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Traffic Advisory: PBOT begins construction next week on East Burnside Rose Lane

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A rendering of E Burnside Street at MLK Blvd. PBOT will install a red bus-and-turn (BAT) lane on E Burnside between MLK Blvd and 12th Avenue.
The Central City in Motion project will improve speed and reliability for bus riders on East Burnside on TriMet bus lines 12, 19, and 20.
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(Oct 14, 2022) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) begins construction next week on East Burnside Rose Lane Project. This project will speed up transit, while improving safety for people biking, walking, or rolling through the intersection. Construction will last approximately 12 months and include intermittent lane closures, parking restrictions, and travel delays.

PBOT will extend the existing bus lane over the Burnside Bridge by adding a bus-and-turn (BAT) lane on East Burnside from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to 12th Avenue. As part of the project, PBOT will install a new traffic signal at Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, which will provide separate signal phases for buses, people biking, and car traffic traveling east on Burnside or turning right onto Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. 

PBOT is also adding a one-block bike lane extension on the west side of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard as part of the project. This will allow eastbound bike traffic from the Burnside Bridge to better connect with the SE Ankeny Street Neighborhood Greenway.

East Burnside Rose Lane Project  

This Rose Lane Project will improve speed and reliability for bus riders on East Burnside on TriMet bus lines 12, 19, and 20.

Between Grand Avenue and 12th Avenue, the new BAT lane will replace the southernmost motor vehicle travel lane. On the block between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Grand Avenue, curb extensions and car parking will be removed along the south side of East Burnside to create an additional travel lane for the bus.

This project is part of Central City in Motion plan adopted by City Council in 2018. These projects are key to Portland's future, allowing PBOT to move more people through the Central City by prioritizing transit and making it safer for people to walk, bike, and roll. Portland is a growing city and by building complete streets that allow reliable movement for all road users our streets are made safer.

The new lane configuration on East Burnside includes a bus and turn lane, a bicycle lane, two travel lanes for cars, and parking on each side of the street.
The new lane configuration on East Burnside includes a bus and turn lane, a bicycle lane, two travel lanes for cars, and parking on each side of the street.

Construction Impacts 

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel slowly and cautiously in work zones, observe all detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. 

Expect dust, noise, vibrations, and heavy equipment near work zones.  As always, please keep crews safe by following all traffic control signs and flaggers while travelling through or near work zones.  

Parking will be restricted 1 to 2 days before crews begin construction.  

At least one lane of vehicle traffic will be maintained during construction. Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained.  

People riding transit should visit trimet.org/#alerts/ for the latest service impacts.  

This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change. 

PBOT will provide periodic updates throughout construction. To sign up for construction updates, visit portland.gov/transportation/ccim/e-burnside

Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we complete this work.