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Severe Weather Advisory: PBOT urges public to use caution, clear sidewalks, do not abandon vehicles in winter conditions

(4 p.m. Jan. 4, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation warns the traveling public to be prepared for continued winter weather that may create hazardous traveling conditions overnight Monday night, into Tuesday morning.

Snow and ice accumulations since Sunday have begun to thaw. But a forecast of low temperatures, Columbia Gorge winds and rain on Monday night means the public should continue to exercise caution, especially when driving on hills and in high-elevation areas. Local weather and road conditions will vary considerably across Portland, so expect that the conditions you find when traveling could worsen along your route.

As the area thaws, it is important to remember that property owners are responsible for sidewalks adjacent to private property and driveways, including the removal of snow, ice, slippery leaves, and other debris.

“We all need to work together to clear the sidewalks by our homes and offices,” Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “The traveling public, especially people with disabilities and people who depend on public transit, rely on clear sidewalks to access jobs and important services.”

PBOT will again have extra crews working overnight. They will use plows and trucks to clear slushy areas and break up ice, to help expedite drying of road surfaces. They also will look for trouble spots and will be prepared to close lanes or roads as needed.

PBOT urges the public to use public transit and biking and walking if you can avoid hills and high-elevation areas. People driving are urged to use caution, slow down and do not abandon your vehicle in a travel lane. Vehicles blocking travel lanes can delay emergency responders and cause traffic congestion.

In addition:

  • If you choose to drive, stay with your vehicle in a snow and ice storm. Any abandoned vehicle creating a safety hazard is subject to being cited and towed. To locate your vehicle, call Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044. 
  • If you are driving and visibility and conditions are getting worse rapidly, do not stop in a travel lane. Look for an opportunity to pull off the road into a safe parking area and wait for conditions to improve. If you cannot reach your home, move your vehicle off a major street or plow route onto a side street so that plows can completely open up major streets.
  • If you become stuck or stranded in severe weather, stay with your vehicle for warmth and safety until help arrives. While you wait for help to arrive, open a window slightly for ventilation, run your motor sparingly, and use your emergency flashers.
  • Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other travelers. Keep your lights and windshield clean. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.
  • Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

For more travel tips, see PBOT’s winter travel web page:  http://bit.ly/wintertravelpdx 

PBOT also offers answers to frequently asked questions about the City’s preparations and response to snow and ice events and what the public should do before, during and after a storm. See: http://bit.ly/22GsFuj


A handful of roads remain closed Monday afternoon. Travelers must obey road closure signs for their own safety and for the safety of PBOT crews. PBOT makes road closure information available to the public. For the most current updates on road closures, follow PBOT's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo A Twitter account is not necessary to view the listings. PBOT's website will also be updated at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ with weather-related road closures in Portland between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Residents are advised to notify PBOT of abandoned vehicles, mud, rocks, trees, or branches blocking a road by calling our 24/7 maintenance dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700.

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Severe Weather Advisory: PBOT warns public to avoid travel, use caution, do not abandon vehicles in winter conditions

(Jan. 3, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation warns the traveling public to be prepared for winter weather that is creating hazardous traveling conditions.

Snow accumulations since Sunday morning are expected to remain on streets throughout the day and into the evening. People who are not experienced at driving in snow or icy conditions should avoid driving.

People driving are urged to use caution, slow down and do not abandon your vehicle in a travel lane. Vehicles blocking travel lanes can delay emergency responders and cause traffic congestion.

In addition:
* If you choose to drive, stay with your vehicle in a snow and ice storm. Any abandoned vehicle creating a safety hazard is subject to being cited and towed. To locate your vehicle, call Police Auto Records at 503-823-0044.

* If you are driving and visibility and conditions are getting worse rapidly, do not stop in a travel lane. Look for an opportunity to pull off the road into a safe parking area and wait for conditions to improve. If you cannot reach your home, move your vehicle off a major street or plow route onto a side street so that plows can completely open up major streets.

* If you become stuck or stranded in severe weather, stay with your vehicle for warmth and safety until help arrives. While you wait for help to arrive, open a window slightly for ventilation, run your motor sparingly, and use your emergency flashers.

* Turn on your lights to increase your visibility to other travelers. Keep your lights and windshield clean. Don't use cruise control or overdrive on icy roads.

* Do not pass snow plows and sanding trucks. The drivers have limited visibility, and you're likely to find the road in front of them worse than the road behind.

For more travel tips, see PBOT's web page: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/

Travelers must obey road closure signs for their own safety and for the safety of PBOT crews. In the event conditions prompt PBOT to close roads, the bureau will make that information available to the public. For the most current updates on road closures, follow PBOT's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo A Twitter account is not necessary to view the listings. PBOT's website will also be updated at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ with weather-related road closures in Portland between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Residents are advised to notify PBOT of abandoned vehicles, mud, rocks, trees, or branches blocking a road by calling our 24/7 maintenance dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700.

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Travel Advisory: NW Germantown Road remains closed to through traffic, with continued risk of hazardous conditions

(Dec. 28, 2015)  – The traveling public is advised to be alert for black ice on roadways this evening, especially in the West Hills. NW Germantown Road between Highway 30 and NW Skyline Boulevard, which was closed Sunday night because of downed trees and abandoned vehicles in the roadway, remains closed due to the continued risk of icy conditions. The roadway is expected to remain closed through Tuesday morning’s rush hour. Local access will be maintained for residents in the area. The public is encouraged to use alternate routes.

With temperatures expected to again drop to freezing this evening at high elevations in the Portland area, combined with already wet road surfaces, driving conditions can be hazardous.

Black ice is defined as ice that remains on roadways that are not subjected to direct sunlight. Black ice commonly forms on roads that wind around lakes and rivers, in tunnels, on overpasses and in highly shaded, rural areas. Black ice is almost invisible to the naked eye. Be especially careful when driving or riding into shaded areas, on bridges and overpasses, and on infrequently traveled roads. Slow down during your approach.

Anyone choosing to drive at high elevations in Portland during winter weather is encouraged to use caution, slow down, allow three times the normal distance to brake and stop safely, use headlights and share the road responsibly.

Additional information on winter weather travel can be found on PBOT’s website: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/47307

For the most current updates on road closures, follow PBOT's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo A Twitter account is not necessary to view the listings.

The City recommends Portlanders monitor conditions where they are traveling, watch the forecast, and use www.PublicAlerts.org as their source for emergency updates. The site provides links to street closures, highway road conditions, transit schedules and service alerts, and other emergency information.

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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

Holiday Parking Advisory for SmartPark Garages and On-street Meters

SmartPark Garages Closed on Christmas Day

On-street metered parking free on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

smartpark logo(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation SmartPark garages will close at 11 p.m. on Thursday, December 24, and remain closed on Christmas Day.  The garages will re-open on Saturday, December 26 at 5 a.m. The one exception is the O’Bryant Square SmartPark garage. This garage will close at 7 p.m. on Thursday, December 24 and will not re-open for regular business hours until Monday, December 28 at 6:30 a.m.

On-street metered parking will be free on Christmas Day and then resume normal business operation on December 26.

New Year’s Holiday

All SmartPark Garages will be open for regular business hours on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.  On-street parking will be free at the meters on New Year’s Day. Regular business hours and rates for on-street meters apply all other days.

The six City of Portland SmartPark parking garages include nearly 3,800 public parking spaces and serve shoppers, business clients and visitors to Downtown Portland. Contact Central Parking at (503) 790-9302 for questions related to SmartPark garage operating hours or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/smartpark.  

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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                   

Travel Advisory: High winds may lead to road hazards

(December 21, 2015) The Portland Bureau of Transportation warns the traveling public to be prepared for high winds that could create hazardous traveling conditions. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Portland area until 4:00 p.m. today with wind between 25 to 40 MPH and peak gusts of 45 to 65 MPH. Winds of this strength could make travel hazardous. Saturated soils from recent rain combined with unusually strong winds can damage or even uproot some trees and lead to road hazards.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) asks the traveling public, residents and businesses to take steps to reduce hazards associated with these conditions. Strong winds may bring fallen trees, tree limbs, and power lines in streets. Residents are advised to notify PBOT of debris, mud, rocks, trees, or branches blocking a road by calling our 24/7 maintenance dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700.

If travelers encounter a downed power line in the Portland area, they should report it to PGE at 503-464-7777. Never touch a downed power line. In fact, do not even get close. Even if a power line is not sparking, it could still be energized. Remember that water and electricity do not mix. Never try to free lines or to remove tree limbs from lines by yourself.

If a storm knocks out power to traffic signals, treat intersections like an all-way stop and proceed with caution. The driver who stops first has the right of way to go first.

In the event conditions prompt PBOT to close roads, the bureau will make that information available to the public. For the most current updates on road closures, follow PBOT's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo A Twitter account is not necessary to view the listings. PBOT's website will also be updated at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ with weather-related road closures in Portland between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Please consult PBOT’s website for the latest weather-related road closures in Portland. City crews are prepared to close streets and set up detour routes if necessary. Do not drive through standing water or around downed trees or power lines; instead, turn around safely and find an alternate route. Slow down when streets are wet, use your lights for increased visibility, stay away from puddles and be on the lookout for pedestrians and bicyclists, especially in low light conditions. Motorists who ignore street closures and drive through barricades face a fine of up to $1000.

During a severe weather event, many people may report the same incident. Residents may find it more convenient to report using the PDX Reporter App on Apple and Android smartphones. To report standing water on a roadway, use the category Plugged Storm Drain/Inlet. To report rock or mudslides or other debris blocking a travel lane, use the Debris in Roadway category. We strongly encourage the public to submit photos with their service requests, because that helps PBOT crews assess changing conditions as they respond to reports.

The City recommends Portlanders monitor conditions where they are traveling, watch the forecast, and use www.PublicAlerts.org as their source for emergency updates. The site provides links to street closures, highway road conditions, transit schedules and service alerts, and other emergency information.