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Traffic Advisory: A smoother street coming to NE 121st Place from NE Skidmore Street to NE Sandy Boulevard starting today

(May 29, 2019) – Street improvements begin today on NE 121st Place from NE Skidmore Street to NE Sandy Blvd. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will work on the street for six business days from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. with periodic lane closures during that time.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave .74 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: PBOT to reduce speed limit on NE Marine Drive high crash corridor, between NE 33rd Drive and the city limits at NE 185th Drive

Westbound safety cameras near NE 138th Avenue to issue warnings for two weeks

(May 29, 2019) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will reduce the speed limit on an 8.5-mile stretch of Northeast Marine Drive, between NE 33rd Drive to NE 185th Drive, at the city limits, starting Thursday morning, May 30, from 45 mph to 40 mph.

PBOT won state approval for the change, as part of the City's Vision Zero effort to eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries, on May 15.

Vision Zero Portland logoThere were 189 total crashes, including 4 fatalities and 144 injuries, on this segment of Marine Drive, where the speed limit will be reduced, from 2012 to 2016, the most recent five-year period for which data are available. Since January 2017, six more fatalities have occurred along this segment.

The Speed Safety Camera on westbound NE Marine Drive, which was installed in February 2018, will issue warnings starting Thursday morning for two weeks. Citations will resume June 13.

The goal of the Speed Safety Camera program is to reduce speeding and save lives. Marine Drive is one of 30 streets that comprise Portland's High Crash Network. The roads in this network make up just 8 percent of Portland streets, but account for 57 percent of fatal crashes citywide.

The fixed speed safety cameras are located in two locations on the corridor – westbound near NE 138th Avenue and eastbound near NE 33rd Avenue. The speed limit is not changing near the NE 33rd Avenue cameras, so enforcement there will not be affected.

The change east of NE 33rd Drive comes after PBOT reduced the speed limit west of NE 33rd Drive in September 2018 from 40 mph to 35 mph.

In addition to the new speed limit, PBOT is delivering a variety of safety projects on Marine Drive including several in East Portland. Slated for construction starting summer 2019 on Marine Drive:

  • New traffic signal at NE 122nd
  • Gaps filled in multiuse path (NE 112th to NE 185th)
  • Rapid flashing beacons (NE 112th and NE 138th)
  • Buffered bike lanes (NE 112th to NE 122nd)

Shoulder and centerline rumble strips (NE 33rd to NE 185th) are also planned. On Marine Drive, 19 percent of crashes are lane departure crashes where a person drives out of their travel lane. On average, centerline rumble strips reduce all crash types by 9 percent and head-on or sideswipe crashes (which are often serious) by 44 percent. On average, shoulder rumble strips reduce crashes by 36 percent.

The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero – the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many. Vision Zero prevents traffic deaths through smart policy and system design. Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.

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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 Blog: $6M project brings new neighborhood greenway, pedestrian signals, sidewalks and curb ramps to East Portland and SE Division

Soon you’ll be able to bike between nine different schools and five parks on the new 130’s Neighborhood Greenway

(June 4, 2019) Construction is underway on the East Portland Active Transportation to Transit Project (EPAT)! We’re improving access to 19 TriMet bus stops along the SE Division Street corridor from SE 101st to SE 143rd avenues by infilling missing sidewalk, constructing new ADA-accessible driveways and corner ramps, and adding three new signalized pedestrian crossings across SE Division Street. But don’t let the name fool you! The project is also improving safety and access for pedestrians and cyclists on multiple streets in East Portland.

NE Glisan at 128th

In addition to making it easier to get to and from your bus stop, EPAT is also constructing the 130’s Neighborhood Greenway, a 5-mile north-south neighborhood greenway between the Springwater Corridor and the I-84 multi-use path. It’s also installing a protected bikeway on NE Glisan Street from NE 122nd to NE 148th avenues– a total of 1.3 miles of protected bikeway along this high crash corridor!  This section of protected bikeway will merge with the other safety improvements coming to NE Glisan as part of the East Glisan Street Update.

EPAT 130's NG

 Construction is expected to continue through this summer and be complete sometime this fall. In the meantime, here’s a few more numbers to get you excited about the future of these streets:

  • Over half a mile of new sidewalks on the north and south sides of SE Division between SE 101st and SE 143rd avenues.
  • 41 new ADA accessible ramps
  • 5 miles of the new 130’s Neighborhood Greenway
  • 206 white posts for clear separation of people driving and biking
  • 9 schools connected along the 130’s Neighborhood Greenway
  • 5 parks connected along the 130’s Neighborhood Greenway
  • 3 new pedestrian signals on SE Division Street and 1 new pedestrian signal on NE Glisan Street
  • 1 full traffic signal rebuild at SE 130th Avenue and Stark Street

This $6.2 million project is made possible by Metro’s regional flexible funding program, PBOT Transportation System Development Charges and PBOT’s share of the state gas tax. Learn more about the East Portland Active Transportation to Transit at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/EPAT.

News Release: Fixing Our Streets to deliver over 3000 feet of new sidewalks in East Portland

(June 6, 2019) PBOT's Fixing Our Streets program broke ground on a major new sidewalk project in East Portland today. The $1.7 million project will build over 3000 feet of new sidewalk (the equivalent of 15 downtown city blocks) on the east side of NE 148th from NE Halsey Street to NE Glisan Street.

NE 148th Street Infill

The project will fill existing gaps in the sidewalk, creating a contiguous sidewalk along this important street. Nine corner ramps and fifteen driveways will also be updated during construction to bring them up to current ADA standards. Thanks to the Fixing Our Streets funding, Portlanders will have an easier and safer time reaching Halsey HydroPark, Glenfair Elementary and the TriMet bus stops on Halsey and Glisan. The project will be finished by winter 2019.

The NE 148th project is one of the final two sidewalk projects funded by Fixing Our Streets. The other project -- SW Capitol Highway from Multnomah Village to West Portland -- will start in the fall. 

By the end of 2019, Portlanders will enjoy 48 new blocks of sidewalks, thanks to Fixing Our Streets. 

PBOT has also used Fixing Our Streets to support more widely shared economic prosperity in Portland. At the start of the program, the agency pledged that 30% of Fixing Our Streets contracts would be awarded to D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE firms. PBOT has already far exceeded this goal. To date, more than two-thirds—68%—of Fixing Our Streets low-bid contracts have gone to D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE firms. Interlaken, the construction firm responsible for the NE 148th project, is a D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE certified firm.

Fixing Our Streets Banner

Last year, Fixing Our Streets funded projects that closed critical sidewalk gaps in other parts of East Portland, including along SE Flavel Street, NE 102nd Avenue and SE 112th Avenue. By closing the gaps between existing sidewalks, the projects created a full 2.25 miles of streets in East Portland with complete sidewalks on both sides on the street. The result is safer access for neighborhood residents to schools, public transit and work. 

  • On NE 102nd, the new sidewalks provide a much-needed safety improvement. 102nd Avenue is one of the most dangerous streets in Portland for pedestrians. PBOT’s Vision Zero Action plan ranks it in among the top 20 streets where pedestrians are killed or injured.  The sidewalk provides a seamless walking route between Prescott Elementary and the Gateway Transit Center. 
  • On SE 112th, the new sidewalks improve walking connections along a large north-south corridor and connect destinations like Kelly Butte Natural Area, Floyd Light Middle School and Mall 205. 
  • On SE Flavel, new sidewalks make it safer to walk to the MAX Green Line, the I-205 Multiuse Path, the Springwater Corridor as well as shops and restaurants on 82nd Avenue. 

All three projects were identified in the East Portland in Motion plan as having strong community support but remained unfunded until voters approved Measure 26-173, which created the Fixing Our Streets Program.

Before and After images of new sidewalks on SE Flavel

The voter-approved Fixing Our Streets Program has built sidewalks on busy streets, improving access to bus stops like this one on SE Flavel Street in the Lents neighborhood. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

 

The Fixing Our Streets program, paid for by a local gas tax approved by Portland voters in May 2016 and a heavy vehicle use tax, is Portland’s first local funding source for transportation. Fixing Our Streets is invested in street maintenance and safety improvements. The City Council ordinance included a project list that shows specific projects that are intended to be funded. The list of projects can be found at www.fixingourstreets.com

VIDEO: See how crews install ADA corner ramps that make our new sidewalk projects more accessible for everyone

Video of PBOT crews installing ADA Curb Ramps and Corners

Traffic Advisory: A smoother street coming to NE Riverside Way from NE 21st Avenue to NE 33rd Drive starting today

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.7 lane miles of pavement.

(June 6, 2019) – Street improvements begin today on NE Riverside Way from NE 21st Avenue to NE 33rd Drive. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will work on the street for eight business days (and possibly weekends) from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. with periodic lane closures during that time.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.7 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.