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Dylan Rivera

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Information about ODOT's I-84/I-5 improvements

Starting Sunday, July 8th at 10 p.m., the Oregon Department of Transportation will close the ramp that connects I-5 southbound to I-84 eastbound. The ramp will remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday, July 23. ODOT forecasts significant delays on area highways. The congestion will likely spill over to city streets.

City streets, even in the grid pattern that Portland is famous for, were not built to handle the volumes of traffic that these closures will bring.

Check ODOT’s website to see where the closures are and if they’re close to your commute route, whether you bike, walk, drive, or take transit. If you have concerns about the project, ODOT has a line for public feedback at 503-731-4663. 

Traffic Advisory: Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project continues with full road rebuild from SE 82nd Ave to SE 91st Avenue starting on Monday, July 9

(July 5, 2018) The next stage of the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project construction begins on Monday, July 9, with the excavation, roadbed rebuild and paving of SE Foster Road between SE 82nd Avenue and SE 91st Avenue.

Work will begin on July 9 on the north side of Foster Road (westbound) between SE 84th/Ellis to approximately SE 89th Ave and will last for approximately two weeks. During all hours and all days, only one lane of travel will be open in each direction on Foster Road, as well as intersections at SE Ellis Street and SE 84th Avenue. All other north side street connections (SE 86th, SE 87th, and SE 88th) will be closed for the two week construction period. During the south side construction, beginning on approximately July 23 and lasting for two weeks, south side street connections (SE 85th, SE 86th, SE 87th and SE 88th) will be closed for the duration of the work. ADA accessible pedestrian crossings will be provided at SE 82nd, SE 87th and SE 90th during road construction. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

Road excavation and construction for the portion of Foster Road from SE 82nd to SE Ellis/84th Avenue will occur in August.

During construction, PBOT asks the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

The Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project will deliver a street that is safer and more attractive for people walking, biking, taking transit and driving. With improved crosswalks and other safety features, wider sidewalks, modern signals, new pavement, 190 street trees and new decorative street lights, the project will transform Foster Road into an inviting thoroughfare that supports a vibrant commercial district and enhances the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The project extends from SE 50th Avenue to the western edge of the Lents Town Center at SE 91st Avenue. The changes to the street and urban design will transform Foster Road from a high-speed, auto-oriented corridor into a more balanced streetscape that is safer and more accessible for people walking, biking, taking public transit and driving. Additionally, the new design will support and enhance the growing mix of businesses and residences in the neighborhood.

Funding for the $9 million project comes from the Fixing our Streets Program, the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal District, Portland Transportation System Development Charges and a Metro grant. Learn more and sign up for email updates about construction progress and upcoming community events at SaferFoster.com

Foster is open for business during construction! PBOT encourages neighbors and summer event enthusiasts to support these and other Foster / Lents community events:

In coordination with the Foster Area Business Association (FABA), business promotions and specials will be promoted on SaferFoster.com and Facebook (www.facebook.com/pbotinfo) throughout the summer.

In addition, Prosper Portland may be able to provide a loan, grant or technical assistance to qualified businesses and property owners on Foster Road for the purpose of growing their business, improving their place of business or redeveloping their commercial property. Call or email Nixie Stark at Prosper Portland to learn more. Nixie Stark (503) 823-0465 StarkN@ProsperPortland.us

News Release: PBOT launches application for four-month e-scooter pilot program

The first such pilot in Oregon, shared electric scooters could begin operating in Portland by the end of July.

(July 5, 2018) Permit applications for the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s 120-day Shared Electric Scooter Pilot Program opened today, inviting shared electric scooter companies to apply to participate in the program. The first such pilot in Oregon, shared electric scooters could begin operating in Portland by the end of July.

The Transportation Bureau will use the 120-day pilot to help the City determine whether Shared Electric Scooters, also known as e-scooters, can support Portland’s mobility, equity, safety, and climate action goals. The total number of e-scooters allowed to operate in the city will be capped at 2,500, with a requirement that companies deploy approximately 20 percent of their fleet each day in East Portland. Applications for participating in the pilot are due by July 12, with permit issuance scheduled for late July.

Throughout the Pilot Program, Shared Scooter companies will be expected to report on and mitigate impacts in several areas of concern. These include (but are not limited to): Safety and access for people walking, safety and access for people with disabilities and compliance with state law (including helmet requirements and the prohibition on sidewalk riding).

Through public engagement and program evaluation, City officials will determine whether and under what circumstances electric scooter sharing may be permitted to continue operating in the public right-of-way after the Pilot Program has ended. The bureau will use anonymized trip data analysis, user surveys, and intercept surveys to understand the potential benefits and burdens of e-scooter operations in Portland in relation to the City’s equity, mobility, and climate action goals.

Shared Electric Scooters are an emerging technology and shared mobility service. The first systems in the U.S. launched in 2017. Like bikeshare programs, the service provides scooters available to rent for one-way trips for a fee. To begin a rental, companies typically require customers to download an app or text a number to unlock the device. To end a trip, customers park the scooter in the service area in the furnishings zone. The scooters typically do not lock to anything.

Electric scooters are powered exclusively by an electric motor, and in Portland, companies will be required to cap the maximum speed to 15 MPH. Per State law, people using electric scooters are allowed on Portland city streets, multi-use paths and in bike lanes. Oregon Vehicle Code prohibits people using electric scooter on the sidewalk and in crosswalks. In addition, people using electric scooters are required to wear a bicycle helmet. Youth under age 16 are prohibited from riding electric scooters. While riding an electric scooter, users are required to yield to people walking and people with disabilities.

Traffic Advisory: Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp from northbound SW Naito Parkway closed to motor vehicle traffic July 3 – 7 for Waterfront Blues Festival

This is the third year PBOT has implemented this closure for the safety of festival-goers.

(July 3, 2018) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the traveling public that the Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp from northbound SW Naito Parkway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from July 3 at 8:00 p.m. through July 8 at 5:00 a.m., for all hours, all days. The closure will help create safe access for people to travel to and around the Waterfront Blues Festival. This is the third year PBOT has implemented this closure for the safety of festival-goers. The Hawthorne Bridge will remain open to all users.

To support the on-ramp closure, one right turn lane will be closed on SW Harbor Drive and one northbound travel lane on SW Naito Parkway will be removed starting at SW Market Street. Motor vehicle traffic heading northbound on SW Naito Parkway to the Hawthorne Bridge will be detoured to the Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp on SW Madison Street. The detour route will direct northbound motor vehicle traffic on SW Naito Parkway to turn west onto SW Clay Street, then north on SW 2nd Avenue, turn east onto SW Madison Street, and onto to the Hawthorne Bridge.

The Waterfront Blues Festival is expected to draw 100,000 people between July 4 to July 7; roughly 25,000 people per day. The northbound single lane conversion and Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp closure is intended to create a safer way for people to get to and around Waterfront Park and will connect with the existing Better Naitoconfiguration. During the Festival, Better Naito will extend an additional four blocks from SW Main Street to SW Clay Street. 

Traveling downtown by car? Park affordably and conveniently at one of PBOT's five SmartPark garages. Alternatively, skip the traffic altogether and take BIKETOWN to the Blues Festival. Use the code BLUES18 to receive $5 OFF any plan. Redeem the discount at biketownpdx.com or by using the BIKETOWN app.

PBOT News Release: Last Thursdays on Alberta street festival opens for art and family fun, 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, June 28

(June 26, 2017) This Thursday will be the start of the Last Thursdays on Alberta street festival on NE Alberta Street, which will close the road to all motor vehicle, bicycle and bus traffic from 6 to 9 p.m., and open it for the popular community event.

This year, there will be three events, on June 28, July 26, and August 30, from 6 to 9 p.m. each evening.

The event is on NE Alberta Street, between NE 15th and 30th avenues. The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites all Portland families, artists, and neighbors to enjoy the vibrant street scene and support local businesses and artists.

This year, Last Thursdays on Alberta will celebrate its tradition as a fun, family-friendly showcase of grassroots art and music. Portland is a place where neighbors and friends meet in our streets to enjoy life outside. PBOT is committed to supporting a vibrant and livable city.

Last Thursdays on Alberta is a celebration of grass roots art, food, and culture. This year, there will be new features at the event in partnership with Alberta Art Works and Indigenous Come UP. These features will provide opportunities to make crafts, learn about using salvaged materials at home, and learn about our cultural history.

This year will have some special new features:

  • Alberta Art Works will have special programming at four places in the festival, at NE 17th, 19th, 23rd, and 25th avenues. These four areas will feature voices from the neighborhood. In June, Last Thursdays proudly features local South Asian dancers the Gulabi Gang, the Unpresidented Brass Band, and a tiki bar bike. In July, the four areas will feature Kutatonon's young African dancers, fire performers at the Big Red Bus, and the Revolution Choir. Look for colorful flags marking the performance areas.
  • A Native American crafting circle will gather on the north side of the 21st and Alberta St. intersection. Stop by to make some crafts! Then, check out the Native American art that will be located in this area.

Last Thursdays on Alberta is part of PBOT’s Portland in the Streets effort that uses our largest public space - our streets - as a gathering place where neighbors come together, support local businesses and encourage creativity.

People who plan to visit NE Alberta Street this Thursday are encouraged to take public transit, bike, take BIKETOWN, or walk to the area. Attendees are reminded to be courteous to the surrounding neighborhood. Please park with consideration and limit the level of noise when returning home after the event.

Vendors are asked to register at www.lastthurspdx.org.

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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