Alert: PBOT prepares for possible flooding on Johnson Creek

Potential for limited flooding along Johnson Creek between 10:00 p.m. tonight through the evening of Friday, December 29.

(Dec. 28, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) warns the traveling public that the potential for heavy rain, combined with melting snow, could cause limited flooding along Johnson Creek between 10:00 p.m. tonight through the evening of Friday, December 29.

The National Weather Service has issued a flood watch for portions of Northwest Oregon and southwest Washington, including Johnson Creek. A Flood Watch means there is a potential for flooding based on current forecasts.

To help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency, PBOT makes free sand and sandbags available at no charge to anyone who wants to use them to protect their property from flood damage. No shovels are provided, so the public must bring their own. The sandbag sites are located at:

  • SE 88th Avenue just south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park. Enter parking lot at the bottom of the hill, and follow one-way traffic to the sand pile at the exit on the east side of SE 88th;
  • SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection; and
  • SW 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park; enter Gabriel Park from Vermont.

Location details for the three City-operated sandbag sites can also be found at http://bit.ly/pdxsand.

In the event of flooding, PBOT is prepared to close travel lanes and/or streets.

Should streets need to be closed, PBOT asks the traveling public to obey all road closed signs. Do not move them or drive around them. The roads have been closed because of hazardous conditions. If drivers ignore the signs, they are potentially putting themselves, other travelers and PBOT crews at risk.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

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Improvements Coming to I-205

Construction begins in early 2018!

The Oregon Department of Transportation will begin construction in early 2018 for a project to improve the condition, traffic flow and safety on Interstate 205 between Johnson Creek Boulevard and the Glenn Jackson Bridge. The project includes:

  • Repaving approximately nine miles of I-205, freeway ramps and intersections.
  • Building auxiliary lanes in three locations.
  • Installing ODOT RealTime traveler information and advisory signs.
  • Improving the entrance to the multi-use path at Glisan Street.
  • Improving sidewalk curb ramps within the project area.

Visit the project website to learn more about the project and to sign up for email updates.