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SE Lincoln Drive in Mt. Tabor Park closed to through traffic until April - 02/08/16
Portland, OR -- A section of SE Lincoln Drive in Mt. Tabor Park will be closed to all foot, bike and motor vehicle traffic during the hours of 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday beginning Tuesday February 9 to the first week of April. Pedestrians and bikes can still access trails above the closure area.

The Portland Water Bureau's contractor, JW Fowler, will be installing a 48-inch pipe from the intersection of SE Lincoln Drive, SE Tabor Drive and SE Harrison Street down to the SE Lincoln Street entrance to the park.

Parking will be available on SE Lincoln Drive up to the southwest entrance to the Off-Leash Dog Park. Park users will still be able to access the park using SE Harrison Street to SE Tabor Drive. The Off-Leash Dog Park will remain open.
Remember to drive slowly, exercise caution when traveling in the construction zone, and obey traffic controllers.
Attached Media Files: Map of closure area
TRAFFIC ADVISORY 01/26/16: Sewer Main Repair Closes Lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard from SE 24th to SE 23rd Avenues - 01/26/16
The northern westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard from SE 24th to SE 23rd Avenues is currently closed to traffic as crews work to address a broken sewer main.

The broken sewer main was discovered after Portland Water Bureau Maintenance & Construction crews addressed a main break just after 3 p.m. today, Jan. 26, 2016.

Water service to customers has not been impacted.

Traffic is being diverted into the inside westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard. Both eastbound lanes on SE Hawthorne Boulevard are open between SE 24th and SE 23 Avenues.

At this time, it has not been determined when the northbound westbound lane of SE Hawthorne Boulevard will reopen.

Motorist are reminded to stay alert and use caution as traffic may suddenly slow or stop. To avoid traffic delays, motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes around the work site.
Kids Experience Bull Run - Student Art Exhibit at City Hall - 01/25/16
Fourth-graders from Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School and their art teacher will address Portland City Council at 9:45 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3, in City Hall Council Chambers, followed by a reception. These young artists will bring to Council their personal impressions from inside the protected Bull Run Watershed.

This fall, these students had a unique field trip to the watershed that focused on water and art. The Portland Water Bureau guides hundreds of students through the Bull Run each year to study water science and engineering. The Boise-Eliot/Humboldt field trips added a special mission: visit Bull Run and bring the experience back to Portland through art.

The special tour was designed for these students to experience the watershed through their five senses -- even taste. Students took a silent walk through the forest; recorded sound from inside a dam; practiced photo yoga; and tasted an oxalis plant. Upon returning to school, they created the artwork on display in the City Hall atrium.

"The grass is green. The river looks beautiful with the trees. It's very amazing because I don't usually get to be in places like this," said Mahogany, a Boise-Eliot/Humboldt fourth-grader. "I can't wait to go home and tell my mom about what I saw."

You can experience Bull Run by visiting the student art exhibit in the City Hall atrium in February or by signing up for a guided Bull Run tour (on a limited basis July-September, www.portlandoregon.gov/water/tours). Still photos, audio and video files are available.

Bull Run Art Exhibit * Feb. 3 -- 25 Portland City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave., Portland Atrium art exhibit open Monday-Friday, 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. To learn more about the Bull Run Art Exhibit, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/KidsExperienceBullRun.