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Traffic Advisory: Expect bike, pedestrian delays as lower deck of Steel Bridge raises for Rose Festival Fleet Week ships and repairs June 8, 9 and 13

(June 7, 2016) – The arrival and departure of Fleet Week ships for the Portland Rose Festival will require the closure of the lower deck of the Steel Bridge on June 8, 9 and 13. Because the Oregon Department of Transportation and the Union Pacific Railroad are also making mechanical and electrical repairs to the structure, the lower deck will be held in the raised position, closed to bike and pedestrian access, for up to four to six hours each day.

Since the lower deck of the Steel Bridge was opened in 2001, it has become a popular route for people bike and walking. The deck will be closed from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday June 8 and Thursday June 9. If ships are able to pass before 6 p.m., the deck will be lowered and access restored as soon as possible.

The lower deck will be raised again on Monday June 13, from 5 a.m. to 12 p.m. If ships are able to pass before noon, the deck will be lowered and access restored as soon as possible.

Public access to the upper deck will be maintained, but expect intermittent bridge closures from 2 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday and on Monday morning as ships arrive and depart.

The Broadway, Burnside, and Steel drawbridges will need to open for ship arrivals and departures. Travelers can avoid delays by choosing a fixed span bridge or a bridge south of the Burnside Bridge. For bridge information, visit www.multco.us/bridges. For event information, visit www.rosefestival.org.

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

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while ships are arriving and departing.

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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

Update: Portland Aerial Tram returns to normal operations earlier than expected after crews fix electrical problem

(3:35 pm June 1, 2016) The Portland Aerial Tram is back to normal operations earlier than expected, after crews were able to replace a part and fix an electrical problem. Travel time between the lower and upper terminals is back to the normal 4 minutes.
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(May 30, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public to expect delays, especially during morning and evening commutes, when using the Portland Aerial Tram to access OHSU's Marquam Hill campus on Tuesday and Wednesday.

On May 31 and June 1, the tram will operate on diesel power due to an electrical issue. On diesel power, the tram can only operate at about half of normal speed. Travel time between the lower and upper terminals will be 8 minutes instead of the normal 4 minutes. Delays during morning and evening rush hour could be as long as 20 minutes.

To avoid delays at the tram, riders can transfer from TriMet, or Portland Streetcar in downtown Portland to the TriMet number 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th bus line for access to Marquam Hill.

Riders may have to wait for multiple cabins during peak times because of the slower travel speed and long lines. Operations staff will be at the lower terminal in the morning in order to communicate information about the delays.

Tram cabins will be completely full, so please expect crowded conditions.

Hours of operation will be normal, 5:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Normal operations are expected to resume on Thursday, after a part is received on Wednesday and installed on Wednesday night.

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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: Crosswalk education and enforcement action nets 45 citations, 5 warnings on SW Capitol Highway as PBOT + Police work on Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities

Greg Manning, who requested police enforcement

Greg Manning, who lives on SW Capitol Highway, has been working on traffic safety issues in SW Portland for many years and recently requested additional police enforcement to make the public aware of the need to slow down and stop for pedestrians. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(May 27, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau announced the results of a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action that took place today from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the marked crossing on SW Capitol Highway at SW Miles Street to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Vision Zero Portland logoEducation and enforcement actions such as the May 27 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

Citations (45)

Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian - 25

Speeding - 13

Cell phone - 6

Failure to obey a traffic control device - 1

Warnings (5)

Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian - 4

No operator’s license - 1

This location was chosen at the request of the community, which has been active in educating and encouraging drivers to be alert, aware and slow down.   The crossing is heavily used by school children and transit riders - a pre-school is on one corner and the crossing also supports two TriMet stops and is close to a public school bus pickup and drop off location on SW Miles.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.  A Portland police officer served as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Friday’s action.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses SW Capitol Highway to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and watch for people in the crossing and drivers who may be turning onto or from SW Miles Street. 

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. View the results of previous actions. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. www.visionzeroportland.com.

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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                  

 

Get Rolling: On-bike riding skills class

Are you or someone you know looking to up your urban bike riding skills?

(May 25, 2016) Is the road beckoning but you're not sure you're ready? This adult-oriented course will get you up to speed. The first part of the workshop focuses on the rules of the road and on-the-bike technique like signaling, shifting and braking. The second half will have you venturing out to practice these skills, and take a short and easy ride around town so you can flex your new skills and we can explore the wonderful world of two-wheeled Portland.

Join Portland By Cycle on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, at the PCC CLIMB Center (SE Water Ave and Clay St) for this session with Tori Bortman of Gracie's Wrench. Tori is a certified cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, frequent contributor to Bicycling Magazine, experienced bike mechanic, and a dynamic and engaging skills trainer.

Please bring your bike, helmet, water, a snack, and wear weather-appropriate clothing. If it's been a while since you've pushed the pedals, please bring your bike to a local bike shop for a safety check before the class/ride. Pre-registration is required (jeff.smith@portlandoregon.gov).

 

Clinton Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project

We want to know your thoughts - please take our evaluation survey by June, 2016.

(May 24, 2016) Neighborhood Greenways are streets that prioritize people walking and bicycling and are the backbone of Portland's bicycle network. SE Clinton St has been a Neighborhood Greenway for over 20 years. The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation recently implemented updates to address increased auto volume and speed issues that were eroding the greenway's safety and comfort as part of the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project.

Test traffic calming devices were installed in three locations along SE Clinton, including median traffic diverter at SE 17th Ave, a semi-diverter at SE 32nd Ave and a one-way northbound conversion on SE 34th Ave. Staff has been gathering data, including traffic counts, to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes. A user-survey will also help staff and decision-makers determine if the changes should be made permanent and if additional modifications are needed to achieve necessary traffic speed and volume results.

Please take our evaluation survey by June, 2016 if you live, work or play near the project area and use SE Clinton. If you live on SE Clinton St, you can also request a Neighborhood Greenway Yard sign for your lawn.