By Janet Goetze
For the Star News
Eight city, county, regional and state agencies will coordinate construction work planned in the Cully neighborhood and downtown streets in 2017 and 2018, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.
The construction coordination is dubbed Get Portland Moving. The goal is to lessen the travel impacts and increase safety for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, according to a news release from the transportation bureau.
The bureau will partner with Waze, a free, real-time, crowd-sourced traffic and navigation app, to provide congestion information and help users plan their trips. It can be consulted on smartphones or online. Road closures, project details and other information can be found at www.movepdx.net. The city Biketown program will offer discounts for first-time riders during major closures.
Cully, which includes critical freight routes, will have pavement restored in several areas along with signals and other safety improvements. Downtown projects will include repairing and replacing aging streets, sewers, rail track beds and machinery, and bridge structures. U.S. 26 will be widened in summer months and more Real Time signs will be installed. Travelers may visit www.tripcheck.com to plan a route.
An example of multi-agency coordination will take place from April 30 to May 20 when MAX service will be interrupted for major sewer repair work along Southwest Yamhill and Morrison streets, Multnomah County’s Burnside Bridge project and the Portland Park Bureau’s upgrading of Pioneer Courthouse Square.
Repairs will be made to three downtown bridges this year, said Jessica Vega Pederson, a Multnomah County commissioner. “We’re working to minimize inconvenience to commuters by coordinating schedules so lanes will be closed on only two bridges at a time,” she said.
The cooperating agencies, besides the city transportation bureau, include the Bureau of Environmental Services, the Portland Water Bureau, Parks and Recreation, Multnomah County, the Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet and Portland Streetcar.