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Washington Park reservoir project will close popular biking routes – UPDATED

by on August 30th, 2016 at 8:27 am

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If you ride/commute through Washington Park, you might have to change your route.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Get ready for yet another construction project that will impact biking routes.

Starting two weeks from now, on September 12th, the Portland Water Bureau will begin their Reservoir Improvements Project in Washington Park. The construction of a new 12.4 million gallon reservoir and other upgrades to two existing reservoirs will last for 12 to 18 months.

There will be significant impacts to nearby roads that will include complete closures — including bicycling traffic. (more…)

#WorkzoneFTW? City may require walking and biking routes around building sites

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 28th, 2016 at 9:48 am

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A proposed city policy would require builders to look for a way around.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A proposed policy before the city council Wednesday would withhold city permits from builders that block sidewalks or bike lanes around their work sites without first considering reuse of parking and travel lanes.

The action comes after a months-long social media campaign from Oregon Walks and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, which evolved out of a years-long behind-the-scenes effort by the BTA.

The city’s draft policy stops short of saying that walking, biking or traveling by mobility device are always higher priorities in work zones than traveling by car. Instead, it says that walking and biking routes should only be blocked if no other option is “practicable.” Here’s some other relevant language:

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Three week Willamette Greenway Trail detour begins May 2nd

by 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.

TriMet work on 1st Ave will mean smoother pavement and crowded trains

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 4th, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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Damaged track switches on 1st Avenue.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

“The trains will be so crowded that cyclists will be waiting to get into a train.”
— TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt on MAX overcrowding during the project

Here’s the good news: the badly worn pavement on NW 1st Avenue, an important but unpleasant biking connection to the Steel Bridge and Waterfront Park, is about to be fixed.

Here’s the bad news: the repair project will snarl TriMet’s entire light rail system for two weeks next month, cutting the frequency of every MAX line and leading to extremely crowded trains that will probably be unable to fit bikes.

That’s why TriMet is urging people to avoid taking bikes on MAX during the repair work, May 8-21.

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Detour done right: 21st and Belmont shows how construction zones should work

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 3rd, 2016 at 3:02 pm

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A contractor’s trailer blocked sidewalk and bike lane, so the city temporarily removed some parking to keep the routes open.
(Photos: Michael Andersen/BikePortland)

Three months ago, there were so many construction zones encroaching on walking and biking routes that a few Portlanders organized a walking tour of downtown’s worst offenders. So today we’re happy to take a moment to recognize a detour that the city has handled beautifully.
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Here’s the latest on Broadway Bridge path closures and obstructions

by on September 28th, 2015 at 3:24 pm

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With a flagger present, one person stops to wait for eastbound traffic on the north sidewalk on September 25th.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s been about 15 weeks since Multnomah County embarked on a major project to repaint and repair large sections of the the Broadway Bridge. And according to what we’re hearing from some of you, despite adjustments and additional measures being taken by the County, the construction zone is still causing significant safety issues.
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County responds to Broadway Bridge path closure complaints

by on August 24th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

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A County project on the Broadway Bridge has resulted in detours and intermittent closures.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Police response to Greenpeace action closes south sidewalk of St Johns Bridge (updated)

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 29th, 2015 at 5:07 pm

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Activists hang from the St. Johns Bridge
to block an oil ship’s passage.
(Photo: Greenpeace USA)

Update 5:45 p.m.: Police now say that only the southeast sidewalk (upstream, closer to downtown Portland) is closed and that officers were mistaken when they previously blocked people from crossing the bridge on bike or foot.

“It was just that someone didn’t get told,” Portland Police Bureau spokesman Sgt. Greg Stewart said Wednesday evening. “We’re just having people use the other side of the street.”

An updated version of the original post follows.

Some Portland police officers ordered the sidewalks of the St. Johns bridge closed to foot and bike traffic in response to a direct action on the bridge Wednesday.

Late Wednesday, police changed their operation and closed only the southeast (upstream) sidewalk to people on foot or bike.

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As Obama visits, three words of advice for Thursday and Friday trips downtown

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 7th, 2015 at 12:09 am

Click the two areas of the map above for information on each street closure.

To paraphrase the city’s official news release only slightly:

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Dear everywhere else: This is how to do a detour. Sincerely, Multnomah County

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 2nd, 2015 at 3:13 pm

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Service work on the Burnside Bridge Thursday, perfectly executed.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

With a few dozen orange cones and minimal fuss, a team of bridge inspectors and a county traffic safety specialist assembled a perfect Portland-quality detour on the Burnside Bridge Thursday.

It might seem like a small matter, but anyone who’s ridden a bike or walked near many construction detours knows how frequent it is for them to push people into mixed-traffic lanes rather than meddle with the flow of cars — even on streets that are far wider than they need to be for cars to keep flowing freely.

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