(February 5, 2014) – With the potential for snow and freezing rain in the forecast into the weekend, the Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public to use caution, consider taking public transit and stay apprised of the potential for rapidly changing conditions.
In preparation for potential for snow and ice in the area, the transportation bureau has applied deicer on major routes as well as bridges and overpasses, has crews patrolling high-elevation areas and will continue to assess road conditions in real time. The public is advised to prepare for snow and ice, and be aware that conditions from a single storm can vary throughout the region because of the area’s unique weather patterns and geography.
“Our crews have been preparing for events like this since October,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We need the public to stay alert, be prepared and use caution. We encourage people to use public transit during storm events. When biking or walking, wear high-visibility clothing and be careful on surfaces that could be slick.”
The transportation bureau applies a liquid deicer, prioritizing known hazard areas, such as bridges and overpasses, and the city’s busiest streets and transit routes. The bureau advises people who live or work in hilly areas to carry snow chains, practice using them and be ready to use them at any time this winter. Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks along their homes or businesses to ensure safe passage for the public.
The city urges motorists not to abandon vehicles in a travel lane, an occurrence that has happened in previous storms. Abandoned vehicles exacerbate traffic congestion and block vehicles needed for police, fire and public transit. Any abandoned vehicle is subject to being cited and impounded.
The transportation bureau posts updates at its twitter feed, @PBOTinfo and offers a variety of safety tips on its web site portlandoregon.gov/transportation and on PublicAlerts.org
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