Upcoming Light Rail Construction at SE 17th & Holgate

Dear Neighbors, we wanted to let you know about some construction scheduled at SE 17th & Holgate over the next few weeks which may have some traffic impacts, mostly on Holgate. TriMet’s contractor won’t begin work here until early next year, but I wanted to let you know about this underground utility work currently scheduled by others.

–Starting Monday, October 31, continuing for a few weeks, Northwest Natural Gas plans to work on the north side of Holgate, on both sides of 17th Ave. This will include closing the sidewalk on Holgate adjacent to the TriMet bus garage for a few days.

— Starting November 7, continuing for a couple days, Portland Water Bureau plans to work at the southeast corner of 17th & Holgate. They also plan to work in the intersection during the weekend of November 12 and on November 21.

— November 14-18 there may be more traffic on 17th Ave. ODOT plans to close the exit from eastbound Ross Island Bridge to southbound McLoughlin, and will direct this traffic to 17th Ave. (This is unrelated to light rail construction; I’m not sure what project is prompting it.)

Of course, construction schedules are always subject to change, but this is what we’ve heard is currently scheduled. There will be more private utility construction in January, followed by TriMet’s contractor beginning work on sewer pipes in the intersection, probably in early March.

Brooklyn Community Garden Call for Volunteers

Great news! Ms. Lee Kamrass has agreed to be the coordinator for our new community gardens. To get them ready for spring planting, we need volunteers to help with preparing the site (building raised beds, clearing, hauling) as well as with administrative activities such as volunteer recruitment and publicity.

Please send us an email with:
Your full name
Your street address
Phone number(s)
Area(s) of interest
Best days/times for you to attend a meeting and/or work on the site

Additionally, please let anyone you know who might be interested in the garden to contact us by email with ideas, questions, concerns.

We look forward to meeting and working with you on this incredibly exciting project.

October is National Crime Prevention Month!

What is Crime Prevention Awareness Month?

October is National Crime Prevention Awareness Month, which is the official month for recognizing the practice of crime prevention, as well as promoting awareness of important issues such as victimization, volunteerism, and creating safer, more connected communities. To celebrate, there are some exciting FREE activities happening all around Portland.

There’s fun to be had for the whole family, and we look forward to seeing you throughout the month of October. Stay tuned for more information about upcoming events. Find us on Facebook (City of Portland Crime Prevention Program), follow us on Twitter (@pdxpreventcrime), or visit our website.

The Office of Neighborhood Involvement Crime Prevention Program and our public safety partners are planning the following events for the month of October 2011: Continue reading October is National Crime Prevention Month!