Steel barriers used to block traffic for Troutdale events
During community events that close the road in downtown Troutdale, removable steel posts will be installed temporarily to block traffic.
Events such as the Troutdale SummerFest, Troutdale Cruise-In and Trauma Intervention Program's Muscle Hustle Fire Truck Pull all close a section of the Historic Columbia River Highway in downtown Troutdale, which is at the base of a hill.
"(Without a barrier) if somebody (driving) wasn't paying attention coming down the hill going into Troutdale during an event such as a parade they would fly right into the crowd," said Ray Young, Troutdale city manager.
The steel posts, called bollards, were purchased by the city of Troutdale as a part of a city safety plan created by the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office, said Sgt. Brandon White, MCSO public information officer.
"The sheriff's office develops safety plans for community events, and part of those plans require hard barriers at certain locations," White said. "Hard barriers are important in keeping roadways safe for motorists as well as any pedestrians in the area. In the past, the sheriff's office has used patrol vehicles for this purpose."
Community organizations hosting events in Troutdale requiring closure of the road will now pay a fee to recoup the city's cost of purchasing the hard barriers, which was $18,193, and pay for staff time used to organize these events, Young said.
The Troutdale City Council will determine that fee at a council meeting in either September or October. The city had not previously charged for events requiring road closure.
"However, after long discussion with our Citizens Advisory Committee and staff input, we are recommending to council to begin charging something," Young said. "It is a burden on staff, which means the city subsidizes events on closed streets, to review plans, close streets and monitor the traffic issues."