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Traffic Advisory: Fixing Our Streets base repair project on SE 17th Ave completed five days ahead of schedule

This is the 135th Fixing Our Streets base repair project completed in 2018.

before and after SE 17th base repair

Before, during and after: Portland Bureau of Transportation crews replaced the asphalt bus pad on SE 17th Avenue with concrete for a more durable surface. Photos by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

UPDATE: (Dec. 7, 2018) PBOT crews reopened the roadway this morning - a full five days ahead of schedule. Crews excavated 204 cubic yards of failed asphalt and replaced the road base with 98 cubic yards of compacted rock, poured 28 yards of concrete for the new bus pad, placed 98 tons of asphalt for a new road surface of 8” and restriped the street. Thank you to the community for your patience as we work to fix our streets.

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(Nov. 29, 2018) The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements on SE 17th Avenue between SE Tacoma and SE Spokane will close the northbound lane of SE 17th Ave from December 2 through December 12, during all hours and all days.

The lane closures will allow crews to replace the asphalt bus pad with concrete for a more durable surface. In addition, crews will repair other failures to the roads surface while the concrete is allowed time to cure. The base repair work is funded by Fixing Our Streets. This is the 135th Fixing Our Streets base repair project completed in 2018.

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.Parking and traffic restrictions will be in place for the duration of this project. SE 17th Ave northbound from SE Tacoma to SE Spokane will be closed for the duration of this project to allow crews to perform their work in a safe and efficient manner and allow the concrete to cure to the appropriate strength. Northbound travelers should follow detour signage to SE 13th Ave or SE McLoughlin Blvd.

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

Traffic Advisory: Night closures this weekend on SE Foster Road from SE 82nd Avenue to SE 92nd Avenue for water system relocation work

Closures from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

(Dec. 7, 2018) The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SE Foster Road will undergo night closures from SE 82nd Avenue to SE 92nd Avenue for water system relocation work by the Portland Water Bureau from 8 p.m. through 6 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights.

During the closure, westbound traffic on SE Foster Road will be detoured at SE 92nd Avenue to SE Holgate Boulevard to SE 82nd Avenue and back to SE Foster. Eastbound traffic on SE Foster will be detoured to SE 82nd Ave to SE Woodstock Boulevard and back to SE Foster. Westbound TriMet bus number 14 will detour to SE 92nd Ave to SE Ellis Street and eastbound to SE 82nd Ave to SE Woodstock.

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 Blog: How should we fix 122nd Avenue? PBOT survey asks Portlanders to weigh in

122nd Ave collage

Current conditions on 122nd Avenue. Photos by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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(Dec. 14, 2018) Anyone who has traveled on 122nd Avenue will tell you that it can make getting from place to place difficult and stressful. Most of the street is five lanes. The on-street parking and narrow bike lanes drop off to become turn lanes at the street’s major intersection. The sidewalks are often narrow and substandard. Most of the crosswalks need to be updated. Buses can be slow, delayed in traffic and late. In short, it’s time to fix 122nd Avenue.


The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is developing a plan to make 122nd Avenue better. With the help of the public, PBOT is identifying projects to be built in 2020. Potential changes include safety improvements, more lighting, crossings, improved bike lanes, bus lanes, signal changes and more to help meet our safety and accessibility goals. A portion of the funding for 122nd Avenue comes from Fixing Our Streets, which will provide $2M for the design and construction of safety and access improvements focused on the following goals:

  • Increase safety for all, improve pedestrian & bicycle access and support better transit while balancing needs of freight & other modes. 
  • Identify improvements to help eliminate serious injuries and fatalities and remove 122nd Ave from the High Crash Corridor network. 

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Potential future street designs for 122nd Avenue. Courtesy of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

In hopes of gathering input from as many people as possible, the bureau has published an online survey for people to provide their feedback. This survey asks the same questions posed at a recent open house and other recent in-person meetings. The project team will combine the online and paper survey results. The online survey is open through Jan. 6, 2019.

Survey takers will be asked to give feedback on street design options for further study, locations and priorities for enhanced crosswalks and near-term improvements for construction in 2020. The survey is available in 6 languages: English, Español (Spanish), Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese), русский (Russian), Soomaali (Somali) and lea faka-Tonga (Tongan). Click here to take the survey and tell us what you think needs to be done to make 122nd Avenue safer for all.

Learn more about the plan at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/122ndAve

Click here to sign up for email updates about 122nd Avenue.

 

About the Fixing Our Streets Program

The Fixing Our Streets program is the result of the passage of Measure 26-173, a 10-cent tax on motor vehicle fuels and Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to street repair and traffic safety projects. Passed on May 17, 2016, Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years. PBOT will invest 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. The Portland City Council also unanimously passed a Heavy Vehicle Use Tax, for vehicles weighing more than 26,000 pounds, which will also fund the Fixing Our Streets program.

PBOT Travel Advisory: Heavy rains Monday night through Tuesday may lead to road hazards, street flooding

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(Dec. 17, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) warns the traveling public to be prepared for heavy rain that could create hazardous traveling conditions tonight and Tuesday. The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a wind advisory for the Portland area from 6 p.m. Monday through 8 a.m. Tuesday with southerly 25 to 40 mph wind with gusts up to 45 mph. Higher gusts up to 55 mph are likely for exposed terrain such as the West Hills and Mount Scott. In addition, NWS has issued a flood watch from late Monday night into Wednesday afternoon, with 1.5 to 3 inches of rain expected in the Portland area.

The heaviest rain is expected Tuesday morning between 4 and 10 a.m., when up to 1 inch could fall in a two-hour period, enough to cause significant urban flooding.

PBOT asks the traveling public, residents and businesses to take steps to reduce hazards associated with these conditions. The best way to prevent streets from flooding is for everyone to help keep Portland's 58,000 storm drains clear before a storm arrives. Use a rake, shovel or broom and clear by standing in the sidewalk, not the street. Be aware of passing vehicles and check the drain again during and after a storm. It's also a good idea to clear inlets that lead stormwater to the green street planters in city streets. See more tips at www.portlandoregon.gov/stormdrains.

Heavy rain over a short period of time, in the range of 1 inch of rain in three-to-six hours, could overwhelm the city’s stormwater system and cause flooding, even in areas with clear storm drains. The Weather Service has compared the coming rainstorms to the events of Halloween 2015 and December 2015, when widespread urban flooding occurred in Portland. Heavy rain also can also vary significantly from one neighborhood to another within the city, so expect varying conditions throughout the city and the metropolitan area.

For weeks, PBOT's street sweeping and Leaf Day service have cleared leaves and other debris in preparation for fall and winter rainstorms. On Monday, PBOT crews cleared large storm drains in the West Hills that have a history of flooding and restocked sandbag three locations available to the public. PBOT will have extra crews working overnight and before dawn Tuesday, available to clear clogged storm drains, and to place road-closed barricades.

All travelers should be alert, regardless of how they are moving throughout the city:

  • When driving, go slowly. Use extra care and look for people walking or biking. Adjust your speed to the road conditions and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. If a storm knocks out power to traffic signals, treat intersections like an all-way stop and proceed with caution. The driver who stops first has the right of way to go first. 
  • Do not drive through standing water or around barricades on flooded streets. Turn around safely. The wake from your vehicle can cause public and private property damage and flood houses and businesses. Barricades sometimes mark hazards that are not visible in the immediate area, but may be located hundreds of feet away, in order to direct traffic to alternate routes. Areas with standing water could have displaced manhole covers, leaving a 3-foot wide manhole uncovered and exposed, creating a hazard for anyone traveling in the area.
  • When biking, allow plenty of stopping distance and avoid road surfaces that are steel, painted or covered in leaves or water. Remember that puddles can disguise potholes.
  • When walking, always cross at a crosswalk or at the corner. Look for oncoming vehicles before stepping down from the sidewalk and crossing the street. If possible, establish eye contact with drivers and continue looking left-right-left while crossing. Remember that oncoming vehicles may approach more quickly than anticipated and may have difficulty stopping at an intersection in rainy conditions.
  • When taking public transit, check for service alerts before you go at trimet.org/alerts and portlandstreetcar.org 

See more travel tips on PBOT's website: http://bit.ly/rainytravel

PBOT crews are prepared to close streets and may set up detour routes for closures of long duration.

Residents are advised to notify PBOT of debris, mud, rocks, trees or branches blocking a street by calling our 24/7 maintenance dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700 or by email at pdxroads@portlandoregon.gov Property owners should keep sidewalks clear of small debris.

During a severe weather event, many people may report the same incident. Residents may find it more convenient to report using the PDX Reporter website at www.pdxreporter.org. To report standing water on a roadway, use the category Plugged Storm Drain/Inlet. To report rock or mudslides or other debris blocking a travel lane, use the Debris in Roadway category. We strongly encourage the public to submit photos with their service requests, because that helps PBOT crews assess changing conditions as they respond to reports.

Heavy rain can increase the risk of landslides, especially in steep areas in Northwest and Southwest Portland where slides have occurred in the past. Learn more about how to prevent or report landslides and review guidance for property owners.

Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) will continue to monitor the Sycamore gauge for Johnson Creek water levels. See the gauge at http://bit.ly/2ewbCdK. Bank full is 10 feet; flood stage is 11 feet. Because of BES restoration in the Foster Floodplain Natural Area, the risk to the Lents area is reduced and it takes about 13 feet for that area to be affected. But other areas along the creek may still experience flooding at 11 feet.

The last observed level was about 1.89 feet (12:30 p.m. on Dec. 17), and it is predicted to reach 11.33 feet by 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 18. So, there is a possibility that Johnson Creek may have minor flooding, which could affect buildings and roads.

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 confirmed Monday that the sites are stocked with sand and sand bags. No shovels are provided, so the public must bring their own. Locations are:

  • SE 88th Avenue just south of SE 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 eastside of SE 88th Avenue;
  • 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.

If travelers encounter downed utility wires or power lines in the Portland area, they should call 911. Never touch a downed power line. In fact, do not even get close. Even if a power line is not sparking, it could still be energized. Remember that water and electricity do not mix. Never try to free lines or to remove tree limbs from lines by yourself.

In addition, to report power outages or downed lines, contact PGE at 503-464-7777 or Pacific Power at 877-508-5088. To report traffic signals out, call PBOT's 24/7 dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700. Please dial 911 for emergencies only.

The City recommends Portlanders monitor conditions where they are planning to travel, watch the forecast, and use www.PublicAlerts.org as their source for emergency updates. The site provides links to street closures, highway road conditions, transit schedules and service alerts, and other emergency information.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

 

News Release: SmartPark garages closed on Christmas Day

On-street parking will be free at parking meters on Christmas Day.

(Dec. 20, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises people driving to Downtown Portland for the Christmas holiday that all SmartPark garages will close at 11 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24, for Christmas Day and will re-open at 12 a.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26. On-street parking will be free at parking meters on Christmas Day.

SmartPark garages will re-open on Wednesday according to the following schedule and then will operate according to regular business hours:

SmartPark Garage Opening Times

  • 3rd & Alder - SW 3rd Avenue & Alder Street - 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26
  • 4th & Yamhill - SW 4th Avenue & Yamhill Street - 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26
  • 10th & Yamhill - SW 10th Avenue & Yamhill Street - 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26
  • 1st & Jefferson - SW 1st Avenue & Jefferson Street - 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26
  • Naito & Davis - NW Naito Parkway & Davis Street - 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 26
  • O’Bryant Square - 808 SW Stark Street - Closed temporarily

New Year’s Holiday
All SmartPark Garages will be open for regular business hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day. On-street parking will be free at the meters on New Year’s Day.

The six Portland Bureau of Transportation SmartPark parking garages include nearly 4,000 public parking spaces and serve shoppers, business clients and visitors to Downtown Portland. Contact Central Parking at (503) 790-9302 for questions related to SmartPark garage operating hours and rates or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark.

Click here for information about parking at a meter in Portland.

Traveling by public transit? Get step-by-step directions using TriMet's Trip Planner.

Planning to walk or bike downtown? For walking and biking maps of Portland's Central City and beyond, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/maps and click here for a map of on-street bicycle corrals in Portland.