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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on W Burnside Road, from SW Skyline Blvd to SW Barnes Road, May 7-9

The work area is located between SW Skyline Blvd and SW Barnes Road.

(May 3, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance will require lane closures and a detour of eastbound traffic on West Burnside Road, near Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, starting Monday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 9. 

The work area is located between SW Skyline Blvd and SW Barnes Road. 

Eastbound travelers on W Burnside will be detoured south to SW Barnes Road, along the south side of the cemetery, then north at SW Skyline Blvd, to return to W Burnside. Westbound travelers will not be detoured, but are asked to slow down and use caution near the work zone. Expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

The lane closure and detour are expected to be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The work is expected to take up to three full days.

Area that will be closed to eastbound travel during work hours Monday through Wednesday, May 7-9

W Burnside Closure near Cemetery

The lane closures will allow crews to provide a base repair -- digging down below the road surface, replacing the base and as well as the asphalt at the surface, extending the life of the pavement. Learn more about base repair and other street maintenance techniques at the PBOT web site.

The work area is located near the site of a landslide that occurred in March 2017, and subsequent repaving project, but it is not related to that incident or the repaving.

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. 

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 flaggers, and use alternate routes.

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

News Blog: Major transportation improvements coming to East Portland through PBOT's East Portland Access to Employment and Education Project

While Portland Bureau of Transportation crews jump into the 2018 construction season, the planning and design of future projects continues as the bureau looks toward 2019. One such project is the East Portland Access to Employment & Education (EPAEE) project.

SE Morrison between SE 154th & SE 155th

SE Morrison between SE 154th & SE 155th. The EPAEE project intends to pave this street as part of the 150s Bikeway improvements. Photo by Steve Szigethy, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(May 8, 2018) While Portland Bureau of Transportation crews jump into the 2018 construction season, the planning and design of future projects continues as the bureau looks toward 2019. One such project is the East Portland Access to Employment & Education (EPAEE) project. EPAEE is a comprehensive, Metro-funded project dedicated to improving East Portlanders' access to public transit, parks, schools, and community centers. The project is currently in the early design phase and is scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2019. PBOT applied for funding for this project based on needs articulated by East Portland Action Plan members and engaged community residents through East Portland in Motion. The project is funded by $5.5 million Metro grant and $1 million in system development charges.  

What do we mean when we say “Access to Employment & Education”? Our goal is to enhance access to major employment hubs and business districts including the Gateway Regional Center, Mall 205, Halsey-Weidler Business District, Division-Midway District and the Rosewood Initiative District. The project will also improve walking and biking access to eight public schools including David Douglas High School, Floyd Light Middle School, Sacramento Elementary and Glenfair Elementary School. Public transit access improvements will help residents connect to more distant employment and education centers including downtown Portland, Clackamas County, Portland International Airport and the Columbia Corridor, via light rail or bus. Finally, the project will connect to major community open spaces including Gateway Discovery Park, Kelly Butte, Glenfair Park, Parklane Park and eight additional neighborhood parks. 

As part of this project PBOT intends to: 

  • Complete missing sidewalks: SE Market from 92nd to 130th and SE Cherry Blossom from Washington to Market 
  • Pave unimproved streets: SE Morrison between 154th & 155th Ave 
  • Install traffic calming along the 100s and 150s bikeway route 
  • Install crossing improvements on SE Stark, SE Powell, NE Glisan, NE Halsey 
  • Complete new trail connections at: SE 108/Franklin; 106 south of Market; 106/Wasco; 106/San Rafael 
  • Install buffered bike lanes on SE Market & SE Cherry Blossom 
  • New transit island at SE 106th & SE Cherry Blossom 
  • Reconfigure NE Glisan from 102nd to 122nd to a 3-lane cross section with buffed bike lanes 
  • Build a two-way cycle track on SE 106th between Main & Stark 
  • Install a mini-roundabout at NE 108th & Oregon 
  • Install Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps throughout project area 

The EPAEE project is currently at 30 percent design and we are looking to get feedback from community members who live and will use these planned improvements. 

Want to learn more or interested in giving project managers your feedback? Joins us at one of our upcoming open houses about this and many other projects happening in East Portland: 

East Portland Open House #1
May 16, 2018 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Midland Library                    
805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233 

East Portland Open House #2
June 5, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.   
Rosewood Initiative             
16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233 

For questions about EPAEE, please contact Timur Ender, PBOT Project Manager at Timur.Ender@portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-7084.  

More information about this and other east Portland projects can be found on our website at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/eastPDX


 

Photos of the existing conditions in East Portland and PBOT's proposed improvements in the EPAEE Project:

Wasco at 106th

Above: NE Wasco looking west to 106th (existing condition), under the EPAEE plan this could become a new multiuse path connecting to Gateway Discovery Park. Photo by Steve Szigethy, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

NE Wasco looking east through Teamsters Parking lot

Above: NE Wasco looking east through Teamsters Parking lot (existing condition), under the EPAEE plan this could become a new multiuse path connecting to Gateway Discovery Park. Photo by Steve Szigethy, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Proposed bike/walk trail at 106th and Wasco.

Above: Proposed bike/walk trail to connect residents to Gateway Discovery Park at 106th and Wasco.

SE 106th north of SE Division

Above: SE 106th north of SE Division (existing condition), under the EPAEE plan, residents would be able to travel on a lit path from Cherry Park Elementary to SE Division St. Photo by Google Street View.

SE 106th South of SE Market

Above: SE 106th South of SE Market (existing conditions), under the EPAEE plan, residents would be able to travel on a lit path from Cherry City Park to Kelley Butte Park. Photo by Google Street View.

concept photo

Above: EPAEE seeks to connect SE 106th between SE Division and SE Cherry Park with a paved trail, similar to this concept photo. The project would also install pedestrian scale lights.

Looking west on SE Franklin toward SE 108th (existing conditions)

Above: Looking west on SE Franklin toward SE 108th (existing conditions). EPAEE project would install a bike/ped path to the Powell/108th crossing. Photo by Steve Szigethy, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SW US Veterans Hospital Road from SW Gibbs Street to SW Gaines Street begin Sunday, May 20

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.16 lane miles of pavement.

(May 19, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements scheduled on SW US Veterans Hospital Road from SW Gaines Street to SW Gibbs Street will require lane closures starting Sunday, May 20 and continuing through Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day and weekend.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.16 lane miles of pavement.

Travel on SW US Veterans Hospital Road will only be open to vehicles heading northbound from SW Gaines Street to SW Gibbs Street while the project is underway.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on N St. Louis Avenue from N Ivanhoe Street to N Pier Place begin on Tuesday, May 29

(May 25, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements on N St. Louis Avenue will require lane closures from N Ivanhoe Street to N Pier Place beginning Tuesday, May 29 and continuing through June 6, 2018, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 2.07 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

News Release: BIKETOWN Expands Further East, Lowers and Simplifies Pricing

BIKETOWN service area to soon include eastside Portland neighborhoods along the 50s Bikeway

BIKETOWN Expands Further East, Lowers and Simplifies Pricing

BIKETOWN service area to soon include eastside Portland neighborhoods along the 50s BikewaY

After successful pilot, annual BIKETOWN members will be allowed to lock bikes to any public bike rack in the service at no cost.  

Pay-as-you-go and month-to-month plans to be introduced, offering more convenience and flexibility.

Portland, OR: With Portland’s prime biking season underway, BIKETOWN announced significant new changes to make it even more simple and affordable to explore the city by bike. Among the changes are new pricing options, a service area expansion and making it free for BIKETOWN annual members to lock at any public rack in the system.

“We are excited to expand to even more neighborhoods and introduce new pricing options that will be intuitive and budget-friendly for Portland residents and visitors alike,” said BIKETOWN General Manager Dorothy Mitchell. “These changes will make it even easier for people in Portland to enjoy the convenience and fun of bike share this summer.”

Starting June 1, BIKETOWN memberships will cost just $99 upfront for a full year of unlimited rides. A new pay-as-you-go plan will cost a one-time $5 sign-up fee and only $0.08 for each min after that. BIKETOWN is also introducing a new month-to-month plan of $19 each month for people who want to use BIKETOWN regularly without commiting to an annual membership.

These pricing changes come as the BIKETOWN service area’s eastern border expands to serve east side Portland neighborhoods along the 50s Bikeway including Grant Park, Creston-Kenilworth, Laurelhurst, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully, and Hollywood -- an area in which residents had been particularly calling for service.

The Community Cycling Center, which supports the Cully active transportation group Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC), was “overjoyed” for the expansion. “Adding the option of bike share near the Hacienda CDC community addresses barriers the ABC group has long identified, including start-up costs, storage, and maintenance,” said Jonnie Ling, Director of Programs and Enterprise at the Community Cycling Center.

Following a successful May pilot, BIKETOWN members on an annual plan will be allowed to lock a bike to any public bike rack in the entire service area for free. Additionally, approximately 22 city bike corrals in the expansion area will be designated as “Community Corrals,” which function like BIKETOWN stations as free places to lock up for pay-as-you-go and monthly riders.

New to the Pay as You Go plan is the option to check out up to four bikes on one account. Current BIKETOWN members will receive an email on June 1 with instructions for how they can upgrade their plan.

BIKETOWN previously cost $144 for an annual membership or $2.50 for a single ride with an additional $0.10/min for all rides over 90 minutes. All single ride members will automatically convert to members of the Pay as You Go plan (with the sign-up fee waived), while annual and group members can choose to stay on their existing plans. BIKETOWN for All members will continue to pay just $3/month and incur no additional fees.

Launching in July 2016, orange BIKETOWN bikes are now a key part of bicycling culture in Portland, the city with the highest bike commute rate among major U.S. cities. Over the last two years, BIKETOWN riders have logged over 617,000 trips and 1,250,000 miles. Survey data shows that 25% of trips are replacing auto trips among local residents, helping to reduce Portland’s congestion and carbon emissions.

 


ABOUT BIKETOWN:

BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system with 1,000 bikes available in every quadrant of the city. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s founding and title partner. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate. It uses innovative new “smart bikes” which make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins other Motivate operated US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, Boston and the Bay Area that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems. biketownpdx.com

ABOUT PBOT:

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.

ABOUT NIKE:

Nike believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with the brand. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs, including: the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari, BETRUE and five neighborhood designs resulting from the BIKETOWN Design Challenge.

ABOUT MOTIVATE:

Motivate is the largest bike share operator in North America, with systems in the densest urban centers including New York (Citi Bike), Chicago (Divvy), Boston (Hubway), Washington D.C (Capital Bikeshare) and the Bay Area (Ford GoBike). Motivate works alongside cities to provide efficient, equitable and safe systems using a full range of bike share solutions and best-in-class operations. As a vertically integrated company, Motivate is leading the design and deployment of the next generation of bike share technology. The company is led by a group of urban visionaries, creative leaders and technology innovators, revolutionizing the landscape and sustainability of cities and urban transit. Learn more at www.motivateco.com.

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