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PDC seeking members for Broadway Corridor project steering committee

Posted on March 3rd, 2017 at 3:40 pm.

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) is seeking members for a Steering Committee to guide redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor.

Broadway Corridor Development Opportunity:
Redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to add to Portland’s economy and vitality and to deliver community benefits. The Corridor includes the 14-acre United States Postal Service distribution facility which will relocate next year, Union Station, and several other publicly owned properties. PDC is pursuing planning and redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor with an intentional focus on ensuring all communities have an opportunity to engage in and benefit from its redevelopment. As such, PDC is seeking a diverse mix of community leaders to serve on the Steering Committee and represent a broad range of topic areas.

Steering Committee members will advise PDC, the Portland Housing Bureau and Mayor Ted Wheeler on goals for the project including:

criteria for and selection of a project developer;
the mix of housing and employment opportunities;
configuration of streets, parks, and stormwater management;
priorities for equitable engagement and community benefits, including:
business and workforce construction equity, and
equitable practices to ensure benefits for people who have not historically benefited from PDC’s investments in redevelopment;
approaches for sustainable development
PDC anticipates the Steering Committee will meet once a month beginning in spring 2017 through 2018 at a location near the site in downtown Portland served by public transportation. Meetings will typically be 90 minutes and scheduled in the late afternoon or evening on weekdays. Steering Committee members may also serve in subject area working groups.

Translation and childcare services will be made available upon request. Financial assistance may also be available for Committee members who represent organizations serving disadvantaged communities.

To express your interest in joining the Steering Committee, please complete this brief online form.

PDC will determine Steering Committee members in March. The composition of the Steering Committee will reflect Portland’s diversity.

Steering committee members sought for Post Office redevelopment/Broadway Corridor project

Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 5:20 pm.

With the city’s purchase of the US Post Office block (west end of Broadway Bridge), the potentials for better bikeway connections are obvious and vast. The Portland Development Commission is leading the redevelopment project and they need members for a steering committee. If you’re interested, check out the info below…

Dear Community Partner,

The Portland Development Commission (PDC) is seeking members for a Steering Committee to guide redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor.

Broadway Corridor Development Opportunity:

Redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to add to Portland’s economy and vitality and to deliver community benefits. The Corridor includes the 14-acre United States Postal Service distribution facility which will relocate next year, Union Station, and several other publicly owned properties. PDC is pursuing planning and redevelopment of the Broadway Corridor with an intentional focus on ensuring all communities have an opportunity to engage in and benefit from its redevelopment. As such, PDC is seeking a diverse mix of community leaders to serve on the Steering Committee and represent a broad range of topic areas.
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ODOT wants your feedback on future regional transportation projects

Posted on February 16th, 2017 at 4:15 pm.

Check out the projects coming down the pike and let ODOT know what you think about them. This is for their 2018-2021 “STIP” – Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

ODOT press release below:

Now is your chance to provide feedback on Oregon’s transportation priorities! Tell us what’s important to you.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is requesting public comment on the draft 2018-2021 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, also known as STIP.

The draft outlines Oregon’s transportation priorities for 2018-2021. The STIP includes 146 projects in the Portland-metro area, which represent ODOT’s plan for design and construction with anticipated federal funds.

Learn more about the proposed transportation projects and provide your feedback online at www.odotR1stip.org.

You can also share your opinion in person on Wed., Feb. 22 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at ODOT Region 1 Headquarters, located at 123 NW Flanders in Portland, or Thurs., Feb. 23 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Multnomah County Library’s Gresham branch, located at 385 NW Miller Ave.

The current public comment period closes Feb. 28. However, comments can be submitted at any time online.

Thank you for taking the time to share what’s important to you in Oregon’s transportation future.

Traffic detours coming near Hawthorne Bridge due to courthouse project

Posted on February 15th, 2017 at 3:25 pm.

Take note:

NEWS RELEASE

Reminder: Traffic changes downtown during courthouse night work

Underground utility night work has begun for Multnomah County’s new Central Courthouse at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. Sewer lines need to be relocated before excavation can begin for the courthouse on the block bordered by SW Jefferson, SW Naito Parkway, SW First Ave., and SW Madison St. In-street construction will be performed at night to reduce impacts on commuters.

Utility relocation details:

Work will be conducted between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday from February 13 through March, to reduce impacts on traffic

From February 13 – March 1 (tentative), night detours and lane closures will be needed at:

– SW 1st Ave. between SW Main St. and SW Madison St.
– SW Main St. across the intersection with SW 1st Ave.
– Access to the north sidewalk of the Hawthorne Bridge will be available from the Naito Parkway ramp or stairs from Waterfront Park only. The sidewalk on SW Main St. will be closed between Naito Parkway and SW First Ave. The south bridge sidewalk will be open.

From March 1 – 17 (tentative) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the eastbound approach to the Hawthorne Bridge from SW Madison St. will be closed to all modes of traffic between SW Naito Parkway and SW 1st Ave. Eastbound traffic can access the bridge from northbound SW Naito Parkway at night.

Noise generating activities include saw-cutting, excavating and sound from vacuum trucks. A telephone line (503-988-8888) is set up for questions and concerns about construction noise.

Work schedules are subject to change, due to weather and other factors.

On February 20, a staircase from the west sidewalk of SW Naito Parkway to the south sidewalk of the Hawthorne Bridge is scheduled to be closed for demolition. A new staircase will be built as part of the project, opening in 2019. Pedestrians can still access the south bridge sidewalk from SW Madison St. and from the sidewalk on the east side of SW Naito Parkway.

The new Central Courthouse is estimated to cost $300 million and open in 2020. A construction open house is scheduled on Thursday, February 23 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the County Courthouse at 1021 SW 4th Ave. For project information, visit www.multco.us/central-courthouse.

Route advisory: Esplanade detour recommended during Winter Light Festival (2/1 – 2/4)

Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 1:22 pm.

Dear Portland Bike Community,

We wanted to give you a heads up about next week’s Portland Winter Light Festival (Wednesday-Saturday evenings, February 1-4th around OMSI and the Eastbank Esplanade). We expect that a lot of people will be on and around the esplanade for nighttime light art viewing and evening festival participation. This will cause more congestion than usual and therefore we suggest biking through Water Avenue for a faster commute. Otherwise, we suggest walking your bike through the festival area and enjoying the event — it’s 100% free to the public!

Wednesday, February 1st 6PM – 10PM
Thursday, February 2nd 6PM – 10PM
Friday, February 3rd 6PM – 11PM
Saturday, February 4th 6PM – 11PM

With love and respect,
The fellow riders (and organizers) of the Portland Winter Light Festival

Route advisory: 40-Mile Loop closure in Troutdale through February 3rd

Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 1:10 pm.


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Expect delays on Esplanade near OMSI evenings of Feb 1-4

Posted on January 26th, 2017 at 9:38 pm.

We just got this detour map and notice about an event that could impact bicycle traffic on the Espanade near OMSI next week:

Dear Portland Bike Community,

We wanted to give you a heads up about next week’s Portland Winter Light Festival (Wednesday-Saturday evenings, February 1-4th around OMSI and the Eastbank Esplanade). We expect that a lot of people will be on and around the esplanade for nighttime light art viewing and evening festival participation. This will cause more congestion than usual and therefore we suggest biking through Water Avenue for a faster commute. Otherwise, we suggest walking your bike through the festival area and enjoying the event — it’s 100% free to the public!
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Sugar Wheel Works to host free monthly clinics in 2017

Posted on December 12th, 2016 at 12:49 pm.

Portland Custom Bicycle Wheel Builder Sugar Wheel Works to Host Free Monthly Clinics in 2017

In 2017 in conjunction with Williams Wednesday, held on the second Wednesday of each month, Sugar Wheel Works will be offering clinics, free and open to the public. Each clinic will offer the chance to learn about a different element of wheels and wheel-building, with the opportunity to ask one-on-one questions with the Sugar Wheel Works team.

All clinics will be held on the second Wednesday of each month through June, each one starting at 6:15 p.m. Detailed clinic schedule and information:

January 11, 2017: Bike Essentials: How to Change a Flat
Come learn how to change a flat tire as well watch a demonstration on setting up a tire tubeless. Q/A to follow the demo!

February 8, 2017: Wheel Truing 101
A demonstration on wheel truing followed by Q/A with Sugar Wheel Works founder Jude Gerace about wheel truing and general wheel maintenance, to answer questions like “what’s the best way to take the grit off of a rim?

March 8, 2017: Wheel Building 101
Ever wonder how a wheel is actually built? Sugar Wheel Works founder Jude Gerace will do a 90-minute wheel building demonstration paired with a Q&A for anyone who is interested in the art of wheel-building. Kids encouraged to attend.[Read more…]

One month of Highway 26 path closures start December 7th

Posted on December 1st, 2016 at 7:52 am.

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As part of an ODOT project to add new electronic signs on U.S. 26 and I-84, there will be short-term impacts to the multi-use path along the south side of U.S. 26.

The contractor for the project expect intermittent nighttime path closures beginning December 7 and continuing for approximately one month. The section of path being closed is between SW 79th Avenue and SW Katherine Lane, adjacent to West Sylvan Middle School.

A signed detour will be in place during the nighttime closures, directly path users through the West Slope neighborhood. The detour will add approximately 4 minutes to the trip of a person on a bike averaging 10 MPH. The detour route includes more hills than the path.

On nights when work takes place, the path will close at 8 p.m. and reopen by 5:30 a.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. on Sundays.

The path will remain open during daytime hours, but will be narrowed to 3 feet minimum width to accommodate the work zone. An alternate option to avoid the work zone closure is to use Trimet’s MAX from the nearby Sunset Transit Center.

The closure area is part of a work zone for an ODOT RealTime project, which will provide real-time traffic information on roads to help travelers get where they’re going more safely and efficiently. The work adjacent to the path involves drilling foundations for a new electronic sign. For more information, visit www.odotrealtime.org.

Attached is a flier with more information, including a detour map. There will also be signs posted on the path. Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Lili Boicourt, Community Affairs Coordinator
503-731-8247 (desk) | 503-731-3266 (fax)
Lili.D.Boicourt@odot.state.or.us

Police write 53 speeding citations in just two hours on Highway 26 near the Zoo

Posted on October 12th, 2016 at 3:41 pm.

PPB officers camped out on Highway 26 up near the Oregon Zoo to catch speeders. Read their press release below for how that turned out…

53 CITATIONS ISSUED DURING A #VISIONZERO TRAFFIC SAFETY MISSION

News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: October 12th, 2016 3:04 PM
Downloadable file: Vision_Zero.jpg
On Tuesday October 11, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on the Sunset Highway at the Oregon Zoo overpass. For approximately two hours, officers conducted high-visibility enforcement and education stops.

In total, 53 traffic citations were issued along with three written warnings. The average citation speed was 70 MPH in the 50 MPH zone. This location was selected for the mission due to the number of crashes that occur on the Sunset Highway.

This mission was conducted in an effort to address the high number of traffic crashes this year resulting in serious physical injuries or death. So far this year, 32 people have died in traffic-related crashes.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.