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News Release: PBOT launches Patch-a-thon to address potholes caused by winter storms

(Feb. 23, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has launched Patch-a-thon, a new initiative to fill the numerous potholes caused by this season's many winter storms.

As of Wednesday, PBOT had a backlog of more than 1,000 potholes that have been identified by residents and city crews. During Patch-a-thon, PBOT dedicates extra crews and resources to address the backlog. During normal operations, PBOT has two to three crews repairing potholes. During Patch-a-thon, this number will rise to 12 to 15 crews.

Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman helped kick off the effort by helping a crew fill a pothole on Thursday.

"PBOT crews worked through record snow and low temperatures this winter," Saltzman said. "Those winter storms left us with hundreds of potholes all over the city that residents are rightly concerned about. I encourage Portlanders to report potholes with as much detail as possible. And please be patient as we work through this backlog."

The first two days of Patch-a-thon are Thursday, Feb. 23 and Friday, Feb. 24. In the coming weeks, PBOT will hold a Patch-a-thon on those days when the weather permits effective and safe pothole repair. PBOT will continue Patch-a-thon until the winter pothole backlog has been cleared.

PBOT crews fill more than 8,000 potholes a year, working throughout the year. The work is weather dependent and crews are sometimes diverted to emergencies such as landslides. Heavy rain can cause potholes to fill with water, making the repairs less durable.

Portlanders are encouraged to report potholes by sending a detailed description and photos to PBOT dispatchers by email or by using the PDX Reporter App. They can also call 503-823-1700, PBOT's 24 hour maintenance line.

PBOT has also published an interactive pothole map, so that Portlanders can track Patch-a-thon's progress. The map shows potholes reported since Dec. 1, 2016, showing the backlog created by winter storms and low temperatures.

patch-a-thon map

Visit to view the Portland Patch-a-thon Pothole Map.

Traffic Advisory: West Burnside to be closed intermittently through Tuesday evening commute between NW Hermosa Blvd and NW Barnes Rd for landslide clearing

West Burnside landslide near Hermosa Blvd

(2:25 p.m., Feb. 21, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that West Burnside will be fully closed to all traffic between NW Hermosa Blvd and SW Barnes Road intermittently into the Tuesday evening rush hour to allow Portland Parks & Recreation tree crews to safely remove large trees from a landslide near the roadway.

Flaggers are guiding traffic through the work zone, where eastbound and westbound traffic is alternating the use of one lane. Workers are closing that one lane as needed this afternoon, and may need to continue that into the evening rush hour. 

Work hours had been planned to avoid morning and evening peak commute hours, to reduce the impact to the traveling public, while ensuring safe working conditions. Portland General Electric cut off power to the area to make it safe for tree removal. The work is taking longer than expected. Trees up to 100 feet tall are leaning over from the landslide, creating a hazard for the roadway.

People traveling in the area should use alternate routes, and consider using NW Cornell Road or U.S. 26. People walking or driving on West Burnside in the closure area should expect brief intermittent delays of up to 20 minutes at times as crews work to fell large trees. This stretch of road was the site of a landslide last week, and City engineers continue to monitor the area for further earth movement.

We ask the public to observe all lane closures and directions by signs, reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

Flagging traffic through the area and lane closures may be needed from time to time on Wednesday to restore power to the area.

News Blog: Vision Zero update: Timbers partnership, speed safety cameras, legislation, and DUII prevention move forward

Vision Zero Task Force meeting

The Vision Zero Task Force convenes their first meeting since Portland City Council adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan in December 2016.

By Matt Ferris-Smith, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Vision Zero Portland logo

(Feb. 16, 2017) – PBOT and partners are pursuing a variety of actions related to the recently adopted Vision Zero Action Plan.

Today, the Portland Timbers announced a partnership with the City of Portland and the Portland Bureau of Transportation to support Vision Zero through education, public service campaigns and direct communication with area students.

Over the next several weeks, PBOT will activate four additional speed safety cameras on SE Division Street and 122nd Avenue, and will continue supporting several proposed state laws that would improve traffic safety.

Proposed state legislation supporting Vision Zero include:

  • A state transportation funding package
  • More stringent distracted driving laws
  • Local authority to set speeds on Portland streets
  • Establishment of a state-level Vision Zero Task Force

PBOT has also identified funds to launch a DUII prevention program in downtown Portland that will include a private-for-hire voucher system and additional driver safety education opportunities.

Vision Zero Construction in 2017

Click to view an enlarged version of this list and map of safety projects going to construction in 2017 on the Vision Zero High Crash Network.


"My highest priority is the swift and effective implementation of our Vision Zero actions,” says PBOT Director Leah Treat, who chairs the Vision Zero Task Force, charged with overseeing Portland’s Vision Zero work.

Today, members of the Vision Zero Task Force convened their first meeting since Portland City Council adopted the Vision Zero Action Plan in December. Members discussed PBOT’s legislative priorities, general fund budget request, and 2017 capital safety projects. New Task Force members include Karis Stoudamire-Phillips, who leads corporate social responsibility for Moda Health, and Brook McCall, a public health professional and advocacy coordinator for the Oregon Spinal Cord Injury Connection.

PBOT is putting special focus on outer SE Division Street as part of its near-term multimodal safety strategy. The bureau is pursuing an emergency speed ordinance that could immediately drop the posted speed from 35 to 30 miles per hour. Under leadership from APANO and the Division Midway Alliance, Director Treat and Commissioner Saltzman are joining a community listening session on Feb. 23 to inform future outreach and capital projects in the area.

In addition to Division Street, PBOT will start or complete capital safety projects on 12 High Crash Network streets in 2017. Projects include changes to outer NE Glisan Street, where PBOT is analyzing reorganizing the travel lanes and will install enhanced crossings.

News Release: Sunday Parkways announces 10th Anniversary Season of the popular open streets event. New route in Outer Northeast Portland is debuted.

 Sunday Parkways 2017 logo

News Release:

Sunday Parkways announces 10th Anniversary Season of the popular open streets event. New route in Outer Northeast Portland is debuted.

(Feb. 14, 2017) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente announced the schedule for the tenth season of Sunday Parkways today. The milestone season will include five traffic-free events highlighting five different Portland neighborhoods and will include a new route in the Gateway area of outer northeast Portland.

“Since 2007, Portlanders have been able to explore their neighborhoods by walking, biking and rolling thanks to Sunday Parkways,” said Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees PBOT. “In every neighborhood and at every event, we discover a new reason to fall in love with our city all over again. But what makes it truly wonderful is that Sunday Parkways is open to everyone. I look forward to celebrating ten years of Sunday Parkways this year with Portlanders of all ages and abilities.”

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente kicks off its tenth year on May 21, 2017 in Southeast Portland. The 10th summer of celebrating Portland’s open streets will finish on September 24, 2017 with the Sellwood/Milwaukie event. Portlanders will have the opportunity to officially wish Sunday Parkways a happy tenth birthday at the North Portland Sunday Parkways on June 25, 2017.

“Not only is it Valentine’s Day, it’s American Heart Month so there’s no better time to think about ways to improve your heart health,” said Ruth Chang, MD, a family practice physician with Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “Sunday Parkways offers two great things for your heart – physical activity, and the chance to spend time with your family and neighbors exploring our beautiful city. My kids, husband, and I will be out there and we hope you will be too!”

After nine successful seasons of Sunday Parkways, organizers know that Sunday Parkways participants are incorporating biking and walking into their everyday mobility as a result of the events. All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called neighborhood greenways as well as City parks ideal for bicycling and walking. The new Outer Northeast route in August will introduce participants to an often overlooked neighborhood with majestic parks and quiet, livable streets.

Sunday Parkways chose to work with the outer northeast neighborhoods as part of the Gateway to Opportunity program. Thanks to Gateway to Opportunity, this area will see new investments in pedestrian and bike facilities in the next few years. These projects include the 130’s neighborhood greenway, the Holladay-Oregon-Pacific (HOP) neighborhood greenway, the Halsey-Weidler Streetscape Project and Outer Halsey Streetscape Project among other improvements to make it safer and more comfortable to get around the area. The new Sunday Parkways route will highlight five beautiful parks including Knott, John Luby, Thompson, East Holladay, and Hazelwood Hydro Parks and five different schools.

“We really have something to celebrate this year,” said Leah Treat. “10 years of Sunday Parkways! 10 years of opening our streets and helping Portlanders discover the joys of walking, biking and rolling through their neighborhoods. Like so many other Portlanders, Sunday Parkways is one of the things I love best about our city. I can’t wait to get out there with my family and friends this summer.”


The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2017:

Southeast Portland

May 21, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (7 miles)

North Portland – Tenth Anniversary Celebration

June 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (9.5 miles)

Northeast Portland

July 23, 11a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles)

Outer Northeast Portland – New Route for 2017

Aug. 20, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (6 miles)


September 24, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. (8 miles)

Sunday Parkways Routes 2017

Community groups and vendors interested in participating in Sunday Parkways, or volunteers who want to help make it happen, should contact PBOT at 503-823-7599 or

PBOT organizes Sunday Parkways, working with our presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Clif Kid, and Bike Gallery who have been with Sunday Parkways since day one, and returning partners and sponsors AAA Oregon/Idaho, Whole Foods, NW Natural, IKEA, Umpqua Bank, PGE, and AARP of Oregon.

New partners to date for the 2017 Sunday Parkways are New Season, Lorissa’s Kitchen, and HomeAdvisor. PBOT and other public funds cover a third of the program costs, and two-thirds of funding comes from sponsors, vendors and individual supporters.

For more information, including route maps, visit or call 503-823-7599.


About Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Total attendance for the ten years has topped 690,000 over 38 Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. Learn more at

News Blog: Livable Streets: What does placemaking mean to you?

Livable Streets: What does placemaking mean to you?

Take our survey!

3rd Ave Better Block PDX

Livable Streets LogoWhy do we love placemaking?
Because it means something unique to each of us and it allows us to develop programs, projects and events that capture a community's unique history and character.
To help ensure we are capturing the spirit of placemaking; we asked our Stakeholder Advisory Committee - what does placemaking and Livable Streets mean to you? 

And this is what they said:

What placemaking means to the SAC

Now it is your turn:

What does Livable Streets mean to you? Click here to share your answer with the Livable Streets Project Team. 

Have any questions? 

Sarah Figliozzi, Livable Streets Project Manager
Active Transportation and Safety Division
(503) 823-0805