them safer," said Commissioner Novick. "With the 20 base repair projects, PBOT has already started to fix the streets. In 2017, Portlanders will see more streets repaved, dangerous intersections fixed, sidewalks installed, and greenways improved. They’ll also see strong emphasis on creating safe routes to schools. In short, they’ll see their dime in action.”

“2017 is going to be an exciting year for the Fixing our Streets program,” said Director Treat. “After completing 20 small, but significant projects all across Portland this fall, we will now start major paving and safety projects in 2017. We are delivering what voters expected when they passed Measure 26-173: projects that will make their roads better and their city safer.”

The Fixing Our Streets program is the result of the passage of Measure 26-173, a ten cent tax on motor vehicle fuels and Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to street repair and traffic safety projects. The collection of the tax is set to begin on January 1, 2017.

Passed on May 17th, 2016, Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years. In May, the Portland City Council also unanimously passed a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. This separate tax for vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds will raise an estimated $10 milllion over four years for the Fixing Our Streets program.

Fixing Our Streets includes paving, base repair, sidewalks, crossings, neighborhood greenways, safe routes to school, high crash corridors, protected bike lanes and alternative street design projects that will all have a significant impact on neighborhoods across Portland. In 2017, PBOT will undertake the following projects:

Paving Projects

SE Foster (82nd to 90th) - Paving Foster Road from 82nd Avenue to 92nd Avenue and ADA curb updates.  

Cost estimate: $ 3,000,000

NE Halsey (102nd to Weidler) - Paving project on NE Halsey from 102nd to Weidler. Combined with the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape project, which is being funded with Portland Development Commission and system development charge funds.

Cost estimate: $ 2,240,000

SW Vermont (Oleson to Capitol) - Paving SW Vermont from SW Oleson to SW Capitol Highway and ADA curb updates.

Cost estimate: $ 3,150,000

SE 50th (Division to Hawthorne) - Paving on SE 50th from SE Division to SE Hawthorne Blvd and ADA curb updates.

Cost estimate: $ 1,450,000

SW Naito (Harrison to Jefferson) and SW Main (1st to 2nd) Paving SW Naito Parkway from Harrison to Jefferson; between I-405 and SW Lincoln St and on SW Main from 1st to 2nd. Address bicycle safety for bikes coming off the Hawthorne Bridge and merging with buses which stop between 1st & 2nd. Fixing Our Streets funds are leveraging additional $1 million in ODOT funding.

SW Naito cost estimate: $ 1,600,000

SW Main cost estimate: $ 350,000

Basic Road Repair (citywide): Projects prioritized using Pavement Management System

Funding will be used for multiple base repair projects which are completed in small sunken areas where the road has failed. Projects range in size from a tabletop to about one city block.

Cost estimate: Will vary with number of projects undertaken.

Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

N Columbia Blvd (Interstate Pl - 13th) - Paving on North Columbia Boulevard from Interstate Place to 13th. Update corners to meet current ADA standards.

Cost estimate: $2,100,000

Small Freight Improvement Program - Small scale capital projects to improve freight efficiency and safety

Cost estimate: $ 500,000

Sidewalks

Infill sidewalk SE 112th Ave: Market – Powell - Construct 7' curb tight sidewalk using existing curbs on SE 112th between Market and Powell and upgrade ADA ramps.  

Cost estimate: $ 785,000

Infill sidewalk NE 102nd Ave: Sandy – I-84 - Construct 7' curb tight sidewalk using existing curbs on NE 102nd Ave between Sandy and I- 84 and upgrade ADA ramps.

Cost estimate: $ 200,000

Infill sidewalk SE Flavel St: 84th – 92nd - Construct 7' curb tight sidewalk using existing curbs on SE Flavel between 84th and 92nd and upgrade ADA ramps.

Cost estimate: $ 350,000

High Crash Corridors

NE Sandy Blvd: install pedestrian refuge island and active warnings - Pedestrian crossing improvements at NE Sandy & 31st Avenue including rapid flashing beacons and ADA compliant curb ramps.

Cost estimate: $ 150,000

SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy: Crossing improvements - Fixing Our Streets funding being used to leverage existing project funding. Safety improvements include the development of a protected pedestrian/bike lane space, reduced travel lane widths for traffic calming, a concrete median/pedestrian crossing island with rapid flashing beacons at 35th Ave. All curb ramps will be upgraded for ADA compliance.

Cost estimate: $ 145,000

Crossing Improvements

SW Naito Parkway Riverfront Access Improvements - Assess traffic signal designs to determine changes along SW Naito to improve accessibility to the Park.

Cost estimate: $ 165,000

Street Lighting Infill for Multimodal Safety - The funds associated with this will provide street lights at up to 25 locations.  

Cost estimate: $ 140,000

Safer and More Efficient Rail Crossings (signal to rail coordination) - Update technology at signals at rail crossings.

Cost estimate: $ 440,000

High Crash Corridor - Pedestrian and Bicycle Crossings - 1) Pedestrian crossing - SE 122nd & Main: replace span wire mounted blinkers with rapid flashing beacons and install pedestrian refuge island; 2) Bicycle crossing - Holgate & 41st/42nd: Protected intersection, buffered bike lanes, ADA compliant curb ramps, marked crosswalks and crossbikes.

Cost estimate: $ 165,000

Safer Shoulders / Ditch Maintenance

BES Partnership - Safer Shoulders (Includes funding SW Stephenson) - Install low-cost pedestrian improvements on SW Stephenson and additional areas as funding allows  

Will vary with number of projects undertaken.

An interactive map featuring all of the Fixing Our Streets projects can be viewed at map.fixingourstreets.com

About Base Repair 

Base repair projects are reserved for streets with sections that are in poor or very poor condition. The repairs address those portions of the street that have failed from top to bottom. The goal of these base repair projects is to prevent the structural failure from spreading to other parts of the street. $8.6 million of the Fixing Our Streets funding will go towards base repair projects. The 20 base repair projects completed in 2016 cost a total of $426,000.

The recently completed base repair project at SE Milwaukie and Ramona Streets for Thursday’s event is at a bus stop for the #19 TriMet bus. Over time, the asphalt pavement had deformed where the buses stopped. Thanks to Fixing Our Streets, PBOT was able to repair the roadway and install a concrete bus pad. By installing a durable concrete pad, this section of roadway will now be less likely to become damaged by the force and heat generated by braking buses and trucks, thereby making travel safer and more efficient for all road users.

bus pad before & during

The base repair project at SE Milwaukie and Ramona before (left) and during construction (right).

 

About Fixing Our Streets

On May 17th, 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to fixing our streets. Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years.

PBOT is investing this money in a wide variety of street improvement and safety projects across the entire city. Fixing Our Streets will help PBOT expand preventive street maintenance that saves money and prevents potholes. It will support our work to make it safer for children to walk to school. It will allow us to build more sidewalks, traffic signals, street lights and bike lanes.

In approving Measure 26-173, voters also voted for a transparent, accountable and efficient program. Residents can learn about the program by visiting FixingOurStreets.com and by visiting the Fixing Our Streets interactive map.  Questions or comments about Fixing Our Streets may be submitted to: fixingourstreets@portlandoregon.gov.

About the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax

In Oregon, Heavy Vehicles (over 26,000 lbs) don’t pay gas taxes, they pay a weight-mile tax that is based on their mileage in the state. To make sure that local transportation funding is collected in a way that accounts for freight as well as residential use of the transportation system, the City Council passed a heavy vehicle use tax on May 11, 2016. The heavy vehicle use tax that charges companies based on a percentage of the state weight-mile tax they pay. It is only charged to companies who pay the state weight-mile tax and also have a license to do business in Portland. Businesses will pay 2.8% of their Oregon Weight-Mile tax.

The estimated revenue to be generated from the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax is $2.5 million per year or $10 million over 4 years. Per City Council Ordinance, the funds are to be allocated for 56% street repair and 44% traffic safety.