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Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on SW Capitol Highway from SW Nebraska Street to 200' south of SW 26th Avenue on April 18

(April 15, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Capitol Highway from SW Nebraska Street to 200’ south of SW 26th Avenue on Saturday, April 18 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

The lane closures will allow crews to complete paving .58 lane miles.

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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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: PBOT to clear abandoned publication boxes; offer new ways to free up sidewalk space, tidy up publication boxes

(April 8, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation this month is beginning to clear sidewalks of abandoned publication boxes as part of a larger program - shaped with input from local media outlets, neighborhoods and businesses - to improve maintenance of boxes in the public right of way.

Abandoned publication boxThe new rules, adopted by the City Council earlier this year, help clean up public sidewalks for better pedestrian access and the beauty of the public right-of-way, while maintaining availability of publications. These major changes are being implemented on city streets:

  • Abandoned publication boxes: The new rules give Transportation Bureau staff the authority to remove empty boxes that have become a public nuisance. Crews will tag those boxes with a 30-day sticker, remove them after that time period, and recycle or dispose of them after 90 days, if not reclaimed. The public is encouraged to report abandoned boxes via publicationboxes@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-3467.
  • Clean and tidy freestanding boxes: Publication boxes that are in operation must be clean, free of graffiti, in good working order and be placed in a way that doesn’t impede pedestrians. Media outlets will have until July 1 to adjust and comply with the new regulations.
  • New, co-located publication boxes: Eleven co-located boxes are being added to Portland sidewalks, expanding a 2012 pilot program that introduced four such structures around Pioneer Courthouse Square.The co-located boxes can house multiple publications in a single metal box, saving valuable sidewalk space and offering an organized appearance to public space. Neighborhood associations and business districts may apply for a co-located publication box in their area to create a central area for dispersing several publications.

“Streets and sidewalks are shared community spaces that Portlanders love, but they must be maintained,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “This new program gives the public a new way to alert us when they see problem publication boxes and it empowers PBOT staff to help address problem areas more effectively. We are inspired by the pride Portlanders take in their public spaces and we are eager to support community initiatives.”

New co-located publication box at City HallThe program stems from months of discussions with PBOT staff, publication leaders and local neighborhood and business associations. Recommendations from a stakeholder committee led City Council to change City Code to address regulations for publication boxes in the right-of-way while still protecting the freedom of expression.

Portland City Council amended City Code 17.46 in January, expanding the code for publication boxes from the downtown mall to citywide. The new standards took effect in February.  For additional information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/publicationbox.

Co-located publication box locations in Downtown Portland:

Co-located publication boxes in Downtown Portland

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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

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on SW Columbia St from SW Broadway to Naito Parkway April 21 and 22

Update (April 20, 2015) – To complete this project, PBOT crews are scheduled to pave this stretch on Tuesday, April 21 and Wednesday, April 22,  7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lane closures will be in effect during those times. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.


(April 3, 2015) - The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Columbia Street from SW Broadway to SW Naito Parkway from Tuesday, April 7 through Monday, April 13 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day. 


The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface to pave .96 lane miles.

PBOT street improvement crews work in almost all weather conditions, adjusting tasks based on conditions. Crews will grind down old asphalt and prepare street surfaces for paving even in cold and rainy weather. 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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Paving to close lanes on SW Columbia Street from SW 18th Avenue to SW Broadway from March 27 through March 31

Update (April 7, 2015) – To complete this project, PBOT crews are scheduled to pave this stretch from Wednesday, April 8 through Friday, April 10,  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lane closures will be in effect during those times. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.


(March 25, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Columbia Street from SW 18th Avenue to SW Broadway from Friday, March 23rd through Tuesday, March 31st 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind the road surface in preparation for paving 1.49 lane miles at a later date.

PBOT street improvement crews work through the winter, 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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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: Parking in NW Portland? Look for new Zone M signs as parking permit area expands to alleviate congestion

(March 25, 2015) – The first phase of the Northwest Portland Parking Plan takes effect this week as City of Portland Bureau of Transportation crews begin installing Zone M signs to mark an expanded parking permit area and alleviate longstanding congestion in the neighborhood.

The new signage is part of a years-long planning effort by the City and neighborhood residents and businesses to ease parking challenges and improve the livability and business vitality of the growing neighborhood.  

The newly expanded permit area stretches from W Burnside Street to NW Vaughn Street and westward from NW 16th to NW 25th avenues. Previously, Zone M’s north boundary stopped at NW Irving Street. An adjacent parking permit area next to I-405, called Zone K, will remain unchanged.

Blocks with a Zone M sign will allow visitors to park for up to four hours, and allow neighborhood residents who have purchased $60 annual permits to park without those time restrictions.

PBOT crews begin sign installation this week and are expected to complete all signage within two weeks. The permit rules take effect on each block as signs are installed. Enforcement hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Saturday.  Sunday and holiday parking are not affected.    

“The new signs mark an important milestone in a collaborative effort between the neighborhood and the city to alleviate parking congestion and frustration,” said Leah Treat, Portland Bureau of Transportation director. “Visitors and residents will now have an easier time finding parking and businesses will benefit from improved access by their customers.”

The $60 annual permits are available to people who live, work or own property within the Zone M boundaries. More than 2,000 permits for the expanded zone have been issued since they became available in February. Notices have been mailed to all residents and businesses in the area and several outreach events also have been held.

The Northwest Parking Plan, passed by City Council in 2013, also calls for parking meters to be installed on the commercial corridors of NW 21st and 23rd avenues and some surrounding streets. Those are scheduled to be installed in late spring and will have time limits of two and four hours at a price of $1.60 per hour.

Northwest Portland residents who haven’t yet purchased permits may apply for them as well as annual or single day guest passes by contacting the Portland Bureau of Transportation by mail or in person. PBOT’s offices are open weekdays on the 8th floor of the Portland Building, 1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Portland, Oregon 97204. Mail in applications should be sent attention to Suite 1304.

For more information, including a larger map of the Zone M expansion area and permit applications and instructions, please visit portlandoregon.gov/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

Media Contact: Diane Dulken 503-823-5552 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov