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News Release: PBOT fines contractors for blocking streets, exacerbating rush hour traffic delays

"We will hold them accountable," Commissioner Saltzman says

(Aug. 7, 2017) Last week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation fined two contractors who blocked the public right of way without a permit or in violation of a permit. The blockages exacerbated traffic congestion during the busy summer construction season. PBOT will continue to issue fines as needed to prevent unnecessary traffic congestion.

On Monday, July 31, Columbia Construction Service blocked a turn lane and a through lane just west of the Burnside Bridge, narrowing the street to one lane westbound during the morning rush hour. This closure caused extreme congestion, which delayed public transit service and other road users.

On Thursday, Aug. 3, PBOT ordered Turner Construction Co. to stop all work in the center lane of SW 12th Avenue, between SW Morrison and SW Alder. The company's permit only allows the closure of the right lane. 

After receiving complaints and photographic evidence, both companies were fined last week.

Get Portland MovingFines for unpermitted work in the right of way or violations of existing permits are added to a construction project's building permit. Time-sensitive building inspections are not conducted until a permit holder pays outstanding fines.

City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT, said unpermitted lane closures will not be tolerated.

"Amidst one of the busiest summer construction seasons in recent memory, I’m disappointed at the blatant disregard for the public," said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT. "With the Get Portland Moving effort underway this year, City staff have been working diligently to coordinate the timing of many different public works projects to ease congestion as much as possible. For a private construction company to block a lane during rush hour, delaying thousands of people and undermining our efforts to reduce traffic congestion is unacceptable. We will hold them accountable."

While PBOT has approved many downtown-area lane and sidewalk closures for construction projects, the Bureau seeks to avoid closures during morning and afternoon peak travel periods. PBOT's permit review process helps coordinate closures to reduce the impact on the traveling public.

Burnside closure unpermitted 7-31-17

PBOT has fined Columbia Construction Service for causing significant traffic congestion on West Burnside during the morning rush hour on Monday, July 31, 2017. This picture shows how Burnside was narrowed to one travel lane. (Photo provided by a concerned constituent.)

SW 12th Ave unpermitted closure

PBOT has fined Turner Construction Co. for violating its permit by closing the center lane of SW 12th Avenue. The approved permit only allows closure of the right lane. (Photo by Portland Water Bureau.)

Report Work Zone Concerns using the PDX Reporter mobile web site!

PDX Reporter Work ZonesPBOT inspectors check for construction permit violations, but we need your help as well!

Report concerns about work zone violations using PDXReporter.org and a work zone request will be created for our staff to review.

News Blog: How it works: PBOT's new two-way bikeway with bike and right-turn signals at NW Naito & Davis

(August 14, 2017) This week, PBOT celebrates a new connection for people with the modification of the existing traffic signal at NW Naito & Davis. This bike signal facilitates movement between Better Naito and the Steel Bridge. Located at NW Naito and Davis, the new path and bicycle signal provides people a safe and convenient route to continue south-north. The new bicycle traffic signal makes the right turn onto the Steel Bridge on-ramp more predictable for people driving. The bike signal will allow people on bicycles to safely cross the ramp in either direction when the right turn signal onto the Steel Bridge ramp is red.

This new package of improvements, delivered as component of PBOT’s Fixing Our Streets’ effort called, provide a connection that reduces conflicts along Tom McCall Waterfront Park and at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, a monument to the Japanese American experience. By providing an adjacent cycling facility, PBOT intends to reduce cut-through bike traffic through Historical Plaza and to encourage bike commuters to take advantage of Better Naito during the busy summer festival season.

The new path was constructed and striped by PBOT Maintenance crews in public right-of-way left over from the old Harbor Drive.

 new bike signal at Naito & Davis  Onramp to Steel Bridge 1950

Figure 1 shows a view from the new path looking northbound. 

new bike signal at Naito & Davis

Figure 1. Looking northbound from path, prior to signal turn-on 

Figure 2. Before bike path and lane modifications, NW Naito & Davis

Figure 2. Before bike path and lane modifications, NW Naito & Davis 

Figure 3. After bike path and lane modifications, NW Naito & Davis

Figure 3. After bike path and lane modifications, NW Naito & Davis 

To prevent conflicts between vehicles and path users, two bike signals were installed by PBOT’s Electrical Maintenance staff. After the initial signal is activated and traffic patterns have been observed for a few weeks, City staff will calibrate equipment that detects when people on bicycles are present at the intersection to modify the signal green time, optimizing flow for all users. Northbound right turning vehicles and eastbound vehicles from Davis are held at a red light while the bike signal indication is green, as shown in Figure 4. The bicycle signal heads use a device that allows them to be seen only by the intended (path) users.

Northbound right turning vehicles may proceed right when the right turn signal is green but are prohibited from turning right on red (with a No Turn on Red sign), as shown in Figure 5. The signal is timed to serve different vehicle and bicycle movements appropriately.  

Figure 4. Movements during bicycle phase

Figure 4. Movements during bicycle phase 

Figure 5. Movements during Naito northbound right turn phase

Figure 5. Movements during Naito northbound right turn phase 

The new signal was funded through Fixing our Streets’ Naito Parkway Riverfront Access Improvements project.

 Reducing conflicts on NW Naito Cycle Track

Figure 6. Reducing conflicts on Naito Parkway

Improved connections for bikes on NW Naito

Figure 7. Improved connections for people on bikes on Naito Parkway

Graphics credit: David Soto Padin and Christopher Sun, Portland Bureau of Transportation

News Release: Director Treat, Naito Development, Better Block PDX celebrate safer access to Waterfront Park

Safer, more comfortable waterfront access

(Aug. 14, 2017) – PBOT Director Leah Treat, Will Naito of Naito Development and Better Block PDX announced the completion of traffic signal improvements, a new bicycle connection to the Steel Bridge, and safer access to Governor Tom McCall Waterfront Park at a news conference today.

Fixing Our Streets LogoThe new signals at the NW Naito Parkway and NW Davis Street intersection and the SW Naito Parkway and SW Main Street intersection were funded by the Fixing Our Streets Program. In May 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to fixing our streets.

"This project helps everyone enjoy safe, comfortable access to downtown Portland and the beauty of waterfront park," Treat said. "Portlanders will need more biking and walking transportation options as our population continues to grow and we work to reduce carbon emissions and pollution. Thanks to the Fixing Our Streets Program, we have funding for essential maintenance and safety projects that will improve the quality of life for people across the city."

Will Naito, grandson of downtown business leader Bill Naito, said the crossing improvements will help grow the economy by connecting businesses and residents.

"A thriving downtown depends on great biking and walking connections," Naito said. "I personally enjoy biking to work, and I'm grateful for these crossing improvements. We need world class biking and walking routes, so thousands of people can come to work and shop downtown without traffic congestion. When the Grove Hotel opens later this year, we expect thousands of guests to use these improved bike and pedestrian crossings."

Better Block PDX, the non-profit group that started the Better Naito multiuse path pilot project, supports the safety improvements PBOT has completed.

“As an Old Town business owner, I hear people asking about how to get to the waterfront almost every day," said Ryan Hashagen, a volunteer with Better Block PDX. "These new signals and safer active transportation route will make it easier for visitors and downtown workers alike to have a more predictable, understandable route to the waterfront. Better Naito is becoming a spine of active transportation from the Steel Bridge to the Hawthorne Bridge.”

The improvements provide a connection that reduces conflicts along waterfront park and at the Japanese American Historical Plaza, a monument to the Japanese American experience. By providing an adjacent cycling facility, PBOT intends to reduce cut-through bike traffic through the historical plaza and to encourage bike commuters to take advantage of Better Naito during the busy summer festival season.

Located at NW Naito Parkway and NW Davis Street, an updated signal, path, and related cycle track provide bike commuters coming from the east side of the Willamette River a safe and convenient route to Better Naito and the year-round bike lanes on Naito Parkway. An updated traffic signal controls the right turn onto the Steel Bridge on-ramp, making that connection more predictable for people driving. It also includes new bike signals that allow people on bicycles to safely cross the ramp, north or south, when the right turn signal onto the Steel Bridge ramp is red.

 

New signal at NW Naito and DavisA new traffic signal and two-way cycle track at NW Naito Parkway and NW Davis Street makes it safer for people to cross the ramp on a bicycle, provides a more organized connection for people driving and reduces bike-pedestrian conflict in waterfront park. (Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.)

NW Naito Parkway and Davis bike traffic signal

A new two-way bike path was recently built on old right-of-way left over from Harbor Drive, which was removed in the 1970s. To prevent conflict between people driving and people biking at NW Davis, PBOT Signals + Streetlight electricians installed two bike signals. (Graphic by Portland Bureau of Transportation.)

Another crossing of Naito Parkway, at SW Main Street, has a new pedestrian signal that makes it safer for people to cross the busy street and access the park. Later this year, PBOT will also install a crosswalk on the Steel Bridge on-ramp. 

Lean more about these bike and pedestrian improvements at the PBOT web site for Naito Parkway Riverfront Access Improvements.

Reducing conflicts on NW Naito Cycle Track

Connections of NW Naito Cycle Track Project

Eclipse Traffic Advisory: Plan ahead for highway congestion during eclipse weekend; consider telecommuting, biking & walking

Clarification: An earlier version of this advisory incorrectly described the Smart Park garage closure. The closure on Sunday night through noon on Monday only affects the rooftops of those garages. All other floors will be available for parking as normal.

(Aug. 17, 2017) –  The Portland Bureau of Transportation warns the traveling public to prepare for heavy traffic congestion on area highways and potential delays on public transit this weekend through Tuesday, as the state experiences an influx of visitors for Monday's total solar eclipse.

On Monday, Portlanders should consider telecommuting, working flexible hours, walking, or biking to avoid travel delays. Carpooling can reduce the number of vehicles on the roads, reducing traffic for everyone. Portland Streetcar and BIKETOWN bike share service both plan normal operations.

Local efforts to reduce unnecessary traffic during presidential visits and winter storms have shown Portlanders are able to adjust their travel plans for special circumstances by planning ahead. It's worth remembering to support local businesses as the region copes with the influx of an estimated 1 million visitors to Oregon.


Be alert! Be respectful!

The Portland area will still experience a nearly total eclipse, so make sure you have your eclipse glasses with you but also remember to use caution when traveling, especially around buses and trains.

  • Whether walking or driving, do not stop or park on train tracks or stand in the street to get a better view. Be especially careful on rail tracks, as streetcars and light rail vehicles require longer stopping distances. When parked cars impede public transit, it inconveniences thousands of people and could result in your car being towed.
  • People driving, especially downtown on Monday morning from 9 to 11:30 a.m., should expect crowded sidewalks and heavy pedestrian traffic.
  • Be aware that the rooftop floors of four of PBOT's SmartPark garages downtown will be closed during the eclipse to ensure public safety. From 8 p.m. on Sunday through noon on Monday, no vehicle or pedestrian access will be allowed on the roofs of the four garages: 3rd & Alder; 4th & Yamhill; 10th & Yamhill; and 1st & Jefferson. All other floors of those garages will be available for parking as normal.

 

Portlanders should be prepared for traffic delays, and check online resources, specifically:

  • The Oregon Department of Transportation has advised us to expect severe traffic congestion on area highways in the days before, during and after Monday's event. ODOT will be providing travel updates via www.Tripcheck.com and 511 so you can be prepared with the most current travel information available 
  • Public transit service may also experience delays and congestion, especially as travelers use the MAX Red Line to reach Portland International Airport before and after the event. TriMet Riders can stay informed of delays or disruptions at trimet.org/alerts, using TransitTracker online or through the TriMet Tickets mobile app. Also TriMet's Rider Support team at 503-238-RIDE (7433) can help plan trips or help navigate delays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. every day.
  • Portland Streetcar service plans normal operations, though highway traffic could overflow onto city streets that share the road with streetcar. Check schedules and real time arrival times at PortlandStreetcar.org and service alerts at PortlandStreetcar.org/alerts
  • A variety of social services, travel and other alerts may be accessible from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. by calling 211 or checking 211's Eclipse Hotline at 211info.org/eclipse

 

PBOT is taking steps to reduce unnecessary congestion on city streets:

  • Delaying street maintenance on busy streets. Road work will be limited to residential streets on Monday, unless emergencies arise.
  • Advising construction contractors and other permitted users of the public right-of-way that they should consider scheduling work on busy streets before Friday afternoon or after Monday. They may also face delays caused by eclipse related traffic congestion.
  • Assisting ODOT in managing traffic incidents that may affect city streets, including assisting with detours or other traffic management issues as needed.

 


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Consider fun, family-friendly events in Portland!

Sunday Parkways in Outer Northeast will offer a new route that connects four parks over 6.4 miles with family, friendly fun.

On Monday, the Human Access Project and Portland Bureau of Environmental Serviceswill host an eclipse-watching party, floating and swimming on the Willamette River in downtown Portland. They encourage you to go there by bike!

PBOT News Release: Sunday Parkways makes a 'Big Jump' in East Portland this Sunday

(Aug. 17, 2017) – This Sunday, Aug. 20 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., the City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will host a brand new Sunday Parkways route in Outer Northeast Portland neighborhoods. This free, family-friendly event organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation is a great way to get the whole family out on a bike ride or walk for healthy, fun activity, kicking off the second decade of Sunday Parkways.

Outer Northeast Sunday Parkways is part of PBOT’s effort to provide residents with greater options for walking and biking in the Gateway district.  In the next several years, the City of Portland plans to build nearly $20 million worth of biking and walking infrastructure to allow neighborhood residents to more easily connect to jobs, schools, parks, and local businesses.  With a three-year “Big Jump” grant from People for Bikes, Sunday Parkways route will showcase upcoming neighborhood greenways, crosswalks, and safety improvements in the neighborhood.  Learn more on PBOT’s “Gateway to Opportunity” project website.

The six-mile Outer Northeast Portland route includes sections of Neighborhood Greenways in the 130s corridor, and shows where new crossing are being built along NE Halsey and NE Glisan streets.

The route highlights four beautiful Portland Parks and goes by the University of Western States campus. Knott Park will have the Parks for New Portlanders Cultural Celebration.  Hazelwood Hydro Park is the starting point for the Walk with Refugees and Immigrants starting at 11 a.m. along the Sunday Parkways route from Hazelwood Hydro Park to Knott Park. Thompson Park will be strewn with hula hoops and a bouncy house where participants can pick up a Kaiser Permanente Passport to Health sticker hunt. Participants can get their Zumba on at East Holladay Park.

To make it easy for residents and visitors alike to join in the fun this weekend PBOT has created a detailed Sunday Parkways route map with all area bikeway routes and bus and light rails routes plus the BIKETOWN boundaries and stations to help area everyone get to Sunday Parkways by biking and taking transit.

All parks are packed with activities, food, music, and community businesses and organizations to connect with at the event.  Find the list of music, food, community organizations, sponsors and scheduled classes and activities on our Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways webpage.

About Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance for the ten years has topped 690,000 over 38 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.

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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

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:

Outer East Sunday Parkways Sponsors for 2017