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Travel Advisory: National Weather Service warns of potential winter weather for Monday evening commute, icy Tuesday morning commute

It’s time to get Winter Ready, PDX!

(Feb. 4, 2019) The National Weather Service has notified the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) of the potential for accumulating snow of up to 1 inch to create slick road conditions for this evening's rush hour commute, from 4 to 7 p.m. The Service also advises the public to expect freezing temperatures to produce black ice Monday night, lasting into Tuesday morning commute hours.

PBOT advises the public to be aware of forecasts, use caution, delay your travel to avoid traveling during forecast snow or ice. Consider public transit, and check trimet.org/alertsand portlandstreetcar.org for service alerts before you go.

Temperatures are expected to freeze overnight on Tuesday night as well, potentially freezing any moisture on the roads at that time. Monday night may reach a low of 28 degrees in Portland, with wet streets that may freeze. Tuesday night lows may reach 20 to 25 degrees, but with less moisture on area roadways, so less chance of icy conditions on Wednesday morning.

In icy conditions, PBOT strongly advises delaying travel if possible. If people must travel, PBOT recommends taking public transit.

PBOT also reminds property owners, tenants and businesses that they are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow and ice. It is important that sidewalks are clear so that people who are walking to transit and people with disabilities can move about safely.

While the forecast is still unclear, there are some simple things all Portlanders can do to prepare themselves for winter weather.

  • Make a checklist for your home, business, and/or vehicle. Property owners, tenants and businesses should have supplies on hand, such as ice melt and snow shovels to clear sidewalks as well as pathways across their driveways. People driving should carry snow chains and an emergency kit.
  • Create an emergency plan with your family or work colleagues that emphasizes telecommuting, public transit and emergency meeting locations for your Monday morning commute. Check our Winter Weather Center to see the priority snow and ice routes nearest you.
  • Know your elevation, and the elevation of areas you are traveling to and through. Check the interactive elevation map in the "Elevation, Weather and Traffic" section of PBOT’s Winter Weather Center to see if your area is located at 500 feet or 1,000 above sea level. Use PortlandMaps.com to look up any address in Portland and find the approximate elevation.

 

Zoom in on your travel route, see areas at 500 feet or 1,000 feet or higher at the Winter Weather Center

Elevation Weather Traffic on Winter Weather Center

Use PortlandMaps.com to look up any address in Portland and find the approximate elevation

  • Stay informed.Sign up at Public Alerts for emergency notifications from all regional agencies via text, email or phone. Go to PBOT’s Winter Weather Center to track real-time weather, traffic, road closures and plow information. Sign up for PBOT alerts via text or email.

  • Never abandon your vehicle in a travel lane. If you choose to drive and your vehicle loses traction, pull over into a shoulder or legal parking space. You can call for a tow truck and remain with your vehicle. Or you can leave your vehicle legally parked and walk carefully to a public transit stop or other safe place. Any vehicle creating a safety hazard is subject to citation, tow and impound. The cost of a citation and tow for abandoned vehicles preventing free passage (blocking a travel lane) is $201. Additional costs to store a towed vehicle longer than four hours is $27 per day.

At this time forecasts are changing and variable. Please monitor the weather forecast for both your home, your travel destination and your route, as road conditions could vary throughout the city beginning Sunday evening.

thumbs up snow shovel

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: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow

PBOT’s Misson: In winter weather, our crews work around the clock on our designated snow and ice routes to make sure there is one passable lane in each direction as soon as possible after a winter storm. This means that front wheel drive vehicles or vehicles with traction devices such as snow chains will be able to get through.

News Blog: Design underway for SE 136th Avenue paving and sidewalks, PBOT's largest Fixing Our Streets project

SE 136th Avenue Paving and Sidewalks to Opportunity project will provide a smooth street and improve access for people walking and biking in East Portland

SE 136th before

SE 136th Avenue will be completely repaved and have sidewalks added where they currently do not exist as part of PBOT's largest Fixing Our Streets project. Photo by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Feb. 5, 2019) Portland's largest Fixing Our Streets project is focused on pavement rehabilitation on SE 136th Avenue between SE Division Street and SE Foster Road. This project combines $4 million of investments from Fixing Our Streets to repave SE 136th Avenue and is leveraging an additional $2.7 million of Transportation System Development Charges (TSDCs) to build new sidewalks and curb ramps along the corridor. The project will also include over 50 new street trees, stormwater and street lighting improvements, and new crosswalks to improve access to two transit lines serving SE 136th Avenue.

PBOT is also providing opportunities for residents to help shape the future of this street.  Residents will have the opportunity to have trees planted on their property and to provide input on the type of trees that are planted. We encourage property owners on the west side of SE 136th Avenue to tell us more about their frontage using our online form.

SE 136th Avenue is a primary Safe Routes to School route and a major city bikeway. The biking and walking enhancements on SE 136th Avenue will help connect families to new bicycle infrastructure on SE Division Street and SE Powell Boulevard. Children will be able to walk more safely to Gilbert Park and Gilbert Heights elementary schools located nearby SE 136th Avenue.

Other areas that will gain improved walking and biking access as a result of this project include: Powell Butte Nature Park, Gilbert Hydro Park, Gilbert Primary Park, Leach Botanical Garden, Zenger Farm, Lincoln Park, Lincoln Park Elementary School, Gates Park, Gilbert Heights Park, Kingsley D. Bundy Park, Arthur Academy and David Douglas High School. 

PBOT invites residents living on or near SE 136th Avenue and who are interested in this project to attend our community open house:

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019

6 - 8 p.m.

Gilbert Heights Elementary School

12839 SE Holgate Blvd.

Portland, OR 97236

For more information visit our project website at www.PortlandOregon.gov/Transportation/136th

Press Release: Here’s What You Need To Know About Winter Weather This Weekend

A message from the Office of Mayor Ted Wheeler

 

Here’s What You Need To Know About Winter Weather This Weekend 

(Feb. 8, 2019) The National Weather Service recently issued a Winter Storm Warning for the Portland metro area, with the potential for accumulating snow beginning Friday evening and continuing into Saturday. A second system with significant snow accumulation is expected to arrive Sunday night and will continue into the work week. Here’s what you need to know:

Winter weather resources to consider sharing through social media in the coming days:

SHELTER

Forecasts showing significant snow accumulation, as well as sub-freezing temperatures, mean severe weather shelters will again reopen in Multnomah County on Friday night, Feb. 8.

Severe weather shelters do not require identification or any other documentation.

No one seeking shelter during severe weather will be turned away — and more sites will open as needed. The Joint Office will continue to monitor forecasts and escalate the response to weather conditions as needed over the coming days. 

Go to 211info.org or call 211 for the latest information on which shelters are open, and when, and to coordinate transport for anyone who needs shelter but does not have a way to get there. Families with children should contact 211 directly to access and arrange transport as needed to severe weather shelters. 

DONATIONS

Urgently, service providers and the Joint Office are continuing their call for community donations of life-saving winter gear — particularly before this evening, when snow is expected to begin accumulating.

Because this season was mild up to this point, service providers say they haven’t been receiving their usual amount of donated supplies, which help outreach workers keep people warm and dry night after night.

Please visit 211info.org/donations to see a specific list of winter gear and where it can be dropped off. Providers also have an online shopping list to make donating more convenient, which means anyone can donate over the weekend, even if snow and ice have made roads difficult to traverse. Items ordered online can be delivered directly to JOIN, 1435 NE 81st Ave., Suite 100, Portland, OR, 97213.

JOIN is also taking donations in person at that address. Transition Projects, at 665 NW Hoyt in downtown Portland, is also accepting in-person donations 24/7 and will bundle and share those items with other providers as needed.

The following items are needed:

  • Thick socks
  • Waterproof/resistant gloves or mittens (preferably dark colors/black)
  • Waterproof/resistant winter coats (men’s and women’s sizes)
  • Sleeping bags and warm blankets
  • Waterproof/resistant hats (preferably dark colors/black)
  • Knit hats (preferably dark colors/black)
  • Tarps (preferably brown, dark colors)
  • Hand warmers
  • Rain ponchos

HELPING NEIGHBORS

If you see someone whose life appears to be in danger or is in an apparent medical crisis, please call 911.

Otherwise, if you see someone with whom you are concerned, such as not being dressed for the weather conditions, call 911. In this weather, not being properly dressed could be a life or death situation.

To help someone find shelter and arrange transportation to shelter, please call 211. You will need to speak with the person you're calling for to obtain their consent and spend a few minutes with them while 211 confirms a ride is on the way.

Multnomah County offers mental health crisis resources, at any hour, for anyone experiencing a crisis. Mental health clinicians can provide direct phone assistance to individuals experiencing a mental-health crisis including: escalated symptoms of agitation, anxiety, depression, psychosis, dangerous to self or others, substance use, etc. Call (503) 988-4888 or visit the Multnomah County Mental Health Crisis Intervention website for more information.

CURBSIDE COLLECTION OF GARBAGE, RECYCLING AND COMPOST ROLL CARTS

During severe winter weather, the collection of garbage, recycling and compost roll carts may be postponed for Portland's single-family homes and smallplexes up to 4 units. Portland's franchised garbage and recycling companies will prioritize curbside collection in the following order: 1) garbage, 2) recycling, 3) compost.  If there's snow or ice accumulation on collection day, please leave roll carts at the curb—your carts will be emptied when it is safe to do so. Garbage and recycling companies will make every effort to empty roll carts before the customer's next scheduled collection day. Visit www.garbagedayreminders.com to sign up for email reminders and service alerts.

CAMP CLEANUPS

The Homelessness and Urban Camping Impact Reduction Program teams are conducting welfare checks, assisting folks with any trash that needs to be removed, distributing clear plastic bags so people can keep their property dry, and distributing hand warmers. Posting and campsite cleanups have been suspended, and people experiencing homelessness are being urged to seek shelter.

PORTLAND PARKS & RECREATION

Portland Parks & Recreation will post any cancellations or other changes due to weather on the bureau’s Inclement Weather page, portlandoregon.gov/parks/weather.

PORTLAND BUREAU OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) is currently in “enhanced operations” and is actively monitoring the weather situation. PBEM is ready to activate Portland’s Emergency Coordination Center this weekend if necessary to support the weather response.

BUREAU OF EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION

The Portland Bureau of Emergency Communications is encouraging the public to call 911 if they see anyone unsheltered whose life appears to be in danger, is in an apparent medical crisis, or does not seem dressed for the weather conditions.

BUREAU OF ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES

Environmental Services operates the City of Portland’s Columbia Boulevard Wastewater Treatment Plant 24/7 year-round, regardless of weather. Staff are gearing up to manage additional volumes when the snow comes, and especially when it melts, and gets funneled through the City’s combined sewer and stormwater pipes for treatment. 

WATER BUREAU

Portland Water crews are on standby to respond to water mains that can burst in cold weather. If you see water running from streets or sidewalks, please call our 24-hour Emergency Line at 503-823-4874. It’s also important that you take steps to protect your home plumbing from the freezing temperatures. Get information on how to safeguard your home plumbing and what to do if pipes freeze by visiting the Portland Water winter prep website at www.portlandoregon.gov/water/winterprep.

The cold weather has prompted the City to turn off the Benson Bubbler drinking fountains due to the cold and wind. When the two elements combine, they can create a hazardous icy patch around the bubblers. Three Bubblers will be left on for use by those depending on them as a drinking water source. A list of the active Bubblers is available at the website www.portlandoregon.gov/water/bensonbubblers.

PORTLAND BUREAU OF TRANSPORTATION

PBOT's Maintenance Operations has gone into Incident Command System (ICS) mode. We are treating all anti-icing routes. We are watching the forecast and will adjust our response accordingly, including plowing and salting city streets. 

PBOT advises the public to be aware of forecasts, use caution, delay your travel to avoid traveling during forecast snow or ice. Consider public transit, and check trimet.org/alerts and portlandstreetcar.org for service alerts before you go. 

Property owners, tenants, and businesses are responsible for clearing sidewalks of snow and ice. It is important that sidewalks are clear so that people who are walking to transit and people with disabilities can move about safely. 

In icy conditions, PBOT strongly advises delaying travel if possible. If people must travel, PBOT recommends taking public transit. 

  • Make a checklist for your home, business, and/or vehicle. Property owners, tenants, and businesses should have supplies on hand such as ice melt and snow shovels to clear sidewalks as well as pathways across their driveways. People driving should carry snow chains and an emergency kit. 
  • Create an emergency plan with your family or work colleagues that emphasizes telecommuting, public transit, and emergency meeting locations for your Monday morning commute. Check our Winter Weather Center to see the priority snow and ice routes nearest you. 
  • Know your elevation, and the elevation of areas you are traveling to and through. Check the interactive elevation map in the "Elevation, Weather, and Traffic" section of PBOT’s Winter Weather Center to see if your area is located at 500 feet or 1,000 above sea level. Use PortlandMaps.com to look up any address in Portland and find the approximate elevation. 

PBOT works to keep vital transit lines and emergency routes open in winter weather. These priority snow and ice routes are the most critical for our city’s police and fire stations, hospitals, schools, frequent bus routes, the downtown core, and major business districts -- about a third of our entire street grid. PBOT’s mission is to provide at least one passable lane in each direction on these priority routes so that vehicles with front-wheel drive or traction devices can get through. In a major snowfall, it can take our crews up to 12 hours to cover these priority routes once.  

Please give PBOT crews time and space to do their work in winter weather. Our crews drive equipment in low visibility and extreme weather. DO NOT cut in front of them or try and pass them at any time. Even if they are going slow, you will find the road much clearer and safer behind a snowplow than in front! 

Don’t assume you know what their job is. Our crews perform multiple jobs with their trucks, not just plowing. If you see a truck with its plow up, they may be travelling between points on their route, refueling, responding to an emergency or otherwise doing tasks to keep the city moving during winter weather. Watch PBOT’s video about safety around snowplows here: https://youtu.be/czMfzgnapBY  

  • Stay informed. Sign up for PBOT alerts via text or email. Go to PBOT’s Winter Weather Center to track real-time weather, traffic, road closures, and plow information. Sign up at Public Alerts for emergency notifications from all regional agencies via text, email, or phone.  
  • Never abandon your vehicle in a travel lane. If you choose to drive and your vehicle loses traction, pull over into a shoulder or legal parking space. You can call for a tow truck and remain with your vehicle. Or you can leave your vehicle legally parked and walk carefully to a public transit stop or other safe place. Any vehicle creating a safety hazard is subject to citation, tow, and impound. The cost of a citation and tow for abandoned vehicles preventing free passage (blocking a travel lane) is $201. Additional costs to store a towed vehicle longer than four hours is $27 per day.

 

FIRE & RESCUE

Portland Fire & Rescue’s Emergency Operations Division is ready to respond to emergencies with the expectation that road conditions will be hazardous. Fire engines and trucks are equipped with traction devices and will be constantly monitoring road conditions in their response areas. Firefighters are also being asked to monitor their response areas for individuals vulnerable to the expected severe weather and coordinate transport for those individuals to a shelter. PF&R will also have community outreach teams who are ready to respond help with finding these vulnerable individuals and will be used at the discretion of the Bureau of Emergency management. 

We are asking the public to join us. If you see people out on the streets or in a park or anywhere that needs help let us know use the non-emergency line, use 211, use 911. If they look like they are not prepared for the coming weather let us know. If the threat looks immediate, call 911. This could be a matter of life or death. 

PORTLAND POLICE BUREAU

Portland Police Officers will be out responding to 911 calls, which may include individuals needing transport to shelters, crashes, and road closures as well as emergencies. We are asking drivers to be aware of and obey all road closures. PPB will continue working with City partners to coordinate responses to the inclement weather in the coming days.  


 

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Travel Advisory: PBOT advises the public of potential for snow across Portland, possible flooding along Johnson Creek

Child at sand bag location

A PBOT sandbag site at SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street. The bureau has three sandbag locations across the city, available at no charge, to help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency.

(Feb. 11, 2019) The National Weather Service has notified the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) of the potential for accumulating snow of a trace or up to 2 inches at low elevation areas, beginning after midnight tonight through 5 a.m. Tuesday morning. Areas at 500 feet or higher have the highest chance of snow and could have greater accumulation. Conditions will likely vary across the city.

If conditions do not produce snow, they could instead generate heavy rainfall that produces street flooding and potentially impacting the Johnson Creek area near Foster Road in Southeast Portland.

More winter weather, with the possibility of additional snow accumulation, is expected later this week.

PBOT advises the public to be aware of forecasts, use caution, delay your travel to avoid traveling during forecast snow or ice. Consider public transit, and check trimet.org/alerts and portlandstreetcar.org for service alerts before you go.

There is potential for flooding near Johnson Creek to impact travel on Johnson Creek Blvd. and Foster Road overnight tonight through Tuesday morning.

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 reached 5.5 feet, as of about noon today. When the guage reaches 11 feet it is considered flood stage, when the creek overtops its banks in some places.

As of Monday afternoon, the gauge is forecast to reach anywhere from 10 feet to more than 11 feet on Tuesday morning, and recede quickly. The flooding threat is expected to be reduced within a few hours. Monitor the website for the guage for the latest forecast: Bit.ly/JCreekgauge

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.

 

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.

 

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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: PBOT and the Gateway community celebrate beginning of a new transportation era

The Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project and multiple other transportation improvements to bring safety, accessibility to the neighborhood in the coming year

GABA representatives

From left to right: Gateway Area Business Association members Jason Nishikawa, Lisa Ortquist, Nidal Kahl, Omar Obeid and Calvin Hoff of Venture Portland celebrate the transportation improvements coming to the Gateway Regional Center. Photo by Sarah Petersen, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Fixing Our Streets Logo

(Feb. 21, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) Interim Director Chris Warner, along with members of the Gateway Regional Center community, gathered today to celebrate the start of an area-wide series of transportation projects that will transform the neighborhood in the coming year. 

You can already see progress on NE Halsey Boulevard and NE Weidler Street, where the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project is underway. This project focuses on providing safer crossings and a more comfortable experience for pedestrians at key intersections throughout the business corridor. This is done by extending the curb, marking new crosswalks, adding rapid flashing beacons, and providing better lighting. This project also upgrades the experience of people biking along Halsey and Weidler, adding new parking-protected bike lanes that are separated from vehicle travel lanes. It will also provide more on-street parking.

The Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project is bookended by special features that will create opportunities in the neighborhood for community placemaking. The first of these features is a “festival street” on NE 103rd Avenue between NE Halsey and Clackamas streets. The second is a public plaza in the area known as the East Entry Triangle, bordered by NE 112th Avenue, Halsey and Weidler. Further enhancements include new streetlights with their own unique design, as well as wider sidewalk space to allow for more trash cans, benches, bicycle racks, and other street furniture.

Halsey-Weidler 103rd Avenue Festival Street Rendering

The $5.5 million streetscape project is funded by PBOT’s Fixing Our Streets program, Prosper Portland, Transportation System Development Charges, and the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services’ “% for Green” program.

“We’re at the beginning of some major transportation transformations in the Gateway area and there is a lot to look forward to,” said PBOT Interim Director Chris Warner. “The improvements coming to the neighborhood will make it easier for everyone to safely walk, bike, drive and take transit to local businesses, parks and schools.”

“The new streetscape is yet another win for East Portland and Gateway,” said Nidal Kahl, President of the Gateway Area Business Association. “After 5 years of collaboration between community and business leaders with all the city bureaus, Gateway takes another giant leap towards growth, positioned for economic development that drives Portland's reputation for unique, local eco-friendly enterprises. This new investment from the city and Prosper Portland will improve livability and help us welcome new neighbors and new business with a visual message of improvement in the oldest and largest business district in Oregon.”

GABA President Nidal Kahl

Gateway Area Business Association President Nidal Kahl speaks at the Halsey-Weidler celebration. Photo by Sarah Petersen, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

There are numerous transportation projects beyond the Halsey Weidler corridor slated to begin construction in the Gateway area in the next year, such as:

In addition PBOT’s Sunday Parkways will return July 21 with a new 4.8 mile walking route in addition to the bicycling route.

Additional information about transportation projects coming to the Gateway neighborhood and East Portland can be found at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/east.