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Lombard Paving

March 22, 2010 Leave a comment

Well, anyone who knows me, has probably heard me comment about the state of the roads in NoPo. I love my North Portland community, and want only the best for it, but sometimes it feels like we’re put on the back burner. Road repair has always felt that way for me.

So, after all of my complaining, I decided to actually do something about it and write to someone about it. First I thought that it was a city thing and twittered Sam Adams about it. He told me that Lombard was an ODOT road and that he suggested that I contact them.

I found this nifty little feedback form on the ODOT site where you can send in your thoughts to the state. Glad that they have this – it shows a real commitment to listening to citizen comments. So, I wrote a little letter to them outlining my feelings about the state of Lombard between St Johns and I5, and never really expected to hear much back. I expected it to go into a little box where they check-marked the number of citizen complaints.

Well, count me wrong. Today I received an email back from Bob Walker at ODOT:

Thank you for your comments concerning the pavement condition on N.E. Lombard between the St. Johns Bridge and I-5.

The pavement in several areas of Lombard certainly does need repair. What is needed is a full width grinding out of the existing asphalt and placing back a new layer.

To do this would require several million dollars and unfortunately there is no such large project slated for Lombard in the near future. The section of Lombard between the St. Johns Bridge and I-5 is classified as a Urban Minor Arterial and has a much lower level of daily trips compared to other parts of the roadway system. As such, it is a lower priority for funding.

Our regular maintenance funds don’t allow for large scale projects. Last year ODOT North Portland Maintenance paved four areas on Lombard that we felt were the worst.

These areas were N.E. Fortune to Montieth, Greenwich to Interstate Ave., Polk to Alma and Portsmouth to Olin at a cost of $108,000.

If ODOT North Portland’s Maintenance can stay on track with its 2010 operating budget, we hope to repave another two or three of the worst areas this summer.

I wish I had better news on the future of Lombard Ave. but the hard fact is maintenance sections just do not have the funding available to do all the work that is needed.

Again thank you for your interest in the State Transportation system.

Bob Walker, District 2B Manager (Interim)
Oregon Department of Transportation

I was happy to get the letter.

That being said, I also know that the state has a large pot of money that they distribute around the state. I remember hearing a while back that a big chunk of the recent economic stimulus money was going to go to widen a highway out by Sun River. My first thought was of course about why they were more deserving than my beloved NoPo community? Isn’t Sun River a resort community? You get my feelings of inequity.

Well, I can only hope that we get some more of the pot to take care of Lombard. Maybe if we’re the squeaky wheel we can get more attention. Please drop your comments to ODOT here. If you’re polite, I bet that at very least you’ll get a letter from Bob too.

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Categories: politics, Portland

Ignite Portland 4

November 14, 2008 Leave a comment

Went to Ignite Portland 4 last night. My company was good enough to give some sponsor money to the event. I really love that my company can give some money to support local events where possible. I’m pretty proud that we’ve sponsored all of the events since the first Ignite Portland at Weiden and Kennedy.

Typically each sponsor is given a chance to speak for a short time in front of the audience, but this time the organizers asked for a video. I had a great time pulling together our video for the event. We have a ton of great people Extensis who have a good sense of humor and were willing to hit themselves in the head with a product box for the cause. Here’s the result:

Overall the crowd was very respectful and had a great time with all of the presentations and sponsor videos. To those who cheered our video, and those of other sponsors, thanks! To those who ‘boo-ed’ the Microsoft short recognition, you are disrespectful twats and a pox on your house. They were kind enough to sponsor the event that was FREE to you, so suck it up and act at least a little dignified – no matter what you think of their products. Didn’t your mother tell you that if you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all?

Overheard on the Gresham bound MAX

April 9, 2008 Leave a comment

Female Wasteoid: Man, Gresham cops is mean. That’s where I was tasered the first time.

Male Wasteoid: Man, I wish that I could get tasered. You know, just to know how it feels.

Female Wasteoid:
Next thing I knows, they’re takin’ my DNA. Don’t know why they needed my DNA. I didn’t even do nothing!

Fuel efficiency and City of Portland trucks

March 12, 2008 Leave a comment

Let me start off by saying that I really appreciate what all of the folks over at the City of Portland do to keep our city streets in good repair, and our parks beautiful. They’ve been working hard to update the park by my house, and I just know that it’ll be gorgeous when it’s all done.

That being said, there are areas where the city could improve. Mostly it’s in the area of efficiency. With all of the talks about how the city and state are strapped when it comes to diesel fuel costs, you’d think that the city would take a proactive approach to utilize the assets that they do have as well as possible.

Today when out on a short walk to get some lunch I spotted three trucks parked on the side of the road with their engines running. There wasn’t a city employee in sight. No one in the trucks, and no one using the bucket on the crane. The flashing lights were going round and round, which seemed unnecessary since the workers had also put out orange cones to warn passing traffic. Why waste diesel fuel that now costs over $3.50 a gallon. And heck, couldn’t those lights run off of a battery? Sheesh.

Check these three trucks out:

And, a half an hour later two of the trucks were still there. No workers in sight. Still idling. Wasteful.