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Traffic Alert: PBOT to reopen southbound Milwaukie Ave by 4pm as repairs of sinkhole continue; expect northbound closure again Thursday

Update: April 20, 2016 3:31 PM

After hours of excavation and repairs to damaged sewer lines, the Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to reopen the southbound lane of SE Milwaukie Avenue at SE Reedway Street by 4 p.m., in time for the evening commute.

The northbound lane remains closed at SE Ramona Street. Travelers are encouraged to avoid the area between SE McLoughlin Boulevard and SE Bybee Boulevard. Northbound traffic is detoured to eastbound SE Yukon St to northbound SE 17th Avenue and west on SW Ellis Street to return to SE Milwaukie.

Northbound is expected to be reopened later this evening. Look for updates at PBOT's Twitter account at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo

The northbound lane will be closed again on Thursday from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for restoration of the underground utilities and investigation of more underground cavities. SE Milwaukie may be closed again Friday or next week for repaving of the road surface.

IMAGES: For links to video and photos of the cavity and PBOT crews working to fix it, see PBTO's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/PBOTinfo and PBOT's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo/media

YouTube videos available:
* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8jJCg9GUj8

* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni79LY7PWEM

* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GCZUNq1EZ8

* https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgV2-84cD70

Media availability: PBOT PIO is en route to speak with the media at SE Milwaukie Avenue and SE Reedway Street at 4:30 p.m.

A cavity of about 2 feet in diameter was reported on Tuesday afternoon, believed to be about 4 feet by 6 feet underground as well. PBOT crews secured the area with a steel plate. Upon further inspection, crews found evidence of a larger underground cavity undermining the street surface and closed the road to gain better access at 8 a.m. today.

Excavating through about 2 feet of material, including antiquated streetcar tracks, cobblestones and asfault, revealed an underground cavity about 6 feet deep, 12 feet wide and 17 feet long. Crews are investigating more underground cavities to the south of that area.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

Underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, the result of underground streams or weather events. Small cavities in city streets may be a sign of a larger underground problem. The public is advised to call PBOT's 24 hour dispatch to report sinkholes or other roadway hazards at 503-823-1700.


 

(April 20, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that an inspection of a cavity in the roadway will require a full closure of SE Milwaukie Avenue at Reedway Street today at 8 a.m.

Both northbound and southbound lanes will be closed at 8 a.m. There is no estimate for how long the closure will be required.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

We will post an update as we learn more about the cause of the road damage and timing of the road closure.


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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: Replacement of storm-damaged 122nd Avenue Bridge forces three-year closure

Map of 122nd Avenue detour routes

 

PBOT to host open house to brief community 

(April 13, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation has recently obtained funding for a $2.8 million replacement of the 122nd Avenue Bridge, which spans Johnson Creek in East Portland.

The bridge was damaged by heavy rains during winter storms and will remain closed to motor vehicles until a replacement bridge can be built, expected in 2019. The bridge sidewalk currently remains open for biking and walking.

“Public safety is our top priority and in this case to keep the public safe we need to limit access to the bridge until it can be replaced,” Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “We understand a closure of this magnitude will be an inconvenience for the traveling public, and we will work to minimize the inconvenience in the coming weeks and during the construction period. We have made this decision after carefully considering the need for public safety. We’re thankful for funding recently approved by the state.”

Since January, PBOT crews have worked to stabilize the bridge site to limit the risk of further deterioration. In March, a committee of the Oregon Department of Transportation and local agencies allocated $2.5 million in Federal Highway Bridge Funds for replacement of the 122nd Avenue Bridge. The federal funds require a local match of $300,000, which PBOT will provide using general transportation revenue, which is mainly funded by parking revenue and the City’s share of state gas tax.

Travelers in the area should use alternate routes to travel between SE Foster Road and SE Flavel Street.

Local access will be maintained south of SE Foster Road and North of SE Flavel for residents and businesses. Access to the Leach Botanical Garden, a major destination in the area that is located next to the bridge, will also be maintained.

“Spring begins our busy season at Leach Botanical Garden, with weddings and events as well as casual visitors coming to enjoy the peace and beauty,” said David Porter, executive director of Leach Garden Friends, a non-profit that operates the garden for Portland Parks & Recreation. “We want people to know that our parking lot is open as normal and can be reached from the south via Flavel Street.”

The garden’s parking lot provides 32 spaces for visitors and is available south of the bridge. Visitors can walk across the bridge to reach the garden’s main entrance, just north of the bridge. A map with directions to the garden and the parking lot is available at the garden’s web site: leachgarden.org

PBOT will host an open house for the public to learn more about the bridge replacement project and to better understand the detour routes that are in place until a new bridge can be opened. The public will also have the opportunity to ask PBOT staff questions and to provide comment on signage and other measures that can help local access during the closure.

122nd Avenue Bridge Open House

7 to 8 p.m., Thursday April 28

Manor House at Leach Botanical Gardens

6704 SE 122nd Avenue

For more information on the open house, contact Cevero Gonzalez, 503-823-5080 or cevero.gonzalez@portlandoregon.gov 

PBOT crews have posted two detour routes during the bridge closure.

Alternate Route 1 SE 110th/112th:

Southbound traffic is detoured west at SE Foster Rd to southbound on SE 110th Dr/SE 112th Ave to SE Flavel St and eastbound back to SE 122nd Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured at SE Flavel St west to SE 112th Ave/SE 110th Dr, then east on SE Foster Rd, back to SE 122nd Ave. 

Alternate Route 2, SE 134th/Deardorff Road:

Southbound traffic is detoured east at SE Foster Rd to southbound on SE 134th Ave/SE Deardorff Road to SE Flavel St and westbound back to SE 122nd Ave. Northbound traffic will be detoured at SE Flavel St east to Deardorff Road/ SE 134th Ave and west on SE Foster Rd, back to SE 122nd Ave.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously, observe the closure signage and directions by reader boards and detour signage.

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

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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: With the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week, PBOT asks the public to be mindful of their fellow Portlanders at work in city streets

PBOT Sidewalk Dig Crew

PBOT's Sidewalk Dig Crew. Left to right: David Bowles, John Calvert, Frank Shelton, Dana Whitley. 

Photo by Felicity J. Mackay, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(April 11, 2016)  – Today is the start of National Work Zone Awareness Week. The initiative, sponsored by federal, state and local transportation officials each April, draws attention to the safety needs of road workers at the start of construction season.

In observance of the week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation calls on the traveling public to use extra caution in work zones. PBOT will be sharing photos and stories of the bureau’s maintenance crew members who work in the city’s roadways every day on their Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/PBOTInfo) and Twitter (https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo) feeds. These hard working Portlanders are just feet away from fast moving traffic and potentially inattentive drivers.

Generally, crashes occur when people driving speed through a work zone, do not pay attention to changing road conditions, run into other vehicles or transportation equipment, or drive off the road completely. Given this, when driving in a work zone, the public is asked to please slow down, pay attention and stay calm. People walking or biking in a work zone should also observe barricades and road closed signage, use sidewalks if possible or other alternate routes.

Travelers should expect delays, plan for them and leave early to reach their destination on time. Remember, in roadway work zones, engineers and construction workers make safety their top priority every day—for the traveling public as well as themselves. Drivers should move into the correct lane well in advance and constantly be on the lookout for vehicles merging into adjacent travel lanes as they approach a work zone. People driving should double their following distance.

Every day, workers from PBOT and other agencies are out in Portland streets doing their jobs, repairing streets, installing and fixing utilities and infrastructure. PBOT is proud to join with our fellow DOTs across the United States to bring attention to motorist and worker safety and mobility issues in work zones. Remember: paying attention saves lives.

For more information, visit FHWA Work Zone Awareness

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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: Street improvements require lane closures on NE Killingsworth St from N Williams Avenue to NE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, April 11-13

(April 8, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Killingsworth Street from N Williams Avenue to NE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on Monday, April 11, through Wednesday, April 13, 7 a.m. through 3 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind .86 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work throughout the year, adjusting tasks based on weather conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy conditions. They will return to complete paving during a window of dry weather.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet bus service, check trimet.org/alerts.

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

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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: Repaving after emergency sewer work to close one southbound lane on SE McLoughlin Blvd at Tacoma Street overpass April 9

(April 8, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that repaving after a recent emergency sewer repair will require a closure of one southbound lane of SE McLoughlin Boulevard at the Tacoma Street Overpass from 12:01 a.m. until 8 p.m. on Saturday April 9.

Northbound travel lanes on SE McLoughlin Blvd will not be affected. 

Southeast McLoughlin’s three lanes southbound will be reduced to two, from the Tacoma Street Overpass to SE Umatilla Street. The right travel lane southbound will be merged into the left lane just north of the Tacoma Street Overpass. The ramp from eastbound Tacoma Street to southbound McLoughlin Boulevard will remain open, and traffic will be directed into the middle lane. Access from SE Umatilla Street to southbound McLoughlin Blvd will be maintained.

The lane closure is expected from 12:01 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 9.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

PBOT conducts emergency sewer repairs in the public right of way in Portland and is coordinating work on this incident with the Oregon Department of Transportation, which manages SE McLoughlin Boulevard, part of Oregon 99E, a state highway.

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