Residential Permit Nights every 1st & 3rd Thursday

Working on a home improvement project? Building a new residence? Can’t make it to the Development Services Center during regular business hours? In 2019, the Bureau of Development Services is offering Residential Permit Night on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month (excluding holidays). The Development Services Center is open from 5 to 7:30 p.m. on Residential Permit Nights, where you can visit staff from BDS, the Bureau of Environmental Services, Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Water Bureau to discuss or start permitting your residential project.

Learn more about Residential Permit Night: www.portlandoregon.gov/bds/article/636377

1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month from 5 to 7:30 p.m. 1900 SW 4th Ave, Portland, OR 97201 503-823-7300

Portland Public Schools Audit Reveals Alarming Problems

The following is a newsletter summarizing the PPS Audit Report from Secretary of State Dennis Richardson:

Portland Public Schools (PPS) has an unacceptably high achievement gap of 53% between white and African-American students. This gap is far worse than the state average. There are also troubling gaps in student achievement for students who are Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, Hispanic/Latino, or economically disadvantaged.

My team’s recent audit of PPS revealed a system that is grossly underserving low-income students and students of color. This is not acceptable in Portland, or anywhere. Every Oregonian should be alarmed and angered by these findings. Our kids deserve better.

High Funding But Low Results

Despite higher funding and lower poverty rates than most peer districts, management challenges at PPS and an inconsistent focus on performance are hurting students and teachers. Achievement gaps can mean that underserved students are years behind their peers in learning.

PPS has more funding per student than all Oregon peer districts, with $2,000+ per student more than each of the next 11 largest districts. PPS also has more funding than many national peer districts, along with equal or lower poverty rates than most state and national peer districts.

PPS is doing better than the state average at helping wealthy and middle-class white students succeed, as well as students with disabilities. However, low-income students and students of color are significantly worse off.

As we found in a statewide audit last year, high school graduation rates remain low, with worse outcomes for low-income students and students of color. While PPS should be applauded for recent small increases in graduation rates, there is far more work to do.

One parent leader told the audit team: “I wish that PPS central office staff would sit in the classroom for a day and understand the impact of their policies. Then they would do something.”

Problem Spending

Despite relatively high funding, PPS is spending a smaller percentage on instruction than many of their peer districts. So, where is the money going?

Analysis of spending in PPS and peer districts revealed potential savings for PPS in executive administration (high numbers of employees earning over $100,000), use of substitute teachers and educational assistants, health benefits, bus service, legal costs, and building utilization.

The audit identified insufficient oversight of contracts, as well as purchasing card spending for things like staff meeting refreshments and Amazon Prime memberships. In 2017, PPS spent at least $13,000 on a retirement party to rent the Portland Spirit river cruise ship, give out crystal clock retirement gifts, and shipped in flowers from Hawaii. Another party was held in 2018.

High teacher absence rates resulted in PPS’s per student costs for licensed substitute salaries being 39% higher than the average cost for the next three largest districts in Oregon in 2016-17.

Entrenched Inequities

Compared to peer districts across the country, PPS ranked relatively high for achievement by white students but relatively low for achievement by students of color.

The inequities found at PPS are harming students at schools serving high numbers of African-American, Latino, and economically disadvantaged students. Problems range from relatively high rates of teacher turnover and less experienced teachers in the classrooms to disconnects between teachers and administrators regarding managing student conduct.

These and other inequities result in increased disruption and lower quality education for students of color and those from low-income households. For example, hiring rules give high-poverty schools fewer teachers to choose from than wealthier schools. The rules also lead to staffing of these underperforming schools with more difficult-to-place teachers and can cause the schools to lose their newly trained teachers after just two years.

A longtime principal at a high-poverty school told us that high-poverty schools “not only get the least-qualified new applicants, but then we get the people who are guaranteed jobs but have been passed over for openings at other schools.”

These systemic obstacles are creating serious problems. Over the last four years, third-grade reading and writing test scores have improved slightly across the district. Yet academic results for African-American and economically disadvantaged students have actually fallen.

High Teacher Absences

When teachers are absent frequently, it can disrupt a child’s learning environment. Auditors found that teachers at high-poverty schools were absent an average of one entire month out of the nine-month school year. This does not include holidays and scheduled breaks. Absences occurred most often on Mondays or Fridays.

The percentage of high-poverty classrooms that go without a substitute when a teacher is absent is triple that of other schools. This means children experience more disruption in their day-to-day learning, which can lower achievement.

State Oversight Lacking

Despite these significant problems, the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) is doing little to hold districts like PPS accountable to key standards, or to support and monitor efficient district spending. One ODE official told the audit team: “There is a lot of patience in the system for mediocre performance.” This is not acceptable.

ODE’s limited enforcement of district standards, a reliance on short-lived improvement initiatives, and a disjointed system of education funding all increase the risk that student performance will continue to lag.

Avoiding Accountability

One of the most concerning potential barriers to fixing these problems was what Oregon Public Broadcasting called an “unusual move” by several PPS leaders. It is very disappointing that they tried to cover up these highly concerning audit findings and explain away obvious shortcomings before the audit was even released. Their apparent aversion to accountability demonstrates why transparency is crucial.

Community leaders like the head of Portland’s largest Black Lives Matter organization, Don’t Shoot PDX, are already calling for robust follow-up to ensure improvements are made. We are committed to making that happen.

Last fall, I introduced a new effort to increase transparency, accountability, and integrity in Oregon government by issuing follow-up reports for all audits. We will take a look at the progress PPS makes in about a year. I’m optimistic that we will see positive changes.

Needed Solutions

The audit recommended 26 specific changes, all of which were agreed to by ODE and PPS. For ODE, auditors’ recommendations included that the agency work with the Legislature and education stakeholders to align education investments and improve school district compliance with state education standards.

For PPS, the auditors recommended that the district conduct in-depth investigations and report on potential savings areas including spending on executive administration, health benefits, bus services, legal services, and building utilization and the use of substitute teachers and educational assistants due to educator absences. Also, PPS should focus on measuring results and addressing inequities at high-poverty schools.

Hope For The Future

This audit shines a much needed spotlight of transparency on how PPS is not serving low-income students or students of color. I am hopeful this will spur the correction of these inequalities. Transparency leads to accountability, which in turn leads to better performance.

All Oregon students are the future of our state. Providing them all with appropriate support to reach higher achievements cannot wait.

North Willamette Neighborhood Greenway Project

This project will improve conditions for people bicycling and walking by slowing down and reducing cut-through traffic on neighborhood streets, around and including N Willamette Blvd in the Arbor Lodge and Overlook neighborhoods. The project will create a neighborhood greenway on N Willamette Blvd from N Rosa Parks Way to N Interstate Ave. Project elements will include:

  • Traffic pattern changes that reduce the number of people cutting through on neighborhood streets to avoid main thoroughfares. All changes will allow full access to homes for residents, visitors, and deliveries.

  • Speed bumps to reduce traffic speeds.

  • Pavement markings and signs designating the route as a neighborhood greenway. 

Project background

People using N Curtis, N Villard, N Atlantic, and N Willamette to avoid busier main streets has been increasing for several years. Community members have increasingly asked for solutions to the high volume of cars speeding down their typically quiet, calm streets. PBOT collected traffic data and found the speed and volume of people driving is impacting the local street network and creating unsafe conditions. The N Willamette Neighborhood Greenway project will create a new, low-stress bikeway on a key connection on the peninsula and improve residential streets by instituting traffic diversion and calming measures in key locations.

Project goals

  • To reduce the number of people cutting through neighborhood streets.

  • To slow vehicle speeds.

  • To create a low-stress bikeway that connects the busy section of N Willamette Blvd to N Interstate Ave.

Proposed Project schedule

Public outreach and planning – Winter 2018/19 
Test traffic pattern changes – March 2019 
Publicize final plans – Spring 2019 
Construction all project elements – Summer 2019

Contact

Scott Cohen | (503) 823-5345 | scott.cohen@portlandoregon.gov

To see the full project details, click here.

Changes to 2019 Community Event Fees

Portland Bureau of Transportation community event fees are changing on January 1, 2019. Please read on to learn about our newly restructured fees and other changes to the community event program. 

The community event fee structure hasn’t changed for many years and was due for an update. The 2019 update includes:

  • a new application fee,

  • the elimination of the non-profit versus for-profit structure,

  • the introduction of ticketed events

This is a complete restructuring that subsidizes community building events that have no sales, admission fees, concessions, or compensation in any form as well as farmers markets. You can see all the details in the 2019 Community Event Fee Structure below or on our website.

Non-profit organizations may be eligible for a 50% reduction of fees. Please see the fee waiver criteria below or on our website.

Ticketed events are a brand new addition to our program. To be eligible for this permit, ticket sales must be available to the general public.

This restructuring might appear overwhelming at first but we’re happy to help you navigate through these changes. Please call or email us to see how the new fee structure will affect your event.

We’re anticipating 2019 to be another lively and engaging year. Please let us know how we can provide support to make your event successful!

Questions? Please contact the community event coordinator at: pbotcommunityevent@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-1099. 

www.pbotcommunityevent.com

 

Type 1 Event: Event with no sales, admission fees, concessions, or compensation in any form and farmer's markets

Type 2 Event: Event with ten (10) or more vendors with items for purchase

Type 3 Event: Event with less than ten (10) vendors with items for purchase

Permit Fee Reduction and Waiver Criteria

The City supports the goals and objectives of nonprofit organizations hosting street events which provide a civic benefit to the community and align with the goals of the Portland in the Streets Programs.

Subject to application approval, PBOT may reduce or waive the permit and parking fees for community event permit applicants which meet the following criteria:

  1. Nonprofit status (applicant holds 501c tax status)

  2. In good permit standing with all City, County and State Offices

  3. Provide a written description of how the event meets one or more of Portland’s community placemaking goals which include: builds community; supports local business; promotes healthy and active lifestyles; and reflects/builds community identity.

Application, alcohol and ticketed event fees are excluded from fee reduction or waiver eligibility.

The limits for a reduction or waiver authorization are as follows:

  • Administrative: 50% reduction of permit and parking fees

  • Commissioner: 75% reduction of permit and parking fees

  • Above 75% reduction or fee waiver require City Council authorization.

City to Fund Expanded Legal Services to Combat Housing Discrimination

PORTLAND, OR (November 20, 2018) – Findings from the latest Fair Housing audit, released today, revealed that in nearly one in four cases, leasing agents had provided adverse differential treatment to prospective renters based on their race or national origin. 

The City of Portland contracts annually with the Fair Housing Council of Oregon (FHCO) to conduct random anonymous testing of housing providers to identify potential illegal discrimination as well as other patterns or issues in the city’s rental market. Results are analyzed to identify market trends of concern, areas to target education efforts and, where there is sufficient evidence, to conduct enforcement of Fair Housing violations.

However, this year’s report also cites challenges to successful enforcement of Fair Housing law, including the difficulty of obtaining the services of a private attorney and a lack of funding for enforcement at the state and city level. 

To support increased enforcement efforts, the Portland Housing Bureau is releasing a solicitation making up to $200,000 available for one or more community-based organizations to provide a range of renter services for historically underserved communities living in Multnomah County, with an emphasis on direct legal services to enforce Fair Housing and landlord tenant law.

"We want to make sure Portland continues to address these issues as we focus our resources on some of our most vulnerable citizens, realizing there is a lot more work to be done,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler.

Between March 2016 and February 2018, FHCO conducted 45 initial tests of rental properties within the City of Portland. Of these tests, 16 were either positive or inconclusive for adverse differential treatment of a protected class tester and warranted further testing. The 13 total positive tests (including retests) showed evidence that differing information about rental terms and conditions, rent prices, move-in specials, deposits, application fees, and screening criteria had been provided that favored the comparative tester over the protected class tester. Testing also showed that agents continued to make statements that could either discourage protected class testers from renting or applying or encourage comparative testers to rent or apply.

"Despite the fact that the Fair Housing Act was passed 50 years ago, many members of our community continue to experience discrimination and differential treatment in the housing market,” said Housing Bureau Director Shannon Callahan. “As we address the challenges in our community of displacement and housing affordability, it’s critical to ensure that Portlanders are treated equally when they are applying for housing and have the same access to opportunity, regardless of their race, national origin, color, religion, sex, family status, or disability.”

Click here to download the full FHCO report.
Click here to download the Tenant Protections Legal Services Request for Letters of Interest.

Winter shelter updates for Portland Metro Area

PORTLAND -- With winter-like weather approaching, County Chair Deborah Kafoury and service providers will update the community on plans for providing shelter, outreach, transportation and gear for people experiencing homelessness this winter.

The most recent Point in Time Count found more people sleeping in shelter than on Multnomah County’s streets for the first time. But for the hundreds of neighbors without shelter, even one day or night of severe weather – including high winds, and snow, sleet and ice – is a life-threatening event that requires an emergency response.

That’s why, no matter how many days of severe weather we might see, the Joint Office of Homeless Services and emergency management officials in Multnomah County and Portland all share a plan that can scale up rapidly to provide the necessary response.

The plan is centered on a fundamental commitment: No one who needs a warm, dry and safe place during severe weather will ever be turned away.

Outreach providers and first responders work with the Joint Office, emergency management officials and scores of volunteers and community-based organizations stand ready on any given night, depending on the whims of the forecast, to help hundreds of people into shelter with room to spare.

“It’s up to all of us to keep our neighbors warm, dry and safe when the weather turns deadly,” Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury said. “I’m humbled, year after year, by the support and compassion in this community.”

Winter shelters also opening

But work to help our neighbors find safety starts well before severe weather strikes. Providers will open more than 250 of seasonal shelter beds, adding to the more than 1,300 year-round beds funded by the public. Those winter and year-round beds are separate from the hundreds of beds that open, as needed, only during severe weather.

  • The County’s Walnut Park building (5329 NE MLK, Portland) will host 80 beds for men, women, and people in couples. Transition Projects is operating the shelter.

  • Do Good Multnomah is adding 40 seasonal beds to its 40-bed shelter for veterans in Rose City Park. Of those beds, 30 will be set aside for non-veterans.

  • Portsmouth Union Church (4775 N. Lombard, Portland) is hosting a 50-bed shelter for the winter. The Church has traditionally provided beds during severe weather. The shelter is operating in partnership with Do Good Multnomah.

  • 75 beds of winter shelter for people in families also will open next month.

New outreach protocols announced

This year, providers are adding additional outreach capacity during cold weather, but before our severe weather thresholds are reached. Outreach workers will specifically work with families experiencing homelessness this winter.

Also, under new “cold weather alerts” issued when temperatures are forecast to reach 32 degrees, providers will step up general outreach efforts, including the ability to purchase and distribute winter gear. And 211 will operate 24 hours and help connect people to any empty shelter beds.

Donation and volunteering information

in addition on Monday, community leaders will announce the return of an opportunity for residents to help out strategically before the weather turns dangerous.

Just like last year, 211info.org/donations will share information on training sessions for shelter volunteers as well as specific instructions for proactively donating winter gear.

“There’s so much more that you and your neighbors can do. Right now,” Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “Go to 211info.org/donations. You can see lists of the winter gear that our outreach workers rely on to keep people warm — and you can see where and when you can drop it off. It takes all of us. All year long. But especially when it’s cold outside.”

Complete the Portland Police Community Survey by Nov. 30th!

Help Shape the Future of the Portland Police Bureau (PPB)

The Portland Police Bureau is in the early stages of developing its Strategic Plan for the next five years and would like your help.

To participate in this survey, please click the link below. All responses will be kept confidential and identifying information will be kept private. Please provide you input by Friday, November 30th, 2018.

Portland Police Bureau Strategic Planning Community Survey

 

I-405 Ramp Project Repair in 2019

PROJECT OVERVIEW

ODOT will soon begin construction on a project to repair a number of freeway ramps along Interstate 405. These repairs will improve the condition and maintain the long-term safety and use of this heavily traveled freeway.

Construction begins in the spring of 2019 and lasts through the fall of 2020. This work requires closing lanes, shoulders and on- and off-ramps along I-405, U.S. 30, Interstate 5 and U.S. 26.

The actual work will take place on I-405 on either side of the Fremont Bridge and on the ramp from I-405 north to U.S. 26 west. Three freeway ramps will receive new concrete surfaces. The on- and off-ramp closures are needed to maintain a safe work zone for construction staff.

TRAFFIC IMPACTS

Traffic impacts include nighttime, weekend and extended closures of on- and off-ramps along I-405 and I-5 as well as lane and shoulder closures. Some sidewalks, lanes and parking on local roads will close as well.

RAMP CLOSURES

In order to complete the work, on- and off-ramps in the project area will experience intermittent closures, including nighttime, weekend and extended closures. (See maps below for ramp closure locations.)

Approximately 21 weekend closures are expected throughout the project. Some weekend ramp closures will happen simultaneously. This number could change based on weather or site conditions. Weekend closures will start as early as 8 p.m. on Friday and will end by 10 a.m. on Monday.

Multiple overnight closures of on- and off-ramps and lanes will take place for nighttime construction work. Night work is needed in order to minimize traffic impacts during the day.

EXTENDED CLOSURES

During summer 2019 and summer 2020:

  • 11-day closure: US 30 east to I-405 south

  • 14-day closure: US 30 east to I-405 north

Extended closures are needed to install new concrete surfaces.

ODOT will continue to send project updates, including ramp closure dates and detour routes, as the project continues. Closer to construction, you can find the most current project information at www.i405ramps.org.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS? 

Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs
Phone: (503) 731-8247 
Email: i405ramps@odot.state.or.us 

FIND MORE PROJECT INFORMATION AT WWW.i405RAMPS.ORG

Latest updates for the neighborhood sewer project

St. Johns – Cathedral Park Sewer Repair Project Update: November 9, 2018

Environmental Services has begun construction on a project to repair over 11,000 feet, or about 2 miles, of public sewers in the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods. Many of the sewer pipes are about 80 years old and deteriorating due to age. This investment in your neighborhood will allow for continued dependable sewer service and protect the public and our environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Construction began mid-September 2018 and will take about a year to complete. Depending on the location and construction method, work could last up to a month or more in one area. For the most up-to-date information and map of the project schedule, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/StJohnsCPark.

 

Week of November 12:

  • Crews will repair the sewer mainline on N Trumbull Avenue between Hudson and Smith Streets using open trench construction. This will take about two more days to complete.

  • Crews will repair the sewer mainline on N Hudson Street between Trumbull and St. Louis Avenues using open trench construction. This will take about a week to complete.

  • Crews will repair a few lateral pipes on N Macrum Avenue between Mears Street and Columbia Boulevard. This will take about three days to complete.

  • Crews will repair the sewer mainline on N Mears Street between Oregonian and Macrum Avenues using open trench construction. This will take about a week to complete.

 

Week of November 19 (no work on November 22 and 23 for the Thanksgiving holiday):

  • Crews will repair lateral pipes on N Trumbull Avenue between Hudson and Smith Streets and lateral pipes on N Hudson Street between Trumbull and St. Louis Avenues. This will take up to a week to complete.

 

Crews will continue installing manhole steps in the work areas below. This work will take approximately one day to complete each area.

  • N Trumbull Avenue between Hudson Street and Smith Street

  • N Hudson Street between Trumbull Avenue and St Louis Avenue

  • N St Louis Avenue between Hudson Street and Smith Street

  • N Central Street between Bristol Avenue and Trumbull Avenue

  • N Central Street between Trumbull Avenue and St Louis Avenue

  • N Columbia Boulevard between Midway Avenue and Oregonian Avenue

CONSTRUCTION METHODS

The city uses many construction methods to repair or replace sewer pipes. For the upcoming sewer line repairs, the city plans to use Open Trench Excavation. To learn more about different constructions methods and what can be expected during construction, go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

We have started some pre-construction activities and you may see crews working in your neighborhood. Activities could include documenting pipe conditions via video cameras; fencing off trees for protection; tree trimming; equipment use and storage; noise, vibration and dust; traffic delays, and parking restrictions.

 

Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.

 

Residents and businesses should expect periods of inactivity between phases of work, ranging from a few days to a few weeks. In areas where the repair requires a trench, temporary pavement will be applied to the site until permanent pavement can be applied at a later date. The duration of any period of inactivity depends on a variety of variables including underground conditions, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules, quality control tests, and availability of materials. In the event of a sewer backup, storm drainage problems or clogged catch basins, call 503-823-1700.

 

To learn more about what to expect during construction go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/constructionimpacts.

 

KEEPING YOU INFORMED

The city’s goal is to keep businesses and residents informed during construction. The latest project information is available in several ways:

·      Mailings: Project updates will be mailed throughout project construction.

·      Website: The latest construction schedule and project updates will be available at: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/StJohnsCPark

  • Email Updates: To sign up for email updates, email Jessica@jla.us.com with “St. Johns – Cathedral Park Sewer” in the subject line. If you include your address, we can provide you with specific construction information about your location.

 

Update on Multnomah County Roads Capital Improvement Plan

The following is from the Multnomah County Roads:

We Heard You

In spring 2018 we held open houses around the county and online. We wanted to hear from you about our Evaluation Criteria, Project List, and Priorities for the Multnomah County Roads Capital Improvement Plan. The plan is an effort to take a 20-year look at the capital needs of the county’s urban and rural roads.
 
We heard about a number of issues that are important to you. High-crash sites were reported, as well as problem areas for long-standing and dangerous high-speed driving. We also heard that more immediate maintenance and safety concerns limit some peoples’ vision for long-range planning. Biking and walking are on the majority of your minds.
 
We also heard that long-term needs and concerns differ in urban and rural areas as well as in specific areas in the county. Residents in the western edge of the county are concerned with cut-through commuter traffic. Increased industry and shipping are affecting traffic volumes near Marine Drive in the east. And in the rural east, people are concerned about wear-and-tear from tourism, and logging in the Columbia River Gorge.
 
Evaluation Criteria

We also heard from you about our project Evaluation Criteria. We asked you to rank our seven criteria (Safety, Sustainability, Mobility, Asset Management, Equity, Resiliency, Emergency Management). With feedback from you and our project partners, Safety and Equity appear to be the most important criteria. As we begin to evaluate projects, those that improve Safety and Equity will have higher priority.

Collecting Data and Mapping Deficiencies

To better understand the conditions of our roads, we scanned all 270 miles of County maintained roads using a laser survey called LIDAR. The scans of the roadways went from top to bottom and side-to-side, similar to Google Streetview.

The scans allow the project team to extract and analyze detailed information for 11 aspects of our county roads:

  • Travel lanes

  • Bike lanes

  • Driveways

  • Landscape buffers

  • Legends – examples could include turn arrows, bicycle lane stencils, RR XING stencils, etc.

  • Shoulders

  • Obstacles

  • Sidewalk data

  • Turning lane/width

  • Medians

  • Curbs

The project team is mapping these 11 pieces of information including the size, shape, and condition of all. The County will have this data to use in maintenance, project design and construction, and decision-making for leveraging funds. We will share this info with you during the next round of outreach and open houses in early 2019.
 
The information collected and mapped through the LIDAR scan will be added to the County’s existing maps showing things like landslide hazards, guardrail condition, culverts and ditches. This comprehensive map will help us see where there are deficiencies in our road system and help us identify what we need to build to improve the system.

Next Steps

Throughout the fall, we are compiling and analyzing the LIDAR data. We will return in early 2019 with a full range of public outreach including a project update, open houses, an online open house, and numerous briefings with community groups. Stay tuned; in the next round of outreach we will share which projects the county wants to add to the final plan and how well they meet our community values. We look forward to hearing your thoughts during the next outreach phase.

Stay Tuned

In the next round of outreach we will share which projects the county wants to add to the final plan and how well they meet our community values. We look forward to hearing your thoughts during the next outreach phase.

Neighborhood Contact Code Updates

 The Planning and Sustainability Commission voted on August 28 to recommend an amended draft to City Council. Staff are putting together the package (staff report, revised code language, ordinance, etc) for City Council, and a Council date in early 2019 will be assigned when this is done.  BPS expects to bundle this update to the code with other code changes moving through the legislative process.

Thanks to the public for your comments, questions and testimony. The next part of the process will be that the public will be able to testify to City Council in writing and/or in person after the Recommended Draft is released. Stay tuned for more updates.

Improvements to Lombard Mainstreet

In 1903, a new streetcar line opened in St. Johns that traveled along Lombard. These rail lines are still buried under the road, which is causing some of the pavement failures seen on the street. In addition, paving over the rail lines throughout the years has caused the profile of Lombard to be unusually sloped – so much so that it is difficult to add curb ramps that meet ADA standards.

To truly make N Lombard through St. Johns comfortable, accessible, safe, and hardy, these rail lines need to be removed and the driving surface needs to be reconstructed.

Portland’s recently adopted Build Portland infrastructure investment program made this project possible, with $3 million in funding to reconstruct the roadway. PBOT added another $1 million in funding to further enhance the project by adding the curb extensions, crossings, and upgraded bus stops.

To see the full scope of the project and to sign up for project e-mail updates, click here!

Join METRO committees

Metro regional government is seeking volunteers for positions on three committees that advise on regional transportation issues, public engagement and racial equity. New committee member terms will start in January 2019. Serving on these committees is an opportunity to influence regional government, and make sure our community perspective is reflected in decision-making. Metro will accept applications until October 22, 2018. That's this Monday, so get your applications in now! Find more information below, or at this link

Transportation Policy Alternatives Committee

Public Engagement Review Committee

Parks and Nature Equity Advisory Committee

Latest updates for neighborhood sewer project!

St. Johns – Cathedral Park Sewer Repair Project Update: October 18, 2018

Environmental Services has begun construction on a project to repair over 11,000 feet, or about 2 miles, of public sewers in the St. Johns and Cathedral Park neighborhoods. Many of the sewer pipes are about 80 years old and deteriorating due to age. This investment in your neighborhood will allow for continued dependable sewer service and protect the public and our environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to homes, businesses and streets.

CONSTRUCTION SCHEDULE

Construction began mid-September 2018 and will take about a year to complete. Depending on the location and construction method, work could last up to a month or more in one area. For the most up-to-date information and map of the project schedule, visitwww.portlandoregon.gov/bes/StJohnsCPark.

 

Week of October 22:

  • Crews will continue the lateral pipe work on N Chicago Avenue between Smith and Seneca streets. This work will take a couple more days to complete.

  • Crews will begin work on N John Avenue between Hudson and Smith Streets using open trench excavation to repair the sewer mainline. This will take up to a week to complete.

 

Week of October 29:

  • Crews will repair a few lateral pipes on N John Avenue between Hudson and Smith Streets using open trench excavation. This will take up to two days to complete.

  • Crews will begin work on N Trumbull Avenue between Hudson and Smith Streets using open trench excavation to repair the sewer mainline. This will take up to a week to complete.

  • Permanent paving will be done at the following locations:

    • N Mohawk Avenue between Olympia and Banks Streets

    • N Mohawk Avenue between Fessenden and Olympia Streets

    • N Hartman Street between Pier Park Place and Iris Way

Crews will continue installing manhole steps through early November in the work areas below. This work will take approximately one day to complete each area.

  • N Trumbull Avenue between Hudson Street and Smith Street

  • N Hudson Street between Trumbull Avenue and St Louis Avenue

  • N St Louis Avenue between Hudson Street and Smith Street

  • N Central Street between Bristol Avenue and Trumbull Avenue

  • N Central Street between Trumbull Avenue and St Louis Avenue

  • N Columbia Boulevard between Midway Avenue and Oregonian Avenue

CONSTRUCTION METHODS

The city uses many construction methods to repair or replace sewer pipes. For the upcoming sewer line repairs, the city plans to use Open Trench Excavation. To learn more about different constructions methods and what can be expected during construction, go towww.portlandoregon.gov/bes/methods.

 

WHAT TO EXPECT DURING CONSTRUCTION

We have started some pre-construction activities and you may see crews working in your neighborhood. Activities could include documenting pipe conditions via video cameras; fencing off trees for protection; equipment use and storage; noise, vibration and dust; traffic delays, and parking restrictions.

 

Typical work hours are 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, but the contractor may schedule work during the same hours on Saturdays.

 

Residents and businesses should expect periods of inactivity between phases of work, ranging from a few days to a few weeks. In areas where the repair requires a trench, temporary pavement will be applied to the site until permanent pavement can be applied at a later date. The duration of any period of inactivity depends on a variety of variables including underground conditions, weather, traffic impacts, subcontractor schedules, quality control tests, and availability of materials. In the event of a sewer backup, storm drainage problems or clogged catch basins, call 503-823-1700.

 

To learn more about what to expect during construction go to www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/constructionimpacts.

 

KEEPING YOU INFORMED

The city’s goal is to keep businesses and residents informed during construction. The latest project information is available in several ways:

 

    • Mailings: Project updates will be mailed throughout project construction.

    • Website: The latest construction schedule and project updates will be available at: www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/StJohnsCPark

    • Email Updates: To sign up for email updates, email Jessica@jla.us.com with “St. Johns – Cathedral Park Sewer” in the subject line. If you include your address, we can provide you with specific construction information about your location.

 

We will also reach out directly to neighbors who may have unique construction impacts.

 

FOR MORE INFORMATION

If you have questions, comments or concerns about business operations, disability issues or medical or business deliveries, please contact Jessica Pickul, JLA Public Involvement, at 503-235-5881 or jessica@jla.us.com. JLA Public Involvement is the public contact for this work on behalf of the Bureau of Environmental Services.

 

PBOT received go-ahead to proceed with St. Johns Truck Strategy Phase II

(October 16, 2018) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that it has received the Notice to Proceed from the Federal Highway Administration to begin Phase 2 of the St. Johns Truck Strategy. With this go-ahead in place, PBOT was able to put the Phase 2 projects out to bid earlier this fall and expects to choose a contractor by early November. Construction is anticipated to begin in early 2019. 

The $5 million Phase 2 will provide a variety of traffic calming tools to discourage cut-through truck traffic and improve safety for people walking and biking on N. St. Louis-Fessenden in the St Johns neighborhood. Phase 2 includes a High Intensity Activated crosswalk beacon (HAWK) at the intersection of N. Fessenden and Charleston. Installation of this signal is a high priority for the surrounding neighborhoods. To meet this community need, PBOT worked closely with state transportation officials to include the HAWK signal as part of Phase 2. 

The St. Johns Truck Strategy aims to encourage the use of designated freight routes around the St. Johns neighborhood and discourage use of neighborhood streets as cut-through routes. As funding has become available, PBOT has completed design elements of the strategy. In 2012, PBOT completed three design elements as part of Phase 1.

Take the Sunday Parkways Post Season Survey!

(Oct. 11, 2018) Another record-breaking season of Sunday Parkways has come to an end. With an estimated 125,000 participants over five events, the 2018 season was our biggest year yet!

In addition to offering events on four pre-existing and beloved neighborhood routes in Southeast, North, Outer Northeast and Northeast Portland, the Portland Bureau of Transportation introduced the Green Loop route in July – taking 33,000 participants on an adventure through Portland’s Central City. And, just like every year, each Parkways was filled with smiles, laughter, fun and hundreds upon thousands of first-time experiences that make this PBOT program the memory-making Portland institution it has become. 

After eleven seasons of Sunday Parkways, participants have shared lots of firsts:

  • First time riding a bike with friends or family in the street

  • First visit to a new park or neighborhood

  • First taste from that food cart that is now your favorite

  • First ride or walk with thousands of fellow Portlanders

  • First time volunteering for a community event

But even after all these years, we still have new firsts to add to the list. Here are some of our favorite "firsts" from Sunday Parkways 2018:

  • First time on the Green Loop, including the Rose Quarter, Broadway Bridge, Portland Art Museum, Portland State University and Lovejoy Fountain

  • First shared electric scooters at Sunday Parkways as part of Portland’s E-Scooter Pilot Program

  • First time at the new Gateway Discovery Park

  • First time hosting Everybody Rides and Adaptive Bikes

  • First Sunday Parkways appearances by Blaze the Trail Cat, Timber Joey, and Moshow the Cat Rapper

But enough from us, what was your favorite part of Sunday Parkways this year? We want to hear from you. Please take five minutes to complete the Sunday Parkways post-season survey. Your feedback will help us as we start planning for 2019. 

As a thank you for your participation, you will have the opportunity to be entered into a raffle at the end of the survey. Raffle prizes include: $25 Visa Gift Card (4 winners will be selected) and 2018 Sunday Parkways T-shirt (4 winners will be selected).


CLICK HERE TO TAKE THE SURVEY

Interstate Bridge Repairs Coming in 2020!

In September 2020, the northbound bridge of the Interstate Bridge will close for up to two weeks as crews replace a cracked trunnion and other parts that help lift and lower the bridge. During the closure, all traffic crossing the bridge will share the southbound bridge and sidewalks. The Interstate Bridge is located on Interstate 5 where it crosses the Columbia River between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.

This important maintenance work is necessary to keep the bridge in working order. Because this work takes place overhead, the northbound bridge must close to keep drivers safe and to provide access for construction crews and heavy equipment. We are preparing extensively for this project to ensure the shortest possible closure period. 

To see all the project details and projected delays, click here

City of Portland & Multnomah County move forward on Clean Diesel Procurement standards

Multnomah County has the highest exposure rate to diesel particulates in the state. And our local leaders know we can't have healthy communities without healthy air.

Last week, City of Portland Council and Multnomah County Board of Directors, voted unanimously in support of the joint Clean Diesel Procurement Policy. This is an initiative by local governments to adopt policy that leverages public investments by requiring contractors working on County and City funded construction projects to use equipment that reduces air pollution.

MARK YOUR CALENDAR:

Thursday DECEMBER 13th - City of Portland City Council Vote

Next steps for the adoption of the final policy, is for County and City diesel work group to incorporate public comments and make a final recommendation. The city has scheduled the vote for final adoption on December 13th, 2018.