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503-823-3723

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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 
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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

 

Update on North Going Street Bridge: Union Pacific approves work schedule to open a fourth lane soon

Fourth lane expected to reopen before Thanksgiving holiday

 News media contact:

Dylan Rivera
Portland Bureau of Transportation
503-823-3723
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov
@PBOTinfo

(Oct. 28, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has received approval from Union Pacific Railroad to begin work Nov. 4 on repairs that could allow the bureau to reopen a fourth lane on the North Going Street Bridge before the Thanksgiving holiday.

This would help relieve congestion in a crucial freight corridor before the busy holiday shipping season.

A Union Pacific Railroad derailment on Saturday, Sept. 7 damaged columns that support the bridge, leading PBOT to initially close the bridge entirely, and gradually reopen lanes. Since Sept. 15, three lanes have been open, down from the normal six lanes. The bridge provides the only public access to the Swan Island industrial area, home to about 200 businesses and more than 12,000 jobs. Daimler, UPS and FedEx all have large operations there, generating significant freight traffic for time-sensitive deliveries.

Initial repairs by PBOT crews made the bridge safe enough to open a third travel lane on Sunday Sept. 15, allowing two lanes for westbound travel to Swan Island, with one lane available for eastbound travel.

People who work on Swan Island say that traffic congestion leaving the island continues to be a significant disruption. Numerous businesses have changed work schedules for hundreds of employees to avoid rush-hour congestion. Deliveries have been delayed. People have reported road range incidents and car crashes.

Travel times off the island have been reported to vary widely and unpredictably in the afternoon and early evening hours.

PBOT engineers will continue to look for ways to reduce traffic delays during the lane closures.

Return to six lanes potentially this spring

Planning for permanent repairs to the bridge, including planning for access to Union Pacific's property during construction, is on-going. Permanent repairs would return the bridge to its full three lanes each direction.

Permanent repairs, which would open six total lanes, could potentially be completed this spring.

Stay tuned for further updates

We will continue to provide updates as more information becomes available.

 

Sign up here for email or text message updates about the repairs to the North Going Street Bridge and access to Swan Island

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For more information:

Dan Layden
Project Manager
dan.layden@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-2804

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: A smoother street is coming to N Denver Avenue from Lombard to Watts streets, thanks to Fixing Our Streets

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

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(Oct. 25, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises that PBOT-contracted crews will be grinding down the southbound lane on N Denver Avenue between Lombard and Watts streets on Saturday, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to prepare it for paving.

Work will begin at 8 a.m. and will be completed by 3 p.m. Northbound traffic be unaffected, while southbound 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. 

Sidewalks will remain open for pedestrians and access to driveways will be maintained for the duration of the work. Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel.  PBOT-contracted crews will continue to complete ADA curb ramp improvements and anticipate completing paving work ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday, weather permitting.

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.

Open during construction!

Kenton businesses will be open during construction. Parking is available on side streets during the street closure.

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

Traffic Advisory: A smoother street is coming to N Williams Avenue from Stanton to Cook streets, thanks to Fixing Our Streets

To complete the paving work, N Williams Avenue will be closed to all traffic from Friday, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. to Monday, Oct. 28 at 7 a.m.

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(Oct. 24, 2019) – This weekend, Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) contracted crews will be grinding and repaving N Williams Avenue from Stanton to Cook streets, including intersections. The work will require a full street closure and detour starting Friday, October 25 at 8 p.m. through Monday, October 28 at 7 a.m.

As part of this Fixing Our Streets-funded paving project, PBOT-contracted crews are also finishing up curb ramp upgrades on N Williams Avenue this week to meet modern ADA requirements.

During construction, N Williams Avenue will be closed from Stanton to Cook streets, including intersections, and on-street parking will be prohibited on Williams. TriMet will have a temporary transit stop at Russell, east of Williams for lines 4, 24, and 44. Sidewalks and crosswalks will remain open.

N Williams detour map

People driving will be detoured along NE Russell to NE Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard. People bicycling will be detoured to NE Rodney Avenue, and people bound for Legacy Emanuel will be detoured to NE Kerby Avenue.

Residents and business owners will not be able to use their driveways during construction. For emergency access, please call Maile Wagner at (971) 331-5089.

Sidewalks and crosswalks will remain open. Flaggers will be on-site to assist people walking in crossing safely. Please avoid the area if possible and expect delays as we repair this section of road. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all 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

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

Open during construction!

Williams Avenue businesses will be open during construction. Parking is available on side streets during the street closure.

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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