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Portland, West Segment |  Portland, East Segment  |  Milwaukie and north Clackamas County

Portland, West Segment

The West Segment of the project lies between Portland State University and Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People.

Updated March 2, 2015

The west segment of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project is now substantially complete. If there are any further construction activities that impact pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles or transit, we will post those activities here.

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) have been installed along the light rail alignment. The wires should never be touched, and no one and no equipment should come within 10 feet of the wires. Any work planned within 10 feet of the overhead wires requires a permit through TriMet.

TriMet bus operator training is underway along the shared transitways and approaches to Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People.

Segments of the MAX Orange Line were designed with a shared transitway, where buses share the right-of-way with trains.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians need to obey all signs and signals and be alert of buses traveling in the following areas:

  • SW Lincoln Street between 5th Avenue and Naito Parkway
  • Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People
  • Harbor Viaduct in South Waterfront
  • Crossing SW Moody Avenue

Portland, East Segment

This portion of the project in Portland lies between Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, and the border between Multnomah and Clackamas counties.

Updated March 17, 2015

This segment is substantially complete, with only intermittent, short-term construction activities continuing through the summer. During construction some on-street parking spaces may be unavailable and intermittent, short-term lane and sidewalk closures may take place. Local access to driveways will be maintained.

Typical construction hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) have been installed along the light rail alignment. The wires should never be touched, and no one and no equipment should come within 10 feet of the wires. Any work planned within 10 feet of the overhead wires requires a permit through TriMet.

TriMet bus operator training is underway along the shared transitways and approaches to Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People.

Segments of the MAX Orange Line were designed with a shared transitway, where buses share the right-of-way with trains.

Motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians need to obey all signs and signals and be alert of buses traveling in the following areas:

  • Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People
  • SE 2nd Place and SE Water, 7th, 8th, 9th and 11th avenues
Track crossings at SE 8th, 11th and 12th avenues

The new quiet zoneis now in effect at the rail crossings at SE 8th, 11th and 12th avenues. In the quiet zone, trains are no longer required to sound their horns when approaching the crossings. All motorists, cyclists and pedestrians are advised to obey the signals. Always expect a train, even if you do not hear a horn, and do not attempt to cross when the bells and flashing lights are on.

SE Clinton Street
  • Crews are installing sidewalk on 12th Avenue between SE Gideon and Clinton streets. Lanes are narrowed and flaggers are directing traffic.
SE 17th Avenue and Powell Boulevard
  • The Lafayette Street pedestrian bridge over Union Pacific railroad tracks has been removed. The replacement bridge is scheduled to open in summer 2015. Pedestrians are detoured to sidewalks on SE Powell Boulevard. Lafayette pedestrian bridge detour map
SE McLoughlin Boulevard
  • The shoulder lane is closed on northbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard at Tacoma Street, where crews are working on the Park & Ride lot.
  • At the intersection of SE Johnson Creek Boulevard and 32nd Avenue, flaggers are intermittently directing traffic during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while crews work on sidewalk corners, traffic signals and striping. This traffic control will be in place through April.

Milwaukie and north Clackamas County

This portion of the project lies between the border separating Multnomah and Clackamas counties and the SE Park Ave Station, the project's south terminus.

Updated March 17, 2015

This segment is substantially complete, with only intermittent, short-term construction activities continuing through the summer. During construction some on-street parking spaces may be unavailable and intermittent, short-term lane and sidewalk closures may take place. Local access to driveways will be maintained, and flaggers will direct traffic as needed.

Normal construction work is allowed in the City of Milwaukie from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. and on Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

In Clackamas County, normal construction hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) are being installed along the light rail alignment. The wires should never be touched, and no one and no equipment should come within 10 feet of the wires. Any work planned within 10 feet of the overhead wires requires a permit through TriMet.

Downtown Milwaukie (Highway 224 to Lake Road)
  • Periodic flagging may occur on SE Harrison, Monroe and Washington streets and on 21st Avenue as crews work on pedestrian crossing improvements, landscaping, roadway striping and traffic signals.
  • Crews are working on the station area on SE Lake Road adjacent to the Kellogg Structure . This area is open for local access only through summer.
Trolley Trail Detour
  • The new section of Trolley Trail is now open between Park Avenue (at 27th Avenue) and River Road (at Bluebird Street). North of River Road (and Bluebird Street), cyclists and pedestrians will continue on the existing detour route through summer. Trolley Trail detour map (5 MB PDF)

 

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People

Construction on the transit bridge over the Willamette River, named Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, continues through August, along with training of transit operators on how to operate vehicles on and near the bridge.

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline

 

Quiet Zones

Quiet zones can be designated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) at rail crossings where safety improvements and coordinated signal systems have been implemented. In a quiet zone, freight and light rail operators are not required to blow their horns as they approach a crossing except in cases of emergency, such as trespassing on the tracks by a vehicle or a pedestrian.

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Transit Project has made safety improvements to crossings in SE Portland (at SE 8th, 11th and 12th avenues) and in downtown Milwaukie (at SE Harrison, Monroe and Washington streets, and 21st Avenue).

Work continues to install the coordinated signal system at these crossings. The FRA is expected to designate these crossings as quiet zones in spring 2015.