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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 May21, 2015

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) are electrified. 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

Light rail trains are also running intermittently, in preparation for the start of MAX Orange Line service September 12. Be safe: always expect a train—trains may be running on any track, at any time, in both directions.

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) are electrified. 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

Light rail trains are also running intermittently, in preparation for the start of MAX Orange Line service September 12. Be safe: always expect a train—trains may be running on any track, at any time, in both directions.

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 17th Avenue and Powell Boulevard
  • In late May and early June, the sidewalk on Powell Boulevard will be closed under the 17th Ave roadway and light rail bridges, one side at a time, while crews adjust fencing.
  • 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.
  • On the Tacoma Overpass, lanes may be narrowed and flaggers may be intermittently directing traffic during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while crews work on lane striping and pavement sensors for the traffic signals.
  • At the intersection of SE Johnson Creek Boulevard and 32nd Avenue, flaggers may be intermittently directing traffic during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while crews work on lane striping and pavement sensors for the new traffic signals.

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.

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) are electrified. 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.

Light rail trains are also running intermittently, in preparation for the start of MAX Orange Line service September 12. Be safe: always expect a train—trains may be running on any track, at any time, in both directions.

Downtown Milwaukie (Highway 224 to Lake Road)
  • The new quiet zone is now in effect at the rail crossings at SE Mailwell Drive, SE Harrison, Monroe, Washington streets and SE 21st Avenue at Adams Street. 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 Lake Road/Main Street is closed under the railroad trestle and Kellogg light rail bridge, but will be open to accommodate detour traffic during the weekend of June 12.
McLoughlin Boulevard
  • SE 22nd Avenue will be closed at McLoughlin Boulevard beginning Monday, June 8 and continuing through Sunday, June 14, while crews re-align the intersection. Construction around the intersection will continue for a few more weeks in order to open the segment of Trolley Trail between SE River Road/Bluebird Street 22nd Avenue.
  • McLoughlin Boulevard/Hwy 99 E will be closed south of SE Washington Street and north of SE River Road/Bluebird Street from 10 p.m. Friday, June 12 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 15, while crews complete adjustments to the Kellogg light rail bridge. Detour map (890 KB PDF)
    • Local access to businesses will be maintained.
    • Motorists should follow detour signs to minimize delay. Some turning movements will be restricted in order to keep traffic flowing more efficiently.
    • The Trolley Trail’s current route will not be affected.
    • Bus Line 33 will be detoured to Oatfield Road via Park Avenue.
    • Crews will work 24 hours a day to complete the work in the shortest time possible.
    Trolley Trail Detour
  • The new section of Trolley Trail is now open between Park Avenue (at 27th Avenue) and River Road/Bluebird Street. North of River Road/Bluebird Street, cyclists and pedestrians will continue on the existing detour route through June, when construction is complete at the intersection of the trail, SE 22nd Avenue/McLoughlin Boulevard. 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 , along with training of transit operators on how to operate vehicles on and near the bridge. Buses and light rail trains are running intermittently, in preparation for the opening of Tilikum Crossing and the start of MAX Orange Line service September 12. A one-day preview of the bridge is scheduled for Sunday, August 9

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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.