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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Winter Weather Travel Advisory: PBOT encourages the public to use caution, clear storm drains, as lingering freezing rain and rains continue overnight

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(5 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation encourages the traveling public to use caution as lingering freezing rain in East Portland and slushy conditions citywide could make travel challenging tonight and early Wednesday morning.

The National Weather Service has advised that freezing rain is likely to last the longest, with more ice accumulation, in areas East of Interstate 205. Drivers should be aware that freezing rain creates treacherous traveling conditions.


The public should be alert to tricky road conditions

  • Water ponding on streets may cause vehicles to hydroplane or splash nearby properties and people walking or biking. Slow down and look out for others.
  • Slick spots of lingering slush, especially in areas at high elevation, may cause slippery conditions for people driving, biking and walking.
  • Be aware that trees may begin to fall, after days of being laden with freezing rain and snow. Fallen trees may block roads or cut power lines. Clear limbs from travel lanes if you can safely. For large trees blocking travel lanes or sidewalks, call PBOT's maintenance dispatchers at 503-823-1700. Stay away from downed power lines, and call 9-1-1 to report them.


Do your part to help everyone Get Home Safe!

  • Mayor Ted Wheeler has said this storm presents a "community moment" when Portlanders should try to help make neighbors and fellow Portlanders safe.
  • Clear the storm drain near your home or business! With more than 58,000 storm drains citywide, we need everyone to help keep them clear so melted snow and ice can drain. Clogged storm drains cause water ponds along streets, causing vehicles to hydroplane, and splashing people biking and walking. Learn more about storm drains at PBOT's web site.
  • Everyone is urged to continue to clear sidewalks adjacent their home or business, as required by city code.
  • Be watchful for people walking and biking who are also trying to get around in hazardous, low visibility conditions. Travel safely and responsibly.

PBOT crews continue to work through the night to clear roads


  • PBOT crews will clear storm drains of slush and snow, making way for melting snow and ice to seep into the stormwater system and prevent street flooding. But with more than 58,000 citywide, we need the public's help to clear them too!
  • Tonight, PBOT crews will work to clear slush from primary and secondary plow routes.
  • Crews will also work to push frozen, rutted icy material from streets, pushing it away from travel lanes.