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Final Fix-It Fair of the season on Saturday, Feb. 29

(Feb. 26, 2020) The final Fix-It Fair of the season is occurring on Saturday, Feb. 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St. As the weather gets nicer and the days get longer, there are more opportunities to walk, bike, and roll. Make sure that you’re prepared to take full advantage of the outdoors and leap into spring with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).  

Fix-It Fairs, hosted by the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, are all about connecting Portlanders with the free resources that are available within the community. Professional childcare and lunch will be available free of charge. 

Bike Repair duo

At 11 a.m., PBOT will host a class on All-season Bicycling and Bike Maintenance for Wet Weather. In this session, you’ll learn how to stay dry, comfortable, and safe on a bike throughout the year. There will also be a five minute tune-up station where you can learn how to put air in bike tires and other skills to keep your bike well-maintained.   

Bike Repair workshop

Have a bike in need of repair? From 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Bikes 4 Humanity will offer free bike repair with the Repair Café. Repair Cafés are a volunteer effort where you can learn more about how to fix your items, from bikes to socks to toasters and more.

Bling Your Thing

Stay visible with retro-reflective stickers

Be sure to Bling Your Thing at PBOT’s Winter Travel One-Stop Shop during the Fix-It Fair. There will be free reflective stickers that you can use to make yourself more visible. You can apply them to strollers, backpacks, bikes, walkers, and outerwear, among other things. Be sure to stop by the photobooth to get a picture with your new reflective sticker! 

Get directions, please register online now

As we approach spring, make sure that you’re ready to enjoy the great outdoors by walking, biking, and rolling. Get prepared at the Fix-It Fair by participating in the bike maintenance classes and picking up some retro-reflective stickers so that you're more visible. 

Please register ahead here to make sure that we have the right amount of supplies.

For a complete schedule of events, visit the Fix-It Fair website.   

Getting to Floyd Light Middle School, 10800 SE Washington St.: 

Floyd Light Middle School is served by TriMet bus lines 15 and 20, as well as the Green and Blue MAX lines. You can get directions here

Going by bike? We're growing the network of bike lanes and neighborhood greenways in the area. Check your route on PBOT's interactive bike map

Floyd Light Middle School

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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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Blog: 🌹 Everything’s Coming Up Roses 🌹

Learn about 2020 Central City in Motion transit priority projects at upcoming open houses in February and March

Rose Lane rendering on NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

(Feb. 14, 2020) Portland City Council voted yesterday to adopt the Rose Lane Project report, the city’s biggest-ever plan for prioritizing transit on our streets. Through a series of pilot projects to be implemented over the next two years, the Rose Lane Project will get buses and streetcars out of traffic using a variety of different solutions, including bus-only lanes, transit signal improvements and other tools. These improvements will make transit faster and more reliable for more than 100,000 transit riders on over 45 different lines.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is already putting this vision into action. A series of transit priority projects will be implemented this summer through Central City in Motion, PBOT's initiative to improve transportation in the city’s core. These projects are set to significantly improve transit travel time by helping buses and streetcars travel through congested areas. Data from PBOT's 2019 transit priority projects show that improvements made in the central city are already having a positive impact on travel times and reliability across the transit system.

In the coming weeks the public will get a preview of 2020 Central City in Motion projects and other early Rose Lane projects through a series of public open houses. At the open houses, community members will have the chance to preview these and other Central City in Motion improvements, ask questions and provide feedback. Refreshments will be provided. The same information will be provided at all three open houses – choose the one that works best for you!

  • Tuesday, February 18 from 4 to 6 p.m. White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Street, Portland OR 97209
  • Wednesday, February 26 from 5 to 7 p.m. Revolution Hall, Astoria Room, 1300 SE Stark Street, Portland OR 97214
  • Wednesday, March 4 from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. (business-focused, all welcome!) Portland Building, Room 100, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland OR 97204

Central City in Motion is already delivering big benefits for transit routes that run through downtown thanks to bus priority treatments implemented in 2019 on SW Madison StreetNW Everett Street and the Burnside Bridge.

 Burnside Bridge Rose Lane

The Rose Lane Project will build on the success of these improvements, spreading a network of transit priority citywide to maximize impact. Making transit faster and more reliable through these investments is a key part of PBOT’s strategy to make our transportation system more equitable and to reduce climate impact. 

Central City in Motion projects that will form early parts of the Rose Lane network include:

  • E Burnside eastbound bus lane extension (from Burnside Bridge to E 12th)
  • Transit priority lanes on MLK and Grand benefitting TriMet’s Line 6 and Streetcar (from NE Broadway to SE Mill)
  • SE Hawthorne bus and turn lane along with crossing and bicycling improvements (from the Hawthorne Bridge to SE 12th Ave)
  • SE Madison bus lane improvements (SE 11th to Grand)
  • NW Broadway cycling, safety and TriMet Line 17 improvements (NW Broadway, NW 6th and NW 5th, from the Broadway Bridge to SW Oak)
  • Collins Circle bus priority and traffic signal upgrade (SW Jefferson from SW 14th to SW 18th)

Representatives from each of these transit priority projects will be available at each of the open houses to answer questions and gather input. Learn more about upcoming Central City in Motion projects at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ccim

See the City Council-adopted Rose Lane Project report at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/roselane

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Traffic Advisory: PBOT reopens all lanes on West Burnside three days early, after clearing landslide debris

All lanes reopen by 3 p.m. today

 Tarp covering landslide

A contractor for Mount Calvary Cemetery spread plastic sheeting today as an interim measure to help stabilize the West Burnside landslide. PBOT crews removed more than 140 cubic yards of soil and debris, built a catchment wall (in foreground) made of Jersey barriers with strips of reflective material, improved drainage in the area, and swept the street in preparation for reopening today. Photo taken Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Friday, Jan. 31, 2020) – Portland Bureau of Transportation crews are reopening West Burnside by 3 p.m. today, three days early, after clearing debris from a recent landslide and working to make the area safe from imminent risk of additional slides.

Crews had implemented lane closures and full road closures since a landslide was reported at about 6:30 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 24. During inspections, engineers determined that debris had continued to fall from the slide last weekend. After clearing more than 80 cubic yards of debris in the hours after the slide was reported, crews removed another estimated 60 cubic yards on Thursday.

Road closures had initially been expected to continue through Sunday, with all lanes reopening on Monday Feb. 3, but the work proceeded faster than expected and City engineers have determined the slide appears to be stabilized.

Today, PBOT crews built a new, 80-foot catchment wall, comprised of Jersey barriers with strips of reflective material for visibility, replacing a prior structure that was installed on the day of the slide. Also today, crews placed more rock in the area to help keep the soil in place, cleared ditches to prevent flooding and used rock to enhance safety on roadside shoulders.

Eventually, the landowner and PBOT will likely need to return to the area for permanent improvements to stabilize the area.

 

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 Tarp and Jersey barriers cover landslide area

PBOT crews removed more than 140 cubic yards of soil and debris, built a catchment wall (in foreground) made of Jersey barriers with strips of reflective material, improved drainage in the area, and swept the street in preparation for reopening today. Photo taken Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

 Crews use dump truck to make shoulder safe

While West Burnside was closed for landslide removal, PBOT crews added rock to improve safety along roadside shoulders in the area. Photo taken Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

Traffic Advisory: PBOT to close all lanes on West Burnside Thursday through Sunday during daytime hours to remove landslide debris

Westbound lane to reopen at 3 p.m. daily

truck loads on west burnside

On Friday, PBOT crews responded to a landslide on West Burnside, removing dump truck loads of debris and building a catchment wall to make it safer. The slide remains active, and crews also removed debris on Tuesday. More work is needed to stabilize the landslide. Photo taken Jan. 24, 2020 by Dylan Rivera/ Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020) – Starting tomorrow and continuing through Sunday, PBOT crews will implement full closures of West Burnside during daytime work hours, between SW Barnes Road and Skyline Blvd.

The closures are needed so crews can bring in specialized equipment to remove material at risk of continuing to slide in an area affected by a landslide that occurred last Friday. The slide has continued to be active in recent days.

The road will be closed to all traffic from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. Crews will open the westbound lane to travelers each day by about 3 p.m. Westbound travel is anticipated to be allowed from 3 p.m., and overnight, until the full closure resumes the following day.

The full closures will continue each day through Sunday.

PBOT crews are hoping to reopen the road to all travel in all directions on Monday, Feb. 3, but the work is weather dependent and the schedule could change.

The traveling public is advised to avoid the area, and if travel is needed, to follow a posted detour along SW Barnes Road and Skyline Blvd to the south of Mount Calvary Cemetery. During full closures, eastbound and westbound traffic will be directed to the detour route.

The landslide was first reported on Friday morning, and PBOT crews responded to close off the area to the public, remove dump truck loads of debris and build a catchment wall to make it safer. Periodic closures have been in place since Friday.

During inspections, engineers determined that debris had continued to fall from the slide last weekend. The slide remains active, with cracks at the top of the scarp that indicate a threat to public safety. In the coming days, PBOT crews will remove loose material from the top of the scarp.

On Tuesday, crews cleared more debris that had fallen from the slope and was blocking stormwater in the area. They installed a stormwater pipe to improve drainage during the coming work in the area.

The work through Sunday will remove debris at risk of falling from the landslide. Eventually, the landowner and PBOT will likely need to return to the area for permanent improvements to stabilize the area.

Pipe besdie West Burnside

On Tuesday, PBOT crews installed a drainage pipe on the south side of West Burnside to conduct stormwater away from the area of a landslide that PBOT crews are working to clear. Crews spread the gray rock visible in this image to cover and protect the pipe. The yellow tape shows the eastern edge of the soil and vegetation that will be removed. Photo taken Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020 by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

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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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

News Release: Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee unanimously endorses continuation of Fixing Our Streets investments, supports proposal for City Council to refer to May 2020 ballot

Business for a Better Portland, Oregon Walks, 1000 Friends of Oregon, Rosewood Initiative, The Street Trust, the Northwest District Association, Professional & Technical Employees Local 17, and the City of Portland’s Pedestrian and Bicycle advisory committees join growing endorsement list for referral

Fixing Our Streets proposed project map 2020-2024

Click to view an enlarged version of the proposed project map for Fixing Our Streets: 2020

(Jan. 28, 2020) After extensive outreach with leading Portland community organizations, advocates and committees, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) released their project list today for a continuation of Fixing Our Streets, the street repair and traffic safety program funded by a 10-cent fuel tax and the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax. This will be presented to Portland City Council on Feb. 6 for referral to the May 2020 ballot. A renewal of the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax will also be presented to City Council, to ensure that businesses with heavy truck activity pay their fair share for street maintenance and safety as well.

At the most recent Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee meeting, the committee voted unanimously to refer the list to council for inclusion on the May 2020 ballot. The proposed renewal and project list has already been endorsed by multiple groups, including Business for a Better PortlandOregon Walks1000 Friends of OregonThe Rosewood InitiativeThe Street Trust, the Northwest District AssociationProfessional & Technical Employees Local 17, as well as the Portland’s Pedestrian and Bicycle advisory committees, among others.

Since its passage, the Fixing Our Streets program has paved or improved 40 lane miles of road, constructed 300 new ADA ramps, updated 58 intersections for safety, and built 53 Safe Routes to School projects that serve a combined 31 elementary schools, eight middle schools and 10 high schools in Portland. It has also provided significant funding for major streetscape projects such as the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project in the Gateway neighborhood and the Foster Streetscape Project in Southeast Portland.

View an interactive map of upcoming and completed Fixing Our Streets (2016-2020) projects at map.fixingourstreets.com.

The program has also made major investments in the prosperity of minority-owned and emerging small businesses. PBOT has far exceeded the city’s goal for participation by Oregon’s Certification Office for Business Inclusion and Diversity (COBID)’s categories of disadvantaged, minority, women, emerging small business, or service-disabled veteran business enterprises. In the first three years of the Fixing Our Streets program, 40% of all contracting dollars were awarded to COBID-certified firms – double Portland’s citywide goal of 20% participation.

Building on the demonstrated success of the original Fixing Our Streets program, the bureau has developed a new list of $74.5 million in street repair and traffic safety projects and services.  The list includes $25 million dedicated to paving, $5 million for new traffic signals, $4.5 million for sidewalks, and $4.5 million for street lighting, and millions more for better and safer access to schools, transit, and community services for Portland’s kids, seniors, and families. Spending from the program will continue to be overseen by the Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee, which represents multiple communities with a stake in Portland’s streets and roads.

"As one of the co-chairs of the Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee, I am excited to endorse a referral to voters for reauthorization,” said Ashton Simpson, Community Asset Planner at The Rosewood Initiative. “Fixing Our Streets is helping to address the long unfulfilled promises made to East Portland for safer streets. I am grateful for the strong leadership of Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and PBOT Director Chris Warner. I hope the voters approve the measure in May, because there is much more work to be done!"  

Fixing Our Streets helps realize the safer, more mobile, and more sustainable Portland envisioned by the numerous plans and programs that direct PBOT’s work citywide, including: the Vision Zero Action Plan, PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Master Plan, Safe Routes to School, and area plans like Southwest in Motion, Northwest in Motion.

The new Fixing Our Streets (2020-2024) project list builds on these plans and the extensive public input that informed them. It was also shaped by feedback from neighborhood stakeholders, transportation justice advocates, and business groups. The projects represent an expansion of what made the original Fixing Our Streets so successful: a relentless focus on repairs and improvements to make it easier and safer for all Portlanders to get where they need to go.

“Fixing Our Streets’ impact on Portland has been tremendous. We have invested millions in our Safe Routes to School network, repaired and repaved streets throughout the city, and expanded our walking and biking network with new sidewalks, neighborhood greenways, and protected bike lanes,” said PBOT Director Chris Warner. “Since its passage three and a half years ago, the bureau has worked internally to increase efficiencies, establish stronger project management protocols, and create better relationships with businesses and the greater Portland community. Fixing Our Streets has made us a more responsive bureau that is better equipped to take on new opportunities to further maintain and improve our city’s transportation system. We take the trust Portlanders have placed in us very seriously and are ready to deliver.”

“What’s clear is that these Fixing Our Streets improvements have created an appetite for more,” said Ashley Henry, Executive Director at Business for a Better Portland. “It’s obvious to anyone traveling through Portland that the street maintenance backlog is vast, and it’s devastating that we continue to set records for the number of Portlanders dying from traffic violence. We support the referral of a renewal of the gas tax as a dedicated funding source for maintenance and safety projects so that voters have the opportunity to extend the benefits of these investments to even more parts of the city.”

“Improving our active transportation infrastructure is a key part of addressing climate change, and of creating walkable, attractive, cohesive, and safe communities,” said Claire Vlach, Oregon Walks Plans and Projects Chair and Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee Member. “We support Fixing Our Streets, and hope Portland will build upon the funding measure’s successes to create a permanent revenue stream for transportation in the future.”

“This program is essential to making our communities safer, livable and sustainable,” said the Northwest District Association in their letter of support.

The Fixing Our Streets 2020-2024 program is divided into three primary categories - smoother streets, safer streets, and community transportation services. It also includes dedicated funding for a year-round pothole crew, for street lighting on High Crash Network streets, and for reducing speeds on cut-through routes.

Smoother Streets:

  • $25M for paving with a focus on preventative maintenance for busy and neighborhood streets

Safer Streets:

Community Transportation Services:

Basic Maintenance:

PBOT has heard again and again from neighborhoods and businesses that want us to be more responsive to routine maintenance requests like fixing potholes, repairing sections of failing road (base repair), and maintaining gravel streets.

  • $4M for base repair (repairing sections of failing streets) citywide
  • $4M for maintaining Portland’s gravel streets
  • $5M for a dedicated, year-round pothole crew

Basic Safety Improvements:

PBOT has several proven tools to significantly improve street safety. Establishing a citywide program for basic street safety services allows PBOT to deliver these services more responsively and efficiently.

  • $2M for speed reduction on cut-through routes
  • $4M for additional safety enhancements
  • $2.5M for Neighborhood Greenway retrofits
  • $2M for safer intersections

The original Fixing Our Streets proposal for street repair and safety was passed by voters in May 2016. It is projected to bring in more than $85 million – over $76 million from the fuel tax alone and an additional $8 million from the Heavy Vehicles Use Tax, passed by City Council concurrent with the 10-cent fuel tax approved by voters. The City will annually audit the Fixing Our Streets program. This audit will be shared with the oversight committee and the public. Spending from the program will be overseen by the Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee representing the many communities with a stake in Portland's streets and roads.

View a detailed project list and learn more about Fixing Our Streets at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/fixingourstreets2020.