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News Release: NE 47th Avenue, one of Portland’s most deteriorated streets, is getting an upgrade

The improvements are the result of a partnership between PBOT, Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Water Bureau, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and adjacent property owners.

(Nov. 5, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has started work on the NE 47th Avenue Phase 1 Local Improvement District (LID) from north of Columbia Boulevard to south of Cornfoot Road.This is one of Portland’s most deteriorated road segments in the city. PBOT-contracted crews will completely reconstruct the road and add multiuse paths on both sides of the street for pedestrians and people biking. PBOT has partnered with Portland Parks & Recreation, the Portland Water Bureau, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and adjacent property owners, to make this project a reality.

Previous condition photo of NE 47th AveAccording to PBOT’s Pavement Condition Index, segments of NE 47th Avenue are in “very poor condition” with some parts of the road in the city’s bottom 1%. This is also a priority trucking route, a busy thoroughfare that sees high traffic volume and speeds. These factors, combined with the lack of physical separation of the road from pedestrians and bicyclists, makes it unsafe for everyone.

This road is also a key access point for Portland’s Whitaker Ponds Nature Park, an educational site that provides nature-based recreation. Currently, pedestrians trying to access Whitaker must make an uncomfortable, risky journey from TriMet’s frequent service line 75, and must share the fog line with large trucks delivering goods to the region, including the nearby new U.S. Postal Service facility and the Columbia Corridor industrial area. NE 47th Avenue needed a makeover, which is why Portland City Council approved formation of this LID.

In addition to repaving and multiuse paths, the NE 47th Avenue LID will extend stormwater and sanitary sewers to help protect the Columbia Slough. Taking advantage of the road being torn up, crews will also replace the century-old cast-iron water main with a new ductile iron water main to meet current engineering standards. Contractors will install new street lighting, and rapid-flashing beacons at the southern edge of Whitaker Ponds Nature Park to help people safely cross NE 47th Avenue.

Sketch of 47th Ave improvements

Sketch of 47th Ave improvements

In addition to all these physical safety improvements, this project will also fulfill PBOT’s equity objectives by investing directly in underserved communities. The Cully neighborhood is home to one of the most diverse communities in Portland. Cully not only has less road, sidewalk, and stormwater infrastructure than your average Portland neighborhood, they also have more households in poverty, and more youth. The NE 47th Avenue LID, among other projects, is a push by PBOT to increase safety, provide more access, and more travel options for everyone in this vibrant neighborhood.

“I have worked near NE 47th for 25 years. I have seen the struggle of people walking from my office at the far north end to try to catch the bus at the far south end,” said Mark Hatten, one of the property owners funding this project. “I'm really looking forward to the bike lanes, the new sidewalks, and the bioswale green spaces, it will be so worth it. It will make such an improvement to the neighborhood... Visually it will be more pleasing, there will be more green space, no more parking junk cars along 47th. It's going to be great!”

“PBOT is excited to collaborate with other city bureaus and property owners to transform NE 47th Avenue,” said PBOT Director Chris Warner. “I am particularly proud that this work helps us fulfill our equity objectives, by making investments in the historically underserved Cully neighborhood as well as improving pedestrian safety and access to transit for all.”

“Portland Parks & Recreation is proud to work alongside other city partners to provide safer access to Whitaker Ponds Nature Park with new sidewalks and designated bike lanes,” said Portland Parks & Recreation Director Adena Long. “We are excited to see the project moving forward as Portland works together to increase safety.”

“We are pleased to collaborate to get essential underground infrastructure built all at once. That maximizes the efficiency of sewer and stormwater installations while minimizing the need for future disruptions to the road,” said Dawn Uchiyama, Environmental Services’ deputy director. “Plus, above ground, we are excited to install more than 20 green street planters, or bioswales, to filter and clean stormwater naturally.”

As part of this work, the Portland Water Bureau will move more than 2,000 feet of water main (pipe) and three existing hydrants for this project, install four new hydrants, and conduct work on water service lines under the proposed stormwater planters

“It’s easy to overlook the work that goes on underground simply because it’s out of sight. But this project highlights the important role each bureau plays in sustaining and improving livability for our Portland communities,” said Water Bureau Director Michael Stuhr. “Our water keeps Portland green, clean and hydrated. We also keep you safe by maintaining the hydrants our firefighters use in emergencies.”

The NE 47th Avenue LID’s total budget is $7.7 million, funded through PBOT System Development Charges ($4.2 million), the Local Improvement District funding from property owners ($165,571), as well as contributions from Portland Parks & Recreation ($1 million), the Bureau of Environmental Services ($1.4 million), and the Portland Water Bureau ($900,000).

Initial work is already underway and the entire NE 47th Avenue LID project should be completed by late summer, early fall 2020. During construction, we ask the public to travel with caution, observe all detours and directions provided by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes whenever possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE 

For more information please visit the project’s webpage.

PBOT News Release: Leaf Day returns Thursday Nov. 7, cleaning streets to prevent street flooding, road hazards

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(Nov. 6, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced today that Leaf Day service will return Thursday, Nov. 7, preventing street flooding in areas that account for the vast majority of leaves that fall on city streets.

The service continues, covering a few neighborhoods each day, seven days a week, through Dec. 20, with a break for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend Nov. 28 to 30. In the last two weeks, PBOT mailed more than 30,000 brochures to residents of the 52 leaf districts, reminding them how the service works and providing schedule information.

It's important for everyone who lives or works in a Leaf District to know how to prepare for Leaf Day:

  • Know your Leaf Day: Check our Leaf Day website, including Frequently Asked Questions. To verify what District you are in, and confirm your service dates, enter your address in our Leaf District Locator on the website.
  • Get prepared by raking your leaves and moving your vehicle off the street, or out of the district.
  • Don't get towed: If you park a car on the street in Northwest Portland, Goose Hollow or Sullivan's Gulch, your car may be towed on Leaf Day to clear the way for a clean sweep.

 

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 Leaf Day Interactive Map

Find your home or business:
View and zoom in on all Leaf Day districts, and find your Leaf Day, on our 
interactive Leaf Day map

 

For decades, the bureau has collected leaves and swept streets in designated Leaf Districts, locations that account for the vast majority of leaves that fall on city streets. In 2010, the bureau started charging a fee for the service to recover the city's costs during the Great Recession. The fee never covered the cost of the service, and was discontinued in 2018.

Leaf Day, leaf removal is funded through general transportation dollars, much like other services such as snow and ice removal, pothole repairs and roadside vegetation clean-up.

PBOT crews sweep all residential streets once a year, and in areas with the most street trees, their annual sweep is during their Leaf Day service. PBOT also sweeps the city's major arterial streets three to four times a year -- at night, when there is less traffic and fewer parked cars and other obstructions.

Leaves create slick hazards, clog storm drains

Portland's tree canopy covers a significant portion of the city. In autumn, wet fallen leaves can become very slick, creating potential hazards for people walking, biking, rolling or driving through tree-lined neighborhoods. Leaves can also clog storm drains and thus contribute to street flooding during heavy fall rains. To help address these hazards, city crews have been removing thousands of cubic yards of leaves from Portland streets for more than three decades.

For the most part, Leaf Day service will be the same as years past. Starting Nov. 7, PBOT crews will remove leaves in 52 leaf districts across the city. Residents in the leaf districts should move their cars and other obstacles from the street and limb their street trees to clear the way for large trucks prior to their Leaf Day service to facilitate a more effective clean-up.

Moving your vehicle is NOT OPTIONAL in the following Leaf Day districts, where residents have asked us for many years to tow vehicles because of the high number of cars parked on Leaf Day:

  • Northwest: Districts NW 2, NW 3, NW 4, NW 6, NW 7, NW 8 and NW 9
  • Southwest: Districts SW 1 and SW 2
  • Sullivan's Gulch in Northeast: District NE 14

Live in Northwest Portland, Sullivan's Gulch or Goose Hollow? Don't Get Towed!

Sign up for weekly email or text alerts that will remind you of upcoming Leaf Day service in tow districts

 

Questions?

Call our Leaf Line at (503) 865-LEAF (5323) between the hours of 9 AM - 5 PM, Monday through Friday. We're ready to help with clear answers and additional resources.

You can also email us at leafday@portlandoregon.gov 

Preguntas? Вопросы? câu hỏi? (503) 865-LEAF (5323)

Leaf Day

 

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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: Congressman Earl Blumenauer and Commissioner Chloe Eudaly break ground on the new Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over I-84

When completed in spring 2021, the Blumenauer Bridge will provide a vital link between two of Portland’s fastest growing neighborhoods.

Breaking ground on the Blumenauer Bridge

From left to right: Brad Maslin from the Central Eastside Industrial Council, PBOT Director Chris Warner, Wade Lange of Go Lloyd, Prosper Portland Commissioner Tavo Cruz, Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, and Congressman Earl Blumenauer break ground on the Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by Pierre Haou, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Nov. 7, 2019) Neighborhood advocates, community members, and officials with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), joined U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer and Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly today at NE Seventh Avenue and Flanders Street to break ground on the future Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge over I-84.

The new bridge will be 475-feet long and 24-feet wide, spanning over seven lanes of I-84 traffic, two active railroad lines, and Sullivan’s Gulch. The completed bridge will have a 10-foot wide pedestrian path and a 14-foot wide path for two-way bicycle traffic.

Originally called “Sullivan’s Crossing” during its design and development, the bridge was officially named the Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge by Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly in May 2019, to honor the Congressman’s steadfast, decades-long advocacy for cycling and pedestrian issues in Portland and across the country.

Congressman Blumenauer with a bike.

Congressman Earl Blumenauer at the groundbreaking event. Photo by Pierre Haou, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

A bike commuter since 1973, Congressman Blumenauer first began biking to work when he became a state legislator, riding regularly from his apartment in Salem to the Oregon State Capitol. As a member of the Portland City Council from 1987 to 1996, Rep. Blumenauer launched and provided critical leadership on many of the bike initiatives that are staples of Portland today. Among these are:

  • The Neighbor Ride Event (a precursor to Portland’s Sunday Parkways)
  • BikeFest on the Burnside Bridge (a precursor to Providence Bridge Pedal)
  • Bike to Work in the Rain Day (a precursor to the Worst Day of the Year Ride)
  • The Traffic and Transportation course at Portland State University, hosted by the Portland Bureau of Transportation
  • The Yellow Bike Program (a precursor to national bike-share programs such as Portland’s BIKETOWN)
  • School Zone Transportation Safety Projects and “Portland Kids on the Move” (a precursor to PBOT's Safe Routes to School program).

In 1996, under Blumenauer’s leadership, Portland adopted its first citywide Bike Plan which laid out a 20-year vision for 600 miles of bikeways across the city.

When he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1996, Rep. Blumenauer took Portland’s bike culture with him, cycling virtually every day to the U.S. Capitol. He also founded and co-chaired the Congressional Bike Caucus, which has had hundreds of members over the years, and helped promote cycling, having fun, and demonstrated the spirit of “bike-partisanship.” Most recently, Rep. Blumenauer introduced the Vision Zero Act of 2019. This legislation would allow communities to access federal transportation funding for designing and implementing Vision Zero programs that work to eliminate serious and fatal traffic injuries.

The Blumenauer Bridge will serve as a vital connection for pedestrians and people biking between two of Portland’s fastest growing neighborhoods—Lloyd and the Central Eastside—and beyond. In the future it will also serve as an important link in Portland’s Green Loop.

Blumenauer Bridge rendering

A rendering of the future Congressman Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by PBOT.

The bridge will be seismically resilient and serve as a backup route for emergency vehicles over I-84 in the event of an earthquake. In addition to the bridge, the project includes two new public plazas and landings on the north and south sides of the bridge.

“It is an honor of a lifetime to be associated with this bridge,” said Congressman Blumenauer. “I have long advocated for a safer connection for cyclists and pedestrians between the Lloyd and Central Eastside districts. This is a statement of Portland’s values and culture for us to celebrate and build on.”

“Congressman Blumenauer has worked tirelessly throughout his entire career to prioritize safe, sustainable transportation—I can’t think of anyone more deserving of this recognition,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “The Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge, while just one part of the congressman’s impressive and ever-growing legacy, will provide a much-needed safety improvement for bicyclists and pedestrians—it will serve our community for generations to come.”

“Portland’s leadership in economic development and transit planning is on full display today,” said Prosper Portland Board Chair Tavo Cruz. “We are building 21st-century infrastructure that will deliver a safe and sustainable mode of transportation, while ensuring access to clean, well-functioning transit options, and equitable opportunities to participate in its construction.”

“The Earl Blumenauer Bridge will be a vital link in Portland’s transportation network, offering a safe and convenient freeway crossing for people who bike or walk through Lloyd, and strengthening our neighborhood’s connection to the Central Eastside and the greater central city,” said Go Lloyd Board Chair Lisa Klein. “Go Lloyd is proud to have championed and helped fund this project, and we’re thrilled that construction is getting underway.”

Blumenauer Bridge Rendering

A rendering of the future north side plaza at the Congressmen Earl Blumenauer Bicycle and Pedestrian Bridge. Photo by PBOT.

During construction, the contractor will construct a bridge foundation on the south edge of Sullivan’s Gulch and two foundations on the north side. A temporary tower will be constructed between the I-84 freeway and railroad tracks to aid with erecting the bridge. The bridge itself will be assembled on NE Seventh Avenue at Flanders Street on the south side of the freeway. 

In August 2020, the bridge will be moved into place across the freeway and onto the temporary tower. This installation will require a full closure of I-84 in both directions for one weekend. Following this, crews will connect the bridge to the north landing. The bridge is scheduled to open in spring 2021. The bridge was designed by the Portland-based firm KPFF Consulting Engineers and the landing plazas were designed by ZGF Architects.

Funding for the project comes from the Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Area and from Transportation System Development Charges (TSDCs), which are fees paid by development to mitigate the impact of new users of the transportation system. Other funding sources include a commitment from the nonprofit transportation management association Go Lloyd and the Central Eastside Industrial Council. In January 2019, PBOT retained HP Civil Inc., an Oregon-based construction company, as general contractor for the project. The project includes 32% participation from Disadvantaged, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, Emerging Small Businesses, or Service Disabled Veterans Business Enterprises (D/M/W/ESB/SDVBE) including an equity partner, West Side Iron, a minority-owned Oregon business responsible for delivering and assembling the bridge structure. The estimated construction cost is $13.7 million.

News Release: Downtown SmartPark all-day rates to change on Nov. 18th

New rates to encourage more turnover in garages designed for short-term needs of downtown shoppers, visitors, and business clients. Short-term parking rates will remain the same.

(Nov. 8, 2019) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced that all-day rates in the five city-owned SmartPark garages will go up, starting Monday, Nov. 18. The rates will rise by two dollars a day, ranging from $16/day in the 10th and Yamhill garage to $20/day at the 1st and Jefferson garage. The change will only apply to customers who enter a garage between 5 a.m. and 4:59 p.m. and stay for more than four hours. Rates for people parking up to four hours will stay the same as will evening rates which begin at 5 p.m.

SmartPark garages provide important support for downtown Portland's business, commercial and cultural activity. They are designed to provide short-term parking for shoppers, tourists, and business clients. To ensure that these downtown visitors can easily find parking, PBOT aims for an 85% occupancy rate in each garage. Recently, occupancy rates in the five garages have all been over the 85% threshold with occupancy in the 1st and Jefferson garage approaching 100%. 

By raising the rates for long-term parking, but keeping them the same for short-term parking, PBOT hopes to increase the available spaces for people visiting, shopping and conducting business in downtown. Making more spaces available is particularly important in the coming weeks as the holiday shopping season kicks into high gear. 

SmartPark short-term rates are among the lowest in the Central City and the SmartPark garages are conveniently located near popular culinary, commercial and cultural destinations. 

PBOT encourages anyone who needs long term parking, particularly employees who work downtown, to look to private garages for their parking needs. 

The new rates were developed with input from key Central City stakeholders, including the Portland Business Alliance and the Downtown Retail Council. 

Here are the current and new rates in all five SmartPark garages.

SmartPark Garage                          Current Rate                      New Rate          

1st & Jefferson                                 $18/day                                $20/day

3rd & Alder                                       $16/day                                $18/day

4th & Yamhill                                     $16/day                               $18/day

10th & Yamhill                                   $14/day                               $16/day

Naito & Davis                                    $16/day                              $18/day

Contact Central Parking at (503) 790-9302 for questions related to SmartPark garage operating hours or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark

Traffic Advisory: Final paving work scheduled for Monday, Nov. 11 on N Denver Avenue from Lombard to Watts streets

The N Denver Avenue paving project is funded by Fixing Our Streets, the first local funding source in Portland’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs

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PBOT-contracted crews pave N Denver Avenue on a beautiful autumn day. Photo by PBOT.

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(Nov. 8, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises that crews contracted with PBOT will be paving the northbound lanes on N Denver Avenue between Lombard and Watts streets on Monday, Nov. 11 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. This is the final major paving work for this project.

Work will begin at 8 a.m. and will be completed by 3 p.m. Southbound traffic be will unaffected, while northbound traffic will follow the detour currently in place at N Interstate Avenue. Nearby residents can expect construction noise and people driving can expect delays on N Denver Avenue between the hours of 8 p.m. and 3 p.m. 

Residents on the east side of N Denver Avenue will be unable to access driveways during work hours. Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses as we work to wrap up this construction project.

For project updates on closures and detours: Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/denver to learn more and sign up for email or text updates.

Kenton neighborhood businesses are open during construction!

North Denver / Kenton businesses

Kenton businesses will be open during construction. Parking is available on side streets during the street closure. Thanks for supporting your local neighborhood businesses!

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


 

About Fixing Our Streets:

In May 2016, Portland voters put their trust in the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) when they approved Measure 26-173, a new 10-cent gas tax for fixing our streets and making them safer. This was the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to the city’s transportation needs. With these funds, PBOT has been working hard to deliver for Portland. Under the banner of Fixing Our Streets, PBOT manages every project funded by these taxes to maintain a safe and reliable transportation system for everyone.

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