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503-823-3723

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Winter Weather Travel Advisory: Snow accumulation above 500 feet on Friday night could impact travel

PBOT crews will patrol streets at 500' and above, applying de-icer and road salt as needed. Snow plows will also patrol streets above 500'.

salt pile 2.23.18

PBOT crews load road salt into a truck equipped with a Salt Dogg spreader that can hold almost five tons of road salt. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Feb. 23, 2018) Portland Bureau of Transportation crews applied about 30 tons of road salt and 10,000 gallons of de-icer on Thursday night and Friday morning, in advance of the forecast for Friday evening snow. Crews also sprayed about 300 gallons of liquid magnesium chloride de-icer during the day on Friday.

The US National Weather Service Portland Oregon has forecast a trace to 1 inch of snow for Portland from 7 to 10pm tonight, with snow expected to accumulate only on streets above 500 feet. Snow in most of the city is expected to only stick to grassy areas, not streets.

The bureau will have extra crews on city streets above 500 feet in NW and SW Portland as well as Mt Scott in East Portland. Crews will re-apply de-icer and road salt. Crews will also have snow plows patrolling areas above 500 feet. 

This week, PBOT has been using a road salt product called Ice Kicker. Unlike table salt, Ice Kicker has anti-corrosive properties that reduce the risk of causing rust on vehicles and infrastructure. The manufacturer adds blue dye, which makes it visible to the public and city crews. PBOT uses only about 200 pounds per lane mile, a low rate of application that further reduces the chances of harm to vegetation and property. PBOT spread about 140 tons of road salt earlier this week. The salt appears to have helped keep many key routes open, including Germantown Road, a notorious trouble spot that has been safe for travel all week.

Winter weather can vary across the city based on elevation, micro-climates, timing and more. Maintenance crews will be watching the forecast closely and making adjustments to their response, if necessary.

The public is advised to monitor the weather at their homes and at their travel destinations as road conditions could vary throughout the city. Use PBOT's Winter Weather Center to view conditions across the city using State and City operated traffic cameras at www.portlandoregon.gov/winter.

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out. PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.

News Blog: Central City in Motion planning is underway with Sounding Board group as a guide

(Feb. 22, 2018) Central City in Motion is Portland’s plan for strategic investments to accommodate a rapidly growing population living and working in downtown and the Central Eastside and a  Sounding Board group is helping guide the process. The project, which will build on existing long-range plans and identify next generation investments, includes numerous infrastructure improvements including: safer intersections, separated bikeways, transit priority treatments, and clear demarcation of street space for freight, transit, and bicycles.

To that end, a Sounding Board was established by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) to voice a broad set of community and business perspectives. The members are charged with “thinking big” about the future of transportation in the central city to help the project team define a network of investments that considers the many different demands and uses. Specifically, the Sounding Board has been asked to:

  • Share knowledge of existing conditions and needs
  • Weigh in on evaluation criteria
  • Provide input on priorities for design and construction
  • Connect the project with key stakeholders and community representatives, and identify opportunities for public engagement
  • Identify opportunities for the private sector to leverage public investments

CCIM Sounding Board Meeting

Sounding Board members review the project selection process flowchart and network maps, which will be used to develop a prioritized list of multimodal transportation investments in the central city. Photo by Gabriel Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The Sounding Board is meeting five times from late-2017 to mid-2018, in addition to providing one-on-one strategic advice to the project team. On January 18, 2018, the Sounding Board members convened for the second time and provided feedback on streets under consideration for transit priority, low-stress bikeway and pedestrian safety improvements. The discussion has helped inform the project team’s approach as we prepare for an interactive online open house, which will go live at the end of the month.

More information on the project and the Sounding Board, including member profiles, agendas, meeting minutes, and presentation materials, can be found under the Central City in Motion website at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ccim

Click here sign up for Central City in Motion updates, including the launch of our online open house.

Are you part of a organization, group or business that has a stake in the Central City? If so, we'd be interested in sharing more information about the project at your next meeting. To discuss more, please contact:

Gabe Graff, Project Manager

email: gabriel.graff@portlandoregon.gov

phone: 503-823-5291

Winter Weather Travel Advisory: Snow to impact Wednesday night travel, Thursday morning commute

For the first time, PBOT hires private contractors to help plow routes Don't pass plows: Private vehicles causing road hazards

(6 p.m. Feb. 21, 2018) The National Weather Service has issued a forecast for snow in the Portland area after 10 p.m. tonight, Wednesday Feb 21, and continuing until 3 a.m. or later on Thursday morning. Between 1 inch and 2 inches of snow is expected in low lying areas of Portland, with up to 4 inches in areas above 500 feet above sea level.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the public to avoid travel, if possible, or to take public transit. The traveling public should exercise caution on Portland roadways. Overnight freezing temperatures and additional snowfall overnight will also impact the Wednesday morning commute. PBOT crews are in 24-hour emergency operations and patrolling Portland streets to monitor conditions and treat roads as needed.

  • Do Not Pass Snowplows: On Tuesday and Wednesday, snowplow operators reported multiple near-misses. Private vehicles passed snowplows on the left, nearly causing crashes with oncoming traffic, or passing on the right, driving into airborne snow and other debris displaced by the plow.
  • Private Sector Help: For the first time, PBOT hired private contractors to help clear snow. Titan Utilities and Moore Excavation used front-end loaders on Wednesday morning to plow school bus routes at 13 schools in the Portland Public and David Douglas School districts. PBOT is hiring them again to plow before dawn Thursday morning, along with a third contractor, Westech Construction, which should cover a total of about 20 schools among the three firms. PBOT crews also plowed some residential streets on school bus routes. The goal is to provide passable streets on school bus routes, which include some streets that are too narrow for city trucks to access.
  • Road Salt Use: PBOT has used about 90 tons of road salt on 12 designated salt routes, over the weekend through Wednesday. The Bureau has more than 700 tons available in storage.
  • Do Not Abandon Your Vehicle: On Tuesday night and Wednesday, PBOT Parking Enforcement called for eight vehicles to be towed. Seven were blocking travel lanes and one was blocking an intersection. Citations cost $85, plus towing charges of $201 plus $27 a day for storage.
  • Make Your Sidewalk Safe: The City does not remove snow and ice from sidewalks adjacent to private property. By City Code, property owners are responsible for their sidewalks and driveways, including the removal of snow, ice, slippery leaves, and other debris.

The public is advised to monitor the weather at their homes and at their travel destinations as road conditions could vary throughout the city.

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out. PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.

News Blog: Portland's Transportation Wallet now available in NW Portland

PBOT expands its Transportation Wallet program by partnering with the NW Parking District to manage parking demand and reduce congestion

nw transportation wallet

(Feb. 21, 2018)  Waking up to a second day of snow and ice this morning, Portlanders are hopping on transit, strapping on snow boots or riding a bike to get to where they need to go. And now the Portland Bureau of Transportation is expanding its Transportation Wallet service to keep Portland moving, through #SnowJam2018 and beyond.

People who live or work in the NW Parking District can now purchase a "Transportation Wallet" – three transportation passes for only $99:

  • $100 TriMet Hop Card,
  • an annual BIKETOWN Membership, AND
  • an annual Portland Streetcar Pass.

This is a $684 value! A portion of the parking permit fees that NW residents and employees pay go to provide Transportation Wallet's discount. Get your Transportation Wallet today at transportationwallet.com.

The expansion of the program follows after a successful launch of the Transportation Wallet in partnership with the Central Eastside Industrial District Council, where PBOT teamed up with the parking district to encourage walking, taking transit, and bicycling in the districts.

The Transportation Wallet is a helpful tool for employers and residents alike.

“The Transportation Wallet is an awesome service," said Rachel Consolo, Lloyd Center Pharmacy Operations Manager. "We can't thank [PBOT] enough!!”

The Transportation Wallet is one of many approaches to address parking demand and congestion in these two dense areas of Portland. Switching even just a few trips from driving to other modes creates more available parking and helps alleviate traffic, a win for everyone, no matter how you get around.

Employees and residents in the NW Parking District and Central Eastside Industrial District can get their Transportation Wallet today at transportationwallet.com

Winter Weather Travel Advisory: Snow to impact Tuesday afternoon, Wednesday morning commute

Parking amnesty in Portland's parking meter districts to begin at 3 p.m.

(2:15 p.m. Feb. 20, 2018) The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Warning for Tuesday, February 20 and continuing at least through Wednesday morning. Between 3 inches and 7 inches of snow is expected in the Portland area, with heavier snowfall beginning this afternoon that could impact the afternoon and evening commute. 

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the public to avoid travel, if possible, or to take public transit. The traveling public should exercise caution on Portland roadways. Overnight freezing temperatures and additional snowfall overnight will also impact the Wednesday morning commute. PBOT crews are in 24-hour emergency operations and patrolling Portland streets to monitor conditions and treat roads as needed.

The Weather Service also warns that a second snow event could create hazardous traveling conditions on Wednesday night into Thursday morning.

The public is advised to monitor the weather at their homes and at their travel destinations as road conditions could vary throughout the city.

A parking amnesty will go into effect beginning at 3 p.m. today in Portland's parking meter districts. To encourage people to leave their cars legally parked and take alternate means of transportation out of the Central City, PBOT will allow cars to remain parked in City meter districts without penalty until noon on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018.

The City of Portland’s Snow and Ice Plan discourages private vehicle use and encourages public transit use instead. Plan ahead for your public transit commute by calling 503-238-RIDE (7433), visiting TriMet.org for bus and MAX light rail schedules and alerts or PortlandStreetcar.org for streetcar schedules and alerts. In snow and ice, plan for bus delays of 20 to 30 minutes. Know where your transit stops are before venturing out. PBOT provides tips for winter travel for people walking, biking or driving. Learn more at: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/snow

Check www.PublicAlerts.org for breaking news and information on major service disruptions. Visit http://bit.ly/snowicepdx to learn more about how PBOT responds to snow and ice events in Portland.