The Newswire

If you have news to share, send your ideas and press releases to us via our contact page.

Newswire: State Bike/Ped Advisory Committee seeks new member

Posted on January 21st, 2016 at 2:12 pm.

A spot has opened up on ODOT’s biking and walking advisory committee. Check out details below…

SALEM – The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking to fill a recently vacated position that represents the youth community. The committee was first formed by Oregon Statute 366.112, a bill passed in the 1973 Oregon Legislature. In 1995, the Oregon Transportation Commission officially recognized the committee’s additional role in pedestrian issues, and the group became the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, or OBPAC.

The eight-member committee, appointed by the governor, acts as a liaison between the public and the Oregon Department of Transportation. It advises ODOT in the regulation of bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the establishment of bikeways and walkways. Members serve four-year terms, and the makeup of the group must include:


Route advisory: Interstate Bridge sidewalk will close next week for electrical work

Posted on January 8th, 2016 at 3:24 pm.

Ride Along with Ben Sanders - Vancouver to Lake Oswego-10.jpg
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you ride between Portland and Vancouver via the Interstate Bridge, take note that the southbound sidewalk will close next week (January 11th – 15th). The official notice from the Oregon Dept. of Transportation is below:


ODOT open house on Thursday looks at safety improvements for N Broadway

Posted on January 6th, 2016 at 1:39 pm.


We covered this project a few weeks ago; but wanted to make sure you were aware of the official open house tomorrow (1/7) night. Check the ODOT press release below for more details…

Thursday open house looks at safety improvements for North Broadway

ODOT and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will host a public open house on Thursday, Jan. 7 to look at improvements planned for the intersection where the southbound Interstate 5 off-ramp, exit 302A, meets North Broadway.

The open house is scheduled for 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 7 in the basement of the Left Bank office building, 240 N. Broadway. The entrance is on North Wheeler Avenue between North Weidler Street and North Broadway. Signs will be posted near the building.

Members of the project team from ODOT and PBOT will be available to discuss the project and answer questions.

The work is part of the larger N/NE Quadrant Plan which would make operational and safety improvements in the areas both on and off I-5. The Plan, a joint effort by ODOT and PBOT, does not yet have funding for all elements.


ODOT and PBOT warn of new wave of flooding and high water

Posted on December 16th, 2015 at 2:50 pm.

If you thought it was bad last week… a new storm is headed our way.

Below we’ve pasted the warnings just sent around today by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Oregon Department of Transportation:



(Dec. 16, 2015) The Portland Bureau of Transportation warns the traveling public to be prepared for heavy rainfall Thursday morning that could create hazardous traveling conditions.

The National Weather Service has advised the Portland area should expect 3 inches of rain in 48 hours, with the heaviest precipitation coming from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Thursday. The Bureau advises people traveling by car, by public transit and by bike to expect wet roads and slippery conditions.

People driving are urged to use caution and slow down, especially when driving on wet roads. Slow down to avoid damaging nearby private property and splashing travelers who may be walking or biking. We urge people driving to not drive through standing water, especially near creeks and other bodies of water. Turn around safely and use an alternative route.

Travelers must obey road closure signs for their own safety and for the safety of PBOT crews. Driving through flooded roads could cause your vehicle to be swept away or stall in the middle of the high water. People driving who ignore street closures and drive through barricades face fines of up to $1000. As of Wednesday, only two roads are closed in Portland: SW Montgomery between SW Vista and SW 14th Avenue, and SW Hamilton near SW 39th Avenue. They are both closed for repairs from damaged caused by storms last week. City crews are prepared to close additional flooded streets if necessary.

In the event conditions prompt PBOT to close roads, the bureau will make that information available to the public. For the most current updates on road closures, follow PBOT’s Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/@PBOTinfo A Twitter account is not necessary to view the listings. PBOT’s website will also be updated at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/ with weather-related road closures in Portland between the hours of 7 a.m. and 10 p.m.

Residents are advised to notify PBOT of debris, mud, rocks, trees, or branches blocking a road by calling our 24/7 maintenance dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700.

During a heavy rain event, many people may report the same incident. Residents may find it more convenient to report using the PDX Reporter App on Apple and Android smartphones. To report standing water on a roadway, use the category Plugged Storm Drain/Inlet. To report rock or mudslides or other debris blocking a travel lane, use the Debris in Roadway category. We strongly encourage the public to submit photos with their service requests, because that helps PBOT crews assess changing conditions as they respond to reports.

With leaves largely removed from city streets, road flooding that may occur may be the result of too much water in the system in too little time.

City crews have stocked sand pile and sand bag locations for any Portland resident or business owner who wants to protect their property from flood damage in the Fanno Creek and Johnson Creek watersheds. Sand and sand bags are provided at no charge; you must bring your own shovel.

The following locations are stocked:

* SE 88th Ave just south of Holgate Blvd in the parking lot at Lents Park,

* SE 111th Ave and Harold St at the southeast corner of the intersection, and

* SW 42nd Ave and Vermont St in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park.

PBOT will have extra crews working overnight on Wednesday and during morning hours on Thursday. Crews are prepared for the need to clear debris from storm drains, unplug storm drains that have underground blockages and close travel lanes as needed.


Know Before You Go: Be ready for a new round of flooding and high water

More rain and the threat of snow and freezing rain on Mount Hood and in the Columbia River Gorge could make hazardous driving conditions in the days ahead.

The National Weather Service is forecasting a lot of rain in the Portland area, up to three inches, with the heaviest punch coming from 4 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday. That could translate into high water on the roads, snow on the Cascade passes, a slushy mix on Interstate 84 in the Gorge and perhaps some icy roads near Hood River.

Travelers in the region should use extreme caution for this mix of wintry weather by checking conditions on their route at www.tripcheck.com. Weekend travelers setting out on Christmas travels should be extra careful.


ODOT completes new path, other changes to North Denver Ave

Posted on October 21st, 2015 at 4:52 pm.

ODOT has finished up their big project on Denver Avenue north of downtown Kenton. Check out the announcement below and stay tuned to our Front Page for photos and thoughts soon…

ODOT, Kenton mark completion of North Denver Avenue area improvements

The Oregon Department of Transportation is inviting neighbors to help celebrate the completion of its Oregon 99W: N. Victory Blvd. – N. Argyle St. Project during a short event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 the Paul Bunyan Plaza in Kenton, 8433 N. Interstate Ave.

During the event, participants will hear about the project from ODOT and neighborhood leaders. Project staff will then provide walking and bike tours of the newly improved facilities.

“We want to thanks the neighbors and local businesses for their patience and cooperation during the construction,” said ODOT Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer. “These improvements will contribute to the growing vitality of Kenton and will create a safer experience in the corridor for all users,” he said.

The improvements include:


Event: Community activism and transportation reform

Posted on October 20th, 2015 at 2:08 pm.

There’s a fantastic pair of events coming to town on Thursday.

Remember David Bragdon? Yep, our former Metro president. Well, he went off and moved to New York and worked for the Bloomberg administration for a while. Now he’s leading a non-profit called TransitCenter, a group that advocates for “improving urban mobility.”

TransitCenter is sponsoring two events on 10/22 that will offer lessons and insights about the “role of citizen activism influencing transportation reform.” Learn more in the press releases below.


Advocate: Clark County wants you to serve on Bike/Ped Advisory Committee

Posted on October 15th, 2015 at 11:51 am.

Do you live, work or play in Vancouver (our lovely neighbors to the north)? If you do, and you want to help make biking better, Clark County is looking for a few people to serve on their Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

See all the details in the official press release below…

Contact: Gary Albrecht, Community Planning, (360) 397-2280 ext. 4318;

Bicycle and pedestrian advisory group offers opportunity to serve

Vancouver, WA – Clark County is seeking applicants to fill seven positions on the 13-member Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Volunteer service is a four-year term. Residents living anywhere in Clark County can apply. People with experience and expertise in advocating for biking, walking, transit, active transportation, mobility issues, public speaking or serving on boards and commissions are encouraged to apply.


New traffic signal at N Vancouver and Cook will be turned on Wednesday

Posted on October 12th, 2015 at 4:39 pm.

Vancouver is one of the busiest bike corridors in the city and the signal came as part of the N Williams Traffic Safety Project.

City press release below. More coverage to come…

PBOT, local organizations and community representatives to switch on new traffic signal at North Vancouver and Cook on October 14

(Oct. 12, 2015) On Wednesday, October 14, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat will join local businesses and community members to activate the new traffic signal at North Vancouver and Cook and highlight the positive impact of the North Vancouver Avenue and Cook Street Local Improvement District.


Centennial celebrations planned for Columbia River Historic Hwy

Posted on October 7th, 2015 at 10:56 am.


One of our favorite local roads is 100 years old next year and the State of Oregon is planning a big celebration.

The Historic Columbia River Highway is known as “King of the Roads” and it’s more recently become known as a safe and beautiful way to explore the Gorge by bike. We’ve been reporting on progress to restore the road as a biking and walking haven for years. Planners hoped to get the road completed between Troutdale and Hood River by 2016. That’s not going to happen but they’re getting awfully close and there’s still plenty to celebrate.

Stay tuned to the front page and read the official press release about the centennial celebration below:


Advocate: October PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting agenda

Posted on October 5th, 2015 at 4:45 pm.

The PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee monthly meeting is on October 13th at 6:00 in City Hall.

Check the agenda below:

Transportation System Plan Update: Stage 2
Stage 2 of the TSP update focuses on implementing the city’s Comprehensive Plan. This stage will focus on maps and classifications, performance measures (to identify how well the city’s proposals address comprehensive plan goals), looking to Transportation Demand Management and other measures to reduce traffic and parking impacts and consideration of how to manage automobile parking. Peter Hurley and Grant Morehead will discuss this stage 2 work.

TriMet’s track crossing proposals
Jennifer Koozer from TriMet will return to the BAC with Teresa Boyle and Jean Senechal- Biggs from PBOT to provide an update to their proposals for managing bicycle and pedestrian crossings of light rail and heavy rail tracks near Clinton Street.