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White markers indicate a crack at the top of a landslide widened from about 6 inches wide on Wednesday afternoon (at left) to about a foot wide on Thursday morning (at right). This is an indication of continued risk of additional slides at the site. Photos by Linda Goheen and Shawn Castrapel, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
(5:15 p.m., Thursday, March 16, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that West Burnside Road is expected to remain closed at least through Tuesday, March 21, as a hillside continues to threaten the roadway with the risk of more landslides. Work to clear the largest slide to affect a Portland street this winter is weather dependent, so the closure may last longer.
PBOT crews were executing a controlled slide of the area on Thursday, removing mud and large root balls piece by piece. PBOT rented an excavator with an extra-long arm, so crews could remove debris from the highest points of the 45-foot tall landslide, while keeping personnel a safe distance away. Foresters from Portland Parks & Recreation removed trees all morning and paused their work as PBOT crews with the excavator removed higher up debris to make the site safe.
"We're trying to pull the material down carefully and slowly," Suzanne Kahn, maintenance operations group manager. "Hopefully it doesn't decide to come down on it's own, like it did Wednesday morning. We don't want to take any more of the hillside down than needs to come down."
The public should stay away from the area until PBOT crews decide to reopen it next week. West Burnside is closed to people biking, walking or driving between NW Skyline Blvd and SW Barnes Road, near the Mount Calvary Cemetery. People driving through the area are encouraged to use U.S. 26 or NW Cornell Road as alternate routes, or consider public transit.
A signed detour guides westbound traffic to use SW Skyline to Barnes Road, then to West Burnside. Eastbound traffic is directed to SW Barnes, then SW Skyline before returning to West Burnside.
A number of factors require an extended road closure as crews deal with the largest landslide of the winter season:
• A crack at the top of the slide, about 45 feet above the roadway, widened from about 6 inches to about a foot, from Wednesday afternoon to Thursday morning. The slide area extends about 50 feet from the roadway, and about 120 feet long.
• Forecast weekend rain could increase the risk of landslides at the site, increasing the risk to City workers and the public.
• Water from the landslide has damaged the roadway. PBOT plans to make road repairs before reopening West Burnside. Permanent fixes, such as permanent pavement, may be scheduled for a later date, depending on weather conditions.
• The work is weather dependent, so the schedule may continue to change. Removal of more debris may reveal more risk and a need for more time to remove material.
PBOT crews removed 744 cubic yards of debris on Wednesday, 456 cubic yards on Thursday and expect to remove another 400 cubic yards or more on Friday. With more than 1,000 cubic yards of debris, this is by far the largest of the 42 landslides PBOT crews have responded to this winter. A landslide on SW Skyline Blvd in February displaced more than 600 cubic yards of debris.
PBOT crews using 12-yard dump trucks have hauled scores of loads from the site, and forestry crews have also hauled woody debris.
Winter storms and spring rain have taken a toll on hills in the Portland area. PBOT crews have responded to 42 landslides this season, through Wednesday.
The public should stay away from the area. We ask travelers to observe all street closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.
PBOT rented an extra long excavator to remove large rootballs debris piece-by-piece on Thursday, and allow crews to remain a safe distance away. Foresters are visible in this picture, ready to remove trees and woody debris when it is safe to do so. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation
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PORTLAND, OR -- Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Kaiser Permanente and Motivate, the operators of the BIKETOWN program announced that Kaiser Permanente will become the official and sole sponsor of BIKETOWN in the health insurance and health care facility operation category. This sponsorship builds on Kaiser Permanente’s longstanding commitment to supporting programs that promote healthy, sustainable transportation choices. Kaiser Permanente has been the lead sponsor of Portland Sunday Parkways since its inception in 2008 and sponsored the Portland SmartTrips Ten Toe Express walking program for ten years, beginning in 2005.
PBOT Commissioner Dan Saltzman said, “From the start, BIKETOWN has been a hit with Portlanders and visitors alike. Not only is BIKETOWN a great transportation option, but by getting people out and pedaling through Portland, it promotes public health. We’re excited to have Kaiser Permanente on board to help us spread this message and demonstrate the power of public-private partnerships.”
The sponsorship includes recognition for Kaiser Permanente on 25 BIKETOWN stations and in the BIKETOWN mobile app (see visuals below), as well as the opportunity for marketing co-promotions and special events. Kaiser Permanente is also joining BIKETOWN’s group membership program, promoting bike share membership and offering a discount to their employees.
“Kaiser Permanente’s mission is to improve the health of our communities, and that’s why BIKETOWN’s focus on active living and alternative transportation make it a natural partner for us,” said Keith Forrester, Vice President of Marketing, Sales and Business Development for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “We’re proud to be a part of this movement that’s helping Portlanders thrive.”
The additional funding will help support high-quality BIKETOWN operations year-round at no on-going cost to taxpayers.
“It’s clear that bike share is about more than just transportation, it also gives riders a sense of wellness -- physical and mental health,” said Jay Walder, President & CEO of Motivate. “We celebrate Kaiser Permanente’s commitment to BIKETOWN which will help get even more Portlanders involved in this healthy, fun way to get around.”
To date BIKETOWN currently has 2,745 annual members and has been accessed by 45,542 people, who have taken 189,320 trips totaling 375,121 miles. People can sign-up for BIKETOWN membership via the BIKETOWN app or by visiting BIKETOWNPDX.com.
Learn more about BIKETOWN at www.biketownpdx.com.
Kaiser Permanente stations are noted in the BIKETOWN mobile app and on the BIKETOWN web map. BIKETOWN riders can click through for more information about Kaiser Permanente’s services and other initiatives in Portland.
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
About Kaiser Permanente
Kaiser Permanente is committed to helping shape the future of health care. We are recognized as one of America's leading health care providers and not-for-profit health plans. Founded in 1945, Kaiser Permanente has a mission to provide high-quality, affordable health care services and to improve the health of our members and the communities we serve. We currently serve more than 11.3 million members in eight states and the District of Columbia, including more than 550,000 medical and 260,000 dental members in Oregon and Southwest Washington. Care for members and patients is focused on their total health and guided by their personal physicians, dentists, specialists and team of caregivers. Our expert and caring medical and dental teams are empowered and supported by industry-leading technology advances and tools for health promotion, disease prevention, state-of-the-art care delivery and world-class chronic disease management. Kaiser Permanente is dedicated to care innovations, clinical research, health education and the support of community health. For more information, go to: kp.org/share.
Nike is the founding partner of BIKETOWN and believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs, beginning with the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari.
Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities. Motivate operates over 75% of the bike share fleet in North America, including the four largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, and Hubway in the Boston area. Motivate will also be expanding bike share in the Bay Area to a 7,000 bike program called Ford GoBike this year. www.motivateco.com
(March 9, 2017) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Bureau of Environmental Services, the Portland Water Bureau, Portland Parks & Recreation, Multnomah County, the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, and Portland Streetcar announced Get Portland Moving, an ambitious effort to bring a new level of coordination to construction and maintenance projects on the streets of the Central Business District and Cully neighborhood.
Throughout 2017 and into 2018, the Central Business District will be the site of multiple projects to repair and replace aging streets, sewers, rail track beds and machinery, bridge structures and other important community assets throughout downtown.
While these important improvement projects will result in long-term gains for Portland and the greater region, the work will cause temporary disruptions for residents, businesses, and visitors in the short-term.
To lessen the construction impacts and to work more efficiently, the Get Portland Moving partners have come together to coordinate planned work on city streets, state highways, county bridges and transit lines. The partner agencies are aligning construction schedules to minimize competing demands and to maximize the opportunity to get as much work done in a specific area at the same time, saving time and avoiding the need to disrupt travel multiple times.
An example of this coordination is the retiming of the Bureau of Environmental Services’ major sewer repair work along SW Yamhill and SW Morrison streets, Multnomah County’s Burnside Bridge project and Portland Parks & Recreation’s project at the Pioneer Square South MAX Station. All of this work will be aligned with TriMet’s planned Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements project. This coordination will limit MAX service interruption to a single disruption from Sunday, April 30th through Saturday, May 20th. Members of the public can learn more at trimet.org/maximprovements. Portland Streetcar service will be disrupted during the first two weeks of the project.
In accordance with the City’s administrative rule on the safe accommodation of pedestrians and cyclists in and around construction zones, all partners have pledged to make safe access for people walking, biking and rolling a priority.
To provide the travelling public with up-to-date information about construction impacts, PBOT has partnered with Waze, the free, crowdsourced traffic and navigation app that helps users plan their trips. PBOT will share road closure information with Waze to communicate to its more than 175,000 monthly drivers in Portland. Road closures and suggested travel routes, as provided by Waze, will be available on the Waze app (available on smartphones) and online. Road closures, major project details, and additional information about Get Portland Moving can be found at: www.movepdx.net
To encourage commuters and visitors who are seeking alternatives to driving, BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share system, will be offering discounts to new riders during major closure events, such as the MAX disruption in downtown Portland in April - May.
“This construction season we’re going to have to go through some short-term pain for some long-term gain,” said Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman. “That is why Get Portland Moving is so critical. With eight agencies working together -- a really unprecedented level of coordination -- we minimize the disruptions and maximize the results for Portlanders. I am also very happy to have a private-sector partner like Waze on board to help us get Portlanders information they can use to plan their travels.”
“As the steward of our streets, PBOT has a responsibility to ensure that when construction work is done, it is done safely and efficiently. That is why we have spearheaded Get Portland Moving,” said Director Leah Treat. “I am especially pleased that all of the partners will be prioritizing safe access for people walking, biking and rolling during their projects in support of our regional Vision Zero initiative.”
"We will be working on repairs to three downtown bridges this year," said Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson. "We're working to minimize inconvenience to commuters by coordinating schedules so lanes will be closed on only two bridges at a time. We are also working with TriMet so that both agencies can complete repairs when the MAX station under the Burnside Bridge is closed this spring."
“By coordinating with TriMet, we will minimize disruption to the public and be able to condense several months of urgent repairs along Yamhill and Morrison streets into just nine weeks this spring,” said Environmental Services Director Mike Jordan. “Coordination allows us to maximize the amount of critical work we can get done on this corridor. Our investment to repair sewers that were built as long ago as 1880 will improve the reliability of our system in the downtown core, prevent disruptive sewer failures and protect the public, businesses and our environment.”
"TriMet thanks our partners for their cooperation and efforts to further reduce the impact to our riders by tackling their projects during our MAX improvements as their work would have otherwise led to separate disruptions,” said TriMet Chief Operating Officer Doug Kelsey. "We also want to thank our customers for their patience as we work to rejuvenate this 30+ year section of the MAX system, especially at SW 11th Avenue, which was originally the end of the community’s first ever MAX line. This work is necessary to improve the ride while increasing the resiliency of the system as we work to make MAX - and our entire transit system - better for our customers."
“This summer ODOT is widening U.S. 26, constructing safety projects across the region and will be installing more RealTime signs to provide drivers with up to the minute traffic info to choose the most efficient route,” said ODOT Region 1 Manger Rian Windsheimer. “Visit TripCheck.com to review your route and “Know Before You GO!”
“The Portland Water Bureau is pleased to work alongside our partners to make necessary infrastructure upgrades that will improve our city for the next generation of Portlanders,” said Portland Water Bureau Director Mike Stuhr.
“The long-awaited restoration of Pioneer Courthouse Square is underway and on schedule,” says Portland Parks & Recreation Director Mike Abbaté. “More than 70% of Portland voters approved the Parks Replacement Bond which makes the project possible. It is exciting to see the project proceed for the benefit of the 11 million visitors who visit and use the Square each year.”
The Cully neighborhood is also included as part of Get Portland Moving. Critical freight routes are located in Cully and a significant number of pavement restoration and signal and safety improvement projects will be undertaken in the area. By including Cully in the Get Portland Moving effort, partner agencies can improve coordination with neighborhood residents and Portland’s freight community.
Based on the results of the Get Portland Moving program in the central city and Cully, PBOT and its partners will plan how to expand this effort citywide in 2018.
UPDATE (5:15 a.m., Wednesday, March 8, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SW 13th Avenue and SW Market Street have now been reopened. Crews worked through the night to repair traffic signals damaged by an overturned tractor trailer and reopen the streets before the morning commute.
(5:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 7, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that repairing traffic signals damaged by an overturned tractor trailer will require some downtown road closures overnight and potentially affecting the Wednesday morning commute.
SW 13th Avenue is closed from SW Columbia Street to SW Market Street and will remain closed overnight. SW Market Street is also closed from SW 12th to SW 13th avenues, with traffic from U.S. 26 eastbound directed to travel south on SW 13th Avenue to SW Montgomery and SW 12th Avenue to return to SW Market Street eastbound.
SW Clay Street remains open for westbound travel through the area to U.S. 26.
We urge the public to use caution, expect delays and obey street closed signs in the area. Follow all directions from flaggers or other public safety personnel in the area.
(March 6, 2017) -- East Portland's first Speed Safety Cameras are now operational on SE Division Street and SE 122nd Avenue and will begin issuing warnings today to drivers who exceed the posted speed limits on those high crash corridors, the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced.
The goal of the Speed Safety Cameras is to reduce speeding and save lives. Safety cameras along SE 122nd Avenue and SE Division Street in East Portland start issuing warnings today to drivers who exceed the posted 30 mph speed limit along SE Division Street and the 35 mph speed limit along SE 122nd Avenue. The 30-day warning period will end on April 4, with citations starting the following day.
The safety cameras activation on SE Division comes just four days after the Portland City Council unanimously approved an emergency speed reduction from 35 mph to 30 mph that was proposed by Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT.
"Last year, we had more fatal crashes on our streets than we have had in more than a dozen years," Saltzman said. "That’s unacceptable, and it doesn’t have to be this way. The emergency speed reduction on SE Division, coupled with these safety cameras and more improvements coming soon, will save lives."
Transportation Director Leah Treat said the safety cameras are a key initiative in helping Portland reach Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating fatal and serious injury crashes.
"Safer streets for all Portlanders is my number one priority," Treat said. "Since we installed safety cameras on Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, we have seen people begin to change their behavior, which is key to really moving the needle on safety. And when people drive more slowly, our streets get safer."
Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson, Portland Fire Chief Mike Myers and Capt. Michael Crebs, of the Portland Police Traffic Division joined Saltzman and Treat at a news conference today to mark the activation of the cameras.
Cameras are being installed on SE Division sooner than expected, because the Portland City Council passed an emergency ordinance in December, calling for PBOT to fast-track safety improvements in the corridor after two fatal crashes there on Dec. 7.
More than half of deadly crashes occur on just 8 percent of Portland streets. These streets make up the High Crash Network. SE 122nd Avenue and SE Division Street in East Portland are among 30 High Crash Network corridors.
The rate of pedestrian crashes on SE 122nd Avenue is about 50 percent higher than the citywide average. Analysis of a decade’s worth of crash data found that more Portlanders were seriously injured or killed while driving on SE Division than on any other street.
Safety cameras have already proven their ability to dramatically reduce speeding in Portland. The first safety cameras in Oregon started issuing tickets on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway on Sept. 24, 2016, after a 30-day warning period.
The warnings reduced top-end speeding along the corridor, where about 25,000 vehicles travel each day and the speed limit is 40 mph:
Safety Cameras are a proven safety tool that can reduce dangerous speeding and save lives. The cameras are mounted along High Crash Corridors and when people driving past them exceed the posted speed limit, they capture photos and video for review by Portland Police. The cameras will issue warnings for the first 30 days of operation, and issue citations starting April 5. An officer from the Portland Police Bureau will review violations before a citation is issued. Penalties are the same as any other speeding violation. The typical speeding citation in Oregon is a Class C violation (11 to 20 mph in excess of the speed limit) resulting in a $160 fine.
By state law, any money received from the tickets can only be spent to pay for the program or for safety improvements.
The Speed Safety Cameras program provides ample warning to people driving in the area. State law requires speed signage and speed reader boards to be installed, warning drivers more than 100 yards in advance of the cameras in both directions. PBOT staff also conducted extensive outreach with local neighborhood associations as well as businesses and community organizations to raise awareness of the changes along the corridor, before the cameras were installed. Outreach will continue during the warning period.
In addition to the new cameras, PBOT is delivering additional safety and maintenance projects. For example, PBOT will enhance SE 122nd Avenue crossings by installing a rapid flashing beacon with pedestrian island and a crossing with a pedestrian hybrid beacon (also known as the High Intensity Activated crossWalK or HAWK) as well as construct new sidewalk and perform sidewalk repair.
Along SE Division, projects include:
The first Speed Safety Cameras in Oregon were installed on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway last fall after the City of Portland and community safety advocates convinced the state Legislature in 2015 to pass HB 2621, which allows them to be used on High Crash Corridors in the Portland city limits.
The fourth fixed speed safety cameras installation will be on NE Marine Drive later this year.
The City of Portland has been using other cameras to supplement speed enforcement for years, with police officers in vans enforcing speed limit violations. Portland also uses cameras to increase enforcement of red lights at traffic signals.
About Vision Zero: The death or serious injury of even one person on Portland streets is one too many. Vision Zero is the bold goal to eliminate traffic deaths and serious injuries from Portland streets by 2025. On December 1, 2016, Portland City Council unanimously adopted the Portland Vision Zero Action Plan, which was developed by a 26-member task force made up of agency and community leaders. The Action Plan includes 32 data-driven actions that address the top factors that contribute to fatal and serious injury crashes. The actions prioritize engagement with and investing in traditionally under-served communities. Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.