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PBOT Traffic Advisory: PBOT reopens West Burnside early after crews fix landslide damage, improve pavement

Paving crew on West Burnside

Dump trucks line up to bring asphalt to West Burnside, where PBOT crews repaved the roadway on Thursday March 23, 2017, providing preventive maintenance that could last as long as 20 years with proper maintenance. Photo by Linda Goheen, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(9:15 a.m., Friday, March 24, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation has reopened West Burnside Road the traveling public earlier than expected, after the largest landslide of the season led to a closure March 15. The road had been expected to be reopened by 4 p.m. today.

After removing 1,380 cubic yards of debris from the road and hillside late last week, crews kept the road closed to make repairs to broken parts of the street. They also extended the closure several days to be able to repave the street, preventing the need for more road closures in coming weeks and more costly reconstruction years later.

PBOT maintenance crews worked 14-hour days to clear the slide, and continued 12-to-14 hour shifts in rain showers this week to get the street ready for a forecast sunny day on Thursday. Dry conditions are necessary for new pavement to cure properly.

"Our crews never cease to amaze me with their dedication to the public," said Leah Treat, director of PBOT. "Many of the same people who drove snow plows for 12 hours a day this winter have continued to work extraordinary shifts to make the most of the handful of dry days we have had this spring. As we did on West Burnside, we will continue to work strategically, as long as the weather cooperates, to fill the backlog of potholes that have been frustrating Portlanders across the city."

PBOT would also like to thank Multnomah County for providing access to its disposal yard near West Burnside. That saved time, as it prevented PBOT from having to send more than 100 dump truck loads to its usual disposal site east of Interstate 205.

Video of PBOT crews workingVIDEO of PBOT crews using a long excavator March 16 to remove root balls, soil and other debris from the landslide. See PBOT's YouTube account.

 

Paving crew on West Burnside

Crews placed asphalt at a rate of 45 feet per minute on Thursday, with detail work to carefully smooth out the hot material along the way and rollers following close behind. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Sinkhole repairs and pavement improvements

Persistent rain has delayed pavement projects and pothole repairs all spring. For example, after weeks of rain delays, PBOT crews worked on Sunday March 19 to take advantage of a sunny day to start a paving project on NE 122nd Avenue, between NE Halsey and NE Stanton.

On West Burnside, PBOT crews scrambled to make the most of a sunny day on Thursday to repair sinkholes and potholes and lay new pavement on West Burnside from SW Skyline to the city limits near SW Barnes Road. Grinding and repaving a half-mile stretch of road often takes a week or more. But with overtime and additional staffing drawn from other work, PBOT was able to repave nearly two lane miles of roadway in three days. One lane mile is equivalent to one 12-foot wide lane, one mile long.

PBOT combined two paving crews and used other staff who normally do other Maintenance Operations work to help with the effort, which included:

  • About 40 people, including truck drivers and crews leaders;
  • 1,600 tons of asphalt;
  • 19 dump trucks;
  • 2 paving machines;
  • 4 rollers.

To reopen the roadway as soon as possible, crews installed temporary lane markings. They will return with permanent striping in coming weeks when weather conditions allow.

Crews also improved drainage in areas where stormwater was not draining properly into roadside storm drains.

In addition, there were several places where the base underneath the pavement had been compromised and needed to be replaced. When roads need such base repairs, they often appear to have wavy surfaces that distract drives, collect rain and form potholes.

PBOT crews removed 1,380 cubic yards of debris on Wednesday through Friday. 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.

Pennie Nielsen drives a dump truck 

Pennie Nielsen drives a dump truck most days, and a snowplow in the recent snow storms. With 24 years at PBOT, she was one of about 40 crew members working to repair and repave West Burnside this week. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation, March 23, 2017.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

The City of Portland complies with all non‐discrimination, Civil Rights laws including Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-5185, TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service: 711 with such requests, or visit http://bit.ly/13EWaCg

UPDATE: NW Skyline has been reopened early between West Burnside and NW Cornell Road

grinding west burnside

PBOT crews grind away damaged asphalt on West Burnside on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. On Thursday, March 23, crews will repave approximately 2 lane miles from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

UPDATE 5 p.m. Thursday, March 23: NW Skyline has been reopened early between West Burnside and NW Cornell Road

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PBOT Traffic Advisory:

NW Skyline will be closed between West Burnside and NW Cornell on Thursday, March 23, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(Wednesday, March 22, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that NW Skyline will be closed between West Burnside Road and NW Cornell Road on Thursday, March 23, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. to ensure work zone safety while PBOT crews repave approximately 2 lane miles on West Burnside Road. Local traffic will be able to access NW Skyline Boulevard from the north via NW Cornell Road.

The largest landslide to affect a Portland street this winter occurred on West Burnside between NW Skyline Boulevard and SW Barnes Road at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 15. The road has been closed since then.

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 will guide westbound traffic to use SW Skyline Blvd to Barnes Road, then to West Burnside. Eastbound traffic will be directed to SW Barnes, then SW Skyline before returning to West Burnside.

We ask travelers to observe all street closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather dependent and the schedule is subject to change.

Traffic Advisory: West Burnside may reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, after PBOT crews fix landslide damage, sinkholes and pavement

Shawn at West Burnside

PBOT crew member Shawn Castrapel shows an area where stormwater was not draining properly into a city storm drain. Improvements to drainage in the coming days will prevent West Burnside from deteriorating and reduce the need for future road closures for maintenance. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.
 

PBOT Traffic Advisory:

West Burnside may reopen at 4 p.m. Friday, after PBOT crews fix landslide damage, sinkholes and pavement

(4 p.m., Tuesday, March 21, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that West Burnside Road is expected to remain closed at least through Friday afternoon. The soonest the roadway will be reopened is 4 p.m. on Friday, March 24, after crews work to repair and improve the road after a recent landslide.

Crews may reopen Burnside at 4 p.m. Friday, but the work is weather dependent, so the schedule may change and the closure may last longer.

Sinkhole repairs and pavement improvements

Crews undertaking multiple repairs to improve the condition of West Burnside this week. They are repairing two sinkholes and several potholes. They are improving drainage in areas where stormwater was not draining properly into roadside storm drains.

In addition, there are several places where the base underneath the pavement has been compromised and needs to be replaced. When roads need such base repairs, they often appear to have wavy surfaces that distract drives, collect rain and form potholes.

PBOT is also using this closure as an opportunity to replace the top layer of pavement. Repaving the street will prevent potholes from occurring and prevent the need for a more expensive rebuild later on.

"We don't want to have to come back and repair West Burnside again in two weeks,” said Suzanne Kahn, maintenance operations group manager for PBOT. “With a few more days, we can leave the road in condition that will last one more decade rather than a few more weeks."

Crews are assessing what damage resulted from the slide and what stems from poor pavement condition. Crews from Portland General Electric and other utilities have been in the area this week, locating and protecting their infrastructure as PBOT crews dig into the roadway to make street improvements.

Crews from many agencies Burnside

Crews from Portland General Electric as well as PBOT worked in the area of the West Burnside landslide. This photo is from Monday March 20. Photo by Linda Goheen, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Closure area & detour

The largest landslide to affect a Portland street this winter occurred at about 7 a.m. Wednesday, March 15. The road has been closed since then.

The public should stay away from the area until PBOT crews decide to reopen it. 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.

1,380 cubic yards removed

PBOT crews removed 1,380 cubic yards of debris on Wednesday through Friday. 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 March 15.

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.

Sinkhole West Burnside

PBOT crews are repairing multiple sinkholes today on West Burnside, including this one beside a storm drain. Such repairs will improve the road's condition and reduce the need for more expensive rebuilds and road closures in the future. Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

News Blog: How should Safe Routes to School spend $8 Million? Share your feedback at an Open House!

srts open house

“That was a very cool event, and oh so nice to see citizens being asked how they can make their communities better.” 

– Adrienne, a Beverly Cleary parent

 

(March 20, 2017) Two successful Safe Routes to School open houses are complete, but there are seven more to go!

We look forward to seeing YOU at your high school cluster open house. We need to hear from you how to spend $8 million on safety projects near schools. 

Through the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Fixing Our Streets program, Safe Routes to School is expecting to make a large investment in safety improvements around Portland schools in the next few years. This spring we're asking families to help us figure out what is needed most in your high school cluster.

do you walk bike roll

The Safe Routes to School program is hosting open house events across the city to listen to families about their routes to school and the barriers they face. At the most recent events, families from the Grant and Roosevelt High School clusters talked about speeding drivers, difficult crossings and arrival/dismissal traffic concerns. While at the open house, parents expressed why they walked or rolled...or didn't; what was their number one safety concern; and how far they would go out of their way for a safer crossing. They also drew their routes on school maps and learned just how much it costs to create their perfect intersection. 

Portland Public Schools was also there to share information about their www.SafeRoutesPDX.org web app that lets families share their safety  concerns online. We were also thrilled to have our friends from the organization Oregon Walks at the open house to invite families to join their upcoming community walks. Visit www.oregonwalks.org to see the schedule.

If your student attends a Portland Public or Parkrose school, we are hosting open house events (see the schedule below).

If you are not sure which high school cluster contains your school, check our list here.

  • Franklin - Tuesday, March 21 from 6-8pm - Arleta School, 5109 SE 66th Ave
  • Cleveland - Tuesday, April 4 from 6-8pm - Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Place
  • Madison - Wednesday, April 12 from 6-8pm - Scott School, 6700 NE Prescott
  • Parkrose - Tuesday, April 18 from 6-8pm - Parkrose MS, 11800 NE Shaver
  • Jefferson - Thursday, April 20 from 6-8pm - Ockley Green MS, 6031 N Montana
  • Wilson - Tuesday, April 25 from 6-8pm - Jackson MS, 10625 SW 35th Ave
  • Lincoln - Tuesday, May 2 from 6-8pm - Lincoln HS, 1600 SW Salmon St

Does your student attend a school in David Douglas, Reynolds, or Centennial school district (within the Portland city limits)? Safe Routes to School coordinators will be organizing various outreach events with the school community in these areas to gather feedback. Contact your coordinator for more information:

David Douglas - Xao Xiong, xao.xiong@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5358

Reynolds (Alder, Glenfair, & Margaret Scott) - Janis McDonald,  janis.mcdonald@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5358

Centennial (Lynch View, Lynch Wood, Oliver, & Parklane) - Janis McDonald,  janis.mcdonald@portlandoregon.gov, 503-823-5358

 

About Fixing Our Streets

On May 17th, 2016, Portland voters passed Measure 26-173, Portland’s first local funding source dedicated to fixing our streets. Measure 26-173 will raise an estimated $64 million over four years.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will invest this money in a wide variety of street improvement and safety projects across the entire city. Fixing Our Streets will help PBOT expand preventive street maintenance that saves money and prevents potholes. It will support our work to make it safer for children to walk to school. It will allow us to build more sidewalks, traffic signals, street lights and bike lanes.

In approving Measure 26-173, voters also voted for a transparent, accountable and efficient program. Click through each section to learn more about the projects included in this program - or visit the Fixing Our Streets interactive map.  Questions or comments about Fixing Our Streets may be submitted to: fixingourstreets@portlandoregon.gov.

 

PBOT Traffic Advisory: West Burnside to remain closed through at least Tuesday, as landslide risk continues

Crack above West Burnside
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."

VIDEO of PBOT crews using a long excavator to remove rootballs, soil and other debris from the landslide. See PBOT's YouTube account.

Excavator on West Burnside

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.

Excavator on West Burnside

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation


The City of Portland complies with all non‐discrimination, Civil Rights laws including Civil Rights Title VI and ADA Title II. To help ensure equal access to City programs, services and activities, the City of Portland will reasonably modify policies/procedures and provide auxiliary aids/services to persons with disabilities. Call 503-823-5185, TTY 503-823-6868 or Oregon Relay Service: 711 with such requests, or visit http://bit.ly/13EWaCg