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Three week Willamette Greenway Trail detour begins May 2nd

Posted on April 29th, 2016 at 1:07 pm.

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The City of Portland is doing work near Willamette Park on their Hannah Mason Pump Station Project that will close the Greenway Trail for three weeks beginning Monday May 2nd.

The official city press release is below:

Hannah Mason Pump Station Project Update
Greenway Trail Detour

April 28, 2016​​

Trail Detour – Beginning the week of May 2
Section of Greenway Trail Temporarily Closed in Willamette Park

As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction1 project, a section of the Greenway Trail in the north area of Willamette Park will be closed for three weeks beginning Monday May 2. Bike and pedestrian traffic should follow detour signs and connect back to the Greenway Trail through the boat ramp parking lot in the center of Willamette Park.

The closure is required to make improvements to the Greenway Trail within Willamette Park. Travelers are reminded to exercise caution, obey closure signs and follow detour/traffic control signs due to the busy activity in the parking lot and along the main road in the park.

Click here for detour map or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/574851.

For more information contact Sam Beresky or Kenya Williams at 503-235-5881.

Project Information
The Hannah Mason Pump Station is being built to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station on SW Nevada Street. Work began in March 2015 and will continue into fall of 2016. The Portland Water Bureau is working closely with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. The Water Bureau will keep neighbors, local businesses, and other stakeholders updated as work progresses. For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/hannahmason.

Multnomah County seeking rural or East County resident for Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Posted on April 28th, 2016 at 4:53 pm.

The County’s biking and walking advisory committee meets monthly and offers feedback on projects and policies. Join them!

Multnomah County is seeking to fill at least one vacancy on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in east county or rural unincorporated areas. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

The committee advises the county on bicycle and pedestrian issues related to the county’s road system, which includes:
Major collector and arterial roads in the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, and Wood Village
Roads in unincorporated areas of Multnomah County including the West Hills, Sauvie Island, and areas east and west of the Sandy River
Five Willamette River bridges in the City of Portland (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Sellwood)

Individuals who are interested in transportation issues affecting bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled are encouraged to apply. The committee advises the county’s Transportation Division on matters that involve bicycle and pedestrian transportation, including project review and budget recommendations.

The committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., typically at the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve a two-year term.

To apply, individuals need to fill out and submit an application form no later than Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Applications are available online at www.multco.us/bikeped. To request a hard copy of the application form or for more information, contact Kate McQuillan at 503-988-0204 or katherine.mcquillan@multco.us.

Spring sessions, ‘Shred Academy’ get rolling at The Lumberyard

Posted on March 18th, 2016 at 3:38 pm.

Some news from our friends at The Lumberyard:

The Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park is in final prep mode for its upcoming Spring Shred Academy session. The Spring after School Shred Academy starts the week of March 28th and runs 10 weeks through the week of May 30th from 4:30 to 6PM and 6:30- 8PM for select sessions. The After School Shred Academy is focused on meeting the needs of students involved and helping kids learn the skills to build their confidence on bikes and take their riding to the next level. For ages 4-14.

Six categories from beginning to advanced include: Greenhorns, Shredders and Hot Shots. Price for the school is $225 for 10 week after school shred academy. For an additional $35, students can rent elite level Lumberyard issue bike for the 10 weeks. Students enrolled in ASSA have full access to the park after each session is completed as long as their parent or guardian supervises.

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Cycle Oregon grant funds new Wallowa Lake State Park hiker-biker camp

Posted on February 17th, 2016 at 3:18 pm.

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Great news for anyone planning an adventure in this spectacular part of our state. And speaking of which, I was just out there last summer!

Here’s the official statement from Oregon State Parks:

Joseph OR — The Cycle Oregon Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation has awarded a $10,000 matching grant to develop a new hiker-biker camp at Wallowa Lake State Park. The Oregon Parks and Recreation Department will contribute an additional $10,000 to complete the project.

The current camp for people who hike or bicycle into the park is in an open area along the main camp entrance. Over the next year, park staff will build the new 8-site camping area in a more secluded spot by redesigning the park’s former amphitheater. The new camp will include covered and uncovered sites, lockers, tables, and charging stations. Park staff created a new area for park presentations in a more central location, freeing up the old amphitheater for this project.

From 2009 to 2014, visits to Wallowa Lake State Park have increased 10 percent, from 348,000 to 381,000. As curious travelers from Oregon and around the world discover the Wallowas, the park is interested in encouraging less polluting, less congestion-causing forms of transportation such as hiking and bicycling.

“This is a tremendous gift from Cycle Oregon,” says Park Manager Nancy McLeod (mih-CLOUD). “They’ve always supported the region, but this goes beyond goodwill. They’re investing in the community, and we’re grateful for it.”

The project should start this spring, finish a year later, and be open for its first season in April 2017. The park will work with the Eastern Oregon Visitor Association and the Wallowa Chamber of Commerce to promote the improved service as it opens.

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:

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

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

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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:

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

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

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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.

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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:

PBOT:

SEVERE WEATHER ADVISORY: PBOT WARNS PUBLIC TO EXPECT HEAVY RAINFALL DURING THURSDAY MORNING COMMUTE, USE CAUTION

(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.

ODOT:

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.

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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:

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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.

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