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Traffic Advisory: Additional paving on W Burnside Street at 18th and 19th avenues scheduled for early Wednesday morning

(Oct. 22, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises that paving on W Burnside Street is scheduled for the early morning of Wednesday, Oct. 23.

Work will begin at 5 a.m. Wednesday morning and will be completed by 9 a.m. One outer lane in each direction will remain open on W Burnside Street. Nearby residents can expect construction noise and people driving can expect significant delays on W Burnside Street between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 a.m. 

This work was originally scheduled in September but was postponed due to rain. This is the last major paving work scheduled for this project. 

new signals activated on W Burnside

New signals and street lights are now active. Looking south at W Burnside and 19th. Photo by PBOT

Sidewalks will remain open for people walking. 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

This work remains weather-dependent and the schedule may change. 

PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses as we work to wrap up this construction project. Following this night work, crews will stripe the roadway and install remaining concrete islands during regular working hours. While a wet September has impacted our paving schedule, our contractor has been able to activate the new traffic signals and street lights, as shown in the photo above.

These improvements are part of the West Burnside Multimodal Project, one of a series of safety improvements PBOT is making along the corridor. For more information or to sign up for e-updates, visit our project webpage

w burnside before and after rendering

Traffic Advisory: Construction activities clean-up on SW Capitol Highway this week

Construction will take place Wednesday, Oct. 23 – Sunday, Oct. 27

(Oct. 22, 2019) Summer went by too fast! Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) contracted crews didn’t quite complete the Capitol Highway Paving Project before the rainy season, and so are cleaning up and hibernating for the winter. There will be no sign of construction. The road will be open and driveable. Access to businesses will be returned to normal.

To prevent flooding and improve safety, PBOT-contracted crews will clean up the construction area at SW Capitol Highway and 35th Avenue. Crews will complete work by Sunday, Oct. 27.

To prepare for winter, crews will be removing steel plates from the roadway to finish paving excavated areas, installing permanent stop signs, and installing temporary crosswalk markings.

Streets and sidewalks will remain open Construction activities will not require detours. Flaggers will be on-site to manage traffic. 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

 

Open during construction!

Multnomah Village is open for business during construction! Join PBOT to celebrate the project’s season closing on Thursday, Oct. 31 for Halloween in the Village.

Why is work being extended to 2020?

PBOT-contracted crews met unanticipated construction challenges this summer which required additional time to address, including sinkholes in the road base at SW 35th Avenue.

When will the work be complete?

PBOT will share additional updates and an anticipated 2020 construction schedule by February 2020 and will coordinate with businesses to minimize construction impacts.

Thanks for your continued patience while we make SW Capitol Highway a smoother, safer and more accessible street for all.

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

Traffic Advisory: Emergency sinkhole repairs on SW Barbur Boulevard between Hooker and Sheridan streets

(Oct. 17, 2019) – Sinkholes discovered in a northbound lane of SW Barbur Boulevard between Hooker and Sheridan streets will require emergency repairs and lane closures by Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews beginning tomorrow, Oct. 18 from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. to address immediate safety concerns. Repair work will continue on Tuesday, Oct. 22 through Thursday, Oct. 24 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day. 

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 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

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

Traffic Advisory: A smoother street is coming to SE Flavel Street from 112th Avenue to Deardorff Road

(Oct. 16, 2019) – Street improvements on SE Flavel Street from 112th Avenue to Deardorff Road begin tomorrow, Oct. 17 through Oct. 23 from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each business day - and possibly weekends.

Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will be grinding down and repaving sections of the road that have been compromised by potholes.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

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 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

How do PBOT crews repave a street? In this short video, PBOT crew members explain how they grind and pave our city streets to create new, smooth roads for you: https://youtu.be/f9tyo3NyLJ0

grind and pave screen shot

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

News Blog: A new directive for Portland's crosswalks

PBOT crews have begun installing new high-visibility crosswalks to heighten safety and visibility for pedestrians

SW Third Avenue and W Burnside Street

An example of an older style crosswalk that has been restriped with a high-visibility crosswalk at SW Third Avenue and W Burnside Street. Photo by PBOT.

Vision Zero Portland logo

(Oct. 15, 2019) Throughout Portland, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is installing new high-visibility crosswalks to heighten safety and visibility for pedestrians.

With a new directive from the city’s traffic engineer, these high-visibility markings are the new standard for marked crossings in Portland. This is one of the first actions PBOT has taken since Portland City Council adopted a new pedestrian master plan, known as PedPDX, this past June.

What are high-visibility crosswalks and how are they different?

High-visibility crosswalks (sometimes called “continental-style” crosswalks) have thick lines parallel to traffic flow that allow drivers to see the crosswalk from further away. This gives drivers more time to stop safely for pedestrians crossing, or waiting to cross.

As new crosswalks are installed or reinstalled by PBOT crews and contractors, they will include these new high-visibility markings. Where an existing crosswalk already exists, such as the type with two white lines perpendicular to traffic, you will see PBOT adding high-visibility markings into the existing striping.

A high-visibility crosswalk at SE 30th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard

An example of an older style crosswalk that has been restriped with a high-visibility crosswalk at SE 30th Avenue and Hawthorne Boulevard. New left turn calming rubber speed bumps were also added as part of PBOT's Vision Zero left turn calming pilot. Photo by PBOT.

Why the focus on crossings?

ped crashes at signals

The data collected for PedPDX found that over 40% of pedestrian crashes and 30% of severe and fatal crashes citywide occur at intersections with traffic signals. Over a quarter of all crashes involve a turning driver failing to yield when the pedestrian has the right of way.   

Adding high-visibility crosswalks at intersections with traffic signals may help make pedestrians more visible to people driving. PBOT will install these high-visibility crosswalks at intersections with traffic signals and all other marked crossings moving forward. This data-driven approach to solving traffic safety issues is a core tenet of Vision Zero.

You can find more information about PedPDX online at www.pedpdx.com.

Learn more about Vision Zero online at www.visionzeroportland.com