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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SW US Veterans Hospital Road from SW Gibbs Street to SW Gaines Street begin Sunday, May 20

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.16 lane miles of pavement.

(May 19, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements scheduled on SW US Veterans Hospital Road from SW Gaines Street to SW Gibbs Street will require lane closures starting Sunday, May 20 and continuing through Saturday, May 26, 2018, from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day and weekend.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.16 lane miles of pavement.

Travel on SW US Veterans Hospital Road will only be open to vehicles heading northbound from SW Gaines Street to SW Gibbs Street while the project is underway.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made.  We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

News Blog: Major transportation improvements coming to East Portland through PBOT's East Portland Access to Employment and Education Project

While Portland Bureau of Transportation crews jump into the 2018 construction season, the planning and design of future projects continues as the bureau looks toward 2019. One such project is the East Portland Access to Employment & Education (EPAEE) project.

SE Morrison between SE 154th & SE 155th

SE Morrison between SE 154th & SE 155th. The EPAEE project intends to pave this street as part of the 150s Bikeway improvements. Photo by Steve Szigethy, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(May 8, 2018) While Portland Bureau of Transportation crews jump into the 2018 construction season, the planning and design of future projects continues as the bureau looks toward 2019. One such project is the East Portland Access to Employment & Education (EPAEE) project. EPAEE is a comprehensive, Metro-funded project dedicated to improving East Portlanders' access to public transit, parks, schools, and community centers. The project is currently in the early design phase and is scheduled to begin construction in the summer of 2019. PBOT applied for funding for this project based on needs articulated by East Portland Action Plan members and engaged community residents through East Portland in Motion. The project is funded by $5.5 million Metro grant and $1 million in system development charges.  

What do we mean when we say “Access to Employment & Education”? Our goal is to enhance access to major employment hubs and business districts including the Gateway Regional Center, Mall 205, Halsey-Weidler Business District, Division-Midway District and the Rosewood Initiative District. The project will also improve walking and biking access to eight public schools including David Douglas High School, Floyd Light Middle School, Sacramento Elementary and Glenfair Elementary School. Public transit access improvements will help residents connect to more distant employment and education centers including downtown Portland, Clackamas County, Portland International Airport and the Columbia Corridor, via light rail or bus. Finally, the project will connect to major community open spaces including Gateway Discovery Park, Kelly Butte, Glenfair Park, Parklane Park and eight additional neighborhood parks. 

As part of this project PBOT intends to: 

  • Complete missing sidewalks: SE Market from 92nd to 130th and SE Cherry Blossom from Washington to Market 
  • Pave unimproved streets: SE Morrison between 154th & 155th Ave 
  • Install traffic calming along the 100s and 150s bikeway route 
  • Install crossing improvements on SE Stark, SE Powell, NE Glisan, NE Halsey 
  • Complete new trail connections at: SE 108/Franklin; 106 south of Market; 106/Wasco; 106/San Rafael 
  • Install buffered bike lanes on SE Market & SE Cherry Blossom 
  • New transit island at SE 106th & SE Cherry Blossom 
  • Reconfigure NE Glisan from 102nd to 122nd to a 3-lane cross section with buffed bike lanes 
  • Build a two-way cycle track on SE 106th between Main & Stark 
  • Install a mini-roundabout at NE 108th & Oregon 
  • Install Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant curb ramps throughout project area 

The EPAEE project is currently at 30 percent design and we are looking to get feedback from community members who live and will use these planned improvements. 

Want to learn more or interested in giving project managers your feedback? Joins us at one of our upcoming open houses about this and many other projects happening in East Portland: 

East Portland Open House #1
May 16, 2018 from 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Midland Library                    
805 SE 122nd Ave, Portland, OR 97233 

East Portland Open House #2
June 5, 2018 from 6:00-8:00 p.m.   
Rosewood Initiative             
16126 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97233 

For questions about EPAEE, please contact Timur Ender, PBOT Project Manager at Timur.Ender@portlandoregon.gov or by phone at 503-823-7084.  

More information about this and other east Portland projects can be found on our website at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/eastPDX


 

Photos of the existing conditions in East Portland and PBOT's proposed improvements in the EPAEE Project:

Wasco at 106th

Above: NE Wasco looking west to 106th (existing condition), under the EPAEE plan this could become a new multiuse path connecting to Gateway Discovery Park. Photo by Steve Szigethy, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

NE Wasco looking east through Teamsters Parking lot

Above: NE Wasco looking east through Teamsters Parking lot (existing condition), under the EPAEE plan this could become a new multiuse path connecting to Gateway Discovery Park. Photo by Steve Szigethy, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Proposed bike/walk trail at 106th and Wasco.

Above: Proposed bike/walk trail to connect residents to Gateway Discovery Park at 106th and Wasco.

SE 106th north of SE Division

Above: SE 106th north of SE Division (existing condition), under the EPAEE plan, residents would be able to travel on a lit path from Cherry Park Elementary to SE Division St. Photo by Google Street View.

SE 106th South of SE Market

Above: SE 106th South of SE Market (existing conditions), under the EPAEE plan, residents would be able to travel on a lit path from Cherry City Park to Kelley Butte Park. Photo by Google Street View.

concept photo

Above: EPAEE seeks to connect SE 106th between SE Division and SE Cherry Park with a paved trail, similar to this concept photo. The project would also install pedestrian scale lights.

Looking west on SE Franklin toward SE 108th (existing conditions)

Above: Looking west on SE Franklin toward SE 108th (existing conditions). EPAEE project would install a bike/ped path to the Powell/108th crossing. Photo by Steve Szigethy, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on W Burnside Road, from SW Skyline Blvd to SW Barnes Road, May 7-9

The work area is located between SW Skyline Blvd and SW Barnes Road.

(May 3, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance will require lane closures and a detour of eastbound traffic on West Burnside Road, near Mt. Calvary Catholic Cemetery, starting Monday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 9. 

The work area is located between SW Skyline Blvd and SW Barnes Road. 

Eastbound travelers on W Burnside will be detoured south to SW Barnes Road, along the south side of the cemetery, then north at SW Skyline Blvd, to return to W Burnside. Westbound travelers will not be detoured, but are asked to slow down and use caution near the work zone. Expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.

The lane closure and detour are expected to be in effect from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. The work is expected to take up to three full days.

Area that will be closed to eastbound travel during work hours Monday through Wednesday, May 7-9

W Burnside Closure near Cemetery

The lane closures will allow crews to provide a base repair -- digging down below the road surface, replacing the base and as well as the asphalt at the surface, extending the life of the pavement. Learn more about base repair and other street maintenance techniques at the PBOT web site.

The work area is located near the site of a landslide that occurred in March 2017, and subsequent repaving project, but it is not related to that incident or the repaving.

The public is advised to expect delays and heavy equipment, travel cautiously, and observe all work zone signage.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. 

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

News Blog: PBOT expands block party pilot area for 2018 season

Holding a safe and fun block party in your neighborhood has never been easier!

Portland in the Streets

The PBOT Pink Barricade Lending Zone

Map of the 2017 (orange) and 2018 (blue + orange) Block Party Pilot Area. PBOT has partnered with nine community organizations for the Pink Barricade Lending Program.

PBOT Pink Barricade

(May 4, 2018) Have you heard? Block parties are now free throughout Portland! That's right, you can get a permit for a neighborhood block party for zero dollars! Not only that, but the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is pleased to announce that we have doubled the size of our Pink Barricade Lending Zone for 2018. This means more Portland neighborhoods will be celebrating in their streets this spring, summer and fall with easy access to our pink block party barricades.

The original pilot project was launched in neighborhoods in East Portland with great success in 2017. Portland residents in these neighborhoods told PBOT that the free Block Party permit and free barricade checkouts made hosting a block party a breeze. Many said that they plan to make block parties a new tradition, having connected with their neighbors in new, meaningful ways.

To keep this momentum going, PBOT has expanded the Pink Barricade Lending Zone by adding 26 neighborhoods in Southwest, North, and East Portland (see map above).  This addition almost doubles the number of neighborhoods who can check out our bright and fun pink street barricades for free.

Thank you, community partners!

block party

The numbers on the map above are the community organizations that have partnered with PBOT for easy barricade check in/out. The Pink Barricade Lending Zone could not have been possible without those organizations who tirelessly work to serve their communities. PBOT and our partners strive to build community, so our partnership is a genuine effort towards creating resilient neighborhoods. 

PBOT Community Partners (on map above)

  1. Hacienda CDC @ Living Cully Plaza
  2. East Portland Neighborhood Office (EPNO)
  3. Rose Community Development @ Leander Court Partnership
  4. Montavilla Community Center
  5. Mt. Scott Community Center
  6. East Portland Community Center (EPCC)
  7. St Johns Center for Opportunity
  8. Charles Jordan Community Center
  9. Southwest Neighborhoods, Inc. (SWNI)

Block party in 2017

Whether you’re a renter or homeowner, new to Portland or a native, living in the Pink Barricade Lending Zone or not, PBOT wants to help you open your street to celebrate the return of sunny weather, connect with your neighbors, have a BBQ on your block and create a safe space for kids to play.

Visit pbotblockparty.com to start your application today!

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on N Rosa Parks Way, from N Williams Ave to N Interstate Ave, May 4-22

(May 3, 2018) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance and safety improvements will require lane closures on N Rosa Parks Way from N Williams to N Interstate Ave beginning Friday, May 4, and continuing through May 22, from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 3.38 lane miles of road surface, extending the life of the pavement. Crews will also include a physically separated bicycle lane to provide safe, more comfortable bicycle access.

This work is part of series of paving and safety improvements under construction through late summer on N Rosa Parks Way from N Willamette Blvd to NE MLK Jr. Blvd.

During repaving projects, PBOT seeks to improve the traffic operations and safety for all road users. By combining maintenance projects with operational improvements such as new striping configurations, PBOT more efficiently maintains the transportation system and improves road safety simultaneously.

Learn more about forthcoming improvements for people walking, biking and accessing public transit at the Rosa Parks Way Paving Project web site.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays during work hours. During the grinding and repaving work, at least one lane will be open to travel in each direction at all times.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project work hours, Monday through Saturday. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.