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News Release: PBOT releases winter storm response ‘by the numbers,’ PBEM emergency prep tips

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(Jan. 8, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation is releasing data today about the bureau’s response to the recent winter storm event that brought snow and ice accumulations to the Portland area Jan. 3 to Jan. 6.

The recent icy conditions are a great reminder that by preparing for winter weather, Portlanders are also making themselves better prepared to withstand earthquakes, floods and other disasters. The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management has tips for the public to help prepare for disasters:

From Jan. 3 through 6 a.m. on Jan. 6, PBOT’s storm response included:

Portland Aerial Tram rides: 300 rides on Sunday, and 4,830 from midnight Sunday night through midnight Monday night. The tram is normally closed on Sundays in winter, but it opened and stayed open overnight while SW Sam Jackson Park Road was closed.

Hours worked: More than 3,600 storm-related staff hours, 24 hours a day.

Road closures: 16 roads closed and later reopened -- half of them within 7 hours.


  • Deicer applied: More than 24,000 gallons during the storms.
  • Sand: 1,100 cubic yards (about 90 large dump trucks).

Routes: PBOT crews deiced 1,700 lane-miles of snow and ice routes at least four times, for a total of 6,800 miles – the equivalent of driving from Portland to Miami and back.

For more travel tips, see PBOT’s winter travel web page: 

PBOT also offers answers to frequently asked questions about the City’s preparations and response to snow and ice events and what the public should do before, during and after a storm. See:

Residents are advised to notify PBOT of roadway hazards by calling our 24/7 maintenance dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700.