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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Sidewalk Closure Guidelines

If your proposed work will impact sidewalk accessibility, your traffic control plan needs to accommodate a safe ADA-compliant pedestrian walkway.

  • Create a plan that maintains safe pedestrian access instead of closing a sidewalk and detouring pedestrians.
  • Acceptable plans include overhead protection (i.e. scaffolding or pedestrian tunnel), or a protected walkway in the on-street parking spaces.
  • By avoiding pedestrian detours and maintaining safe pedestrian accessibility adjacent to construction sites, you can help PBOT meet our Vision Zero goals. 

Sidewalk accessibility planning resources:

 Click here to view a typical site, showing PBOT's hierarchy of pedestrian treatments. 

Overhead Protection with Pedestrian Tunnel:



Protected Walkway in the on-street parking spaces:



The Permit Center Transportation Counter
1900 SW 4th Ave. 1st Floor, Portland, OR 97201
Phone: 503.823.7365  Fax: 503.865.3442  Email:
Open: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thurs 8:00 a.m. to Noon