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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 August 4, 2014

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.

SW Lincoln Street

During the week of August 4, SW Lincoln Street between 4th and 5th avenues will be constrained while crews pull wires from vaults to feeder poles. For a few days, eastbound traffic in this block will be narrowed to one lane, with all turning movements maintained. On Friday, August 8, this block will be closed to motorists and cyclists in the westbound direction only.

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 September 15, 2014

Typical construction hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. During construction some on-street parking spaces may be unavailable. Local access to driveways will be maintained. In some instances as noted below, tree removal will be necessary. Tree Preservation and Replacement (637 KB PDF)

SE Water Avenue
  • Crews continue track construction on the east side of the newly aligned SE Water Avenue. Barricades are placed at SE 2nd Place (Old Water Avenue).
  • On SE Water Avenue near Caruthers Street, lane shifts and sidewalk closures continue as crews work on roadways and sidewalks.
SE Division Street and SE Division Place

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) have been installed along SE 8th Avenue and Clinton Street to Powell Boulevard. 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.

  • Crews continue to perform minor work in the area of SE 8th Avenue at the track crossing south of Division Street along with Division Place and 9th Avenue. Pedestrians at the track crossing are detoured to the east sidewalk. Periodic flagging may occur.
  • On SE Gideon Street between 11th Avenue and Brooklyn Street, intermittent lane shifts may occur as crews perform sidewalk and landscaping work in the area. Flaggers will direct traffic as needed. Westbound cyclists and pedestrians crossing the tracks at Clinton Street should follow signs to stay on sidewalks. Eastbound cyclists can use sidewalks or streets.
SE 17th Avenue

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) have been installed. 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.

  • 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
  • New traffic signals are now activated at SE Center, Boise and Rhine streets. Pedestrians should use the push buttons to active the walk signals.
  • On eastbound SE Holgate Boulevard between 17th and 18th avenues, the right lane is closed and there are no turns onto southbound 18th Avenue at Holgate during work hours. The south sidewalk is also closed in this area as crews work on roadway and sidewalk improvements. This work continues through September.
  • SE 18th Avenue at Holgate is restricted to northbound traffic, with right turns only onto Holgate during work hours. During paving, tentatively scheduled for Monday, September 22, SE 18th Avenue will be closed at Holgate Boulevard.
  • Beginning Thursday, September 18 at SE 17th Avenue between Holgate Boulevard and Schiller Street, work will shift to the west side. The lane remains narrowed. No left turns will be allowed from SE 17th Avenue onto Holgate Boulevard. Westbound traffic will be detoured at SE McLoughlin Boulevard. This traffic restriction remains in place through mid-October.
  • On SE 17th Avenue between McLoughlin Boulevard and Mitchell Street, intermittent sidewalk closures are taking place through September 19 while crews rebuild corner curb ramps.
Look Ahead

Beginning around 9 p.m. on Thursday, October 2, new traffic signals will be activated at SE 17th Avenue and McLoughlin Boulevard and old traffic signals will be removed. In order to minimize traffic impacts, this work is taking place at night. Flaggers will direct traffic and pedestrians during the signal turn-on; expect short delays. After the signals are activated, pedestrians should use the push buttons to active the walk signals. The new traffic signals at 17th Avenue and Schiller Street will be activated the following week.

SE McLoughlin Boulevard
  • The north sidewalk and westbound bike lane on the Bybee Bridge are closed. Pedestrians are detoured to the south side of the bridge for several months while crews build a new sidewalk and bus pullout on the north side.
  • The shoulder lane is closed on northbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard at Tacoma Street, where crews are working on the bridges that will carry light rail trains over the on/off ramp for northbound McLoughlin Boulevard at Tacoma Street and over Johnson Creek. Periodic flagging will take place on the Tacoma ramp while work occurs in this area.

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 September 15, 2014

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.

Milwaukie North Industrial Area (Springwater Corridor to Highway 224)

Crews are conducting track work near the Tillamook Bridge.

Downtown Milwaukie (Highway 224 to Lake Road)

Periodic flagging may occur on SE Harrison, Monroe and Washington streets and on 21st Avenue as crews perform minor work.

Kellogg Structure Construction
  • Crews are performing utility work related to Portland & Western Railroad in two locations: under the Kellogg Structure near 22nd Avenue, and north of Bluebird Street near the railroad tracks.
  • SE Lake Road is closed at the Kellogg railroad trestle bridge. SE Main Street has been made into a cul-de-sac north of the trestle bridge and the U.S. Post Office mail drop-off boxes are moved to the center of the street. This closure will remain in place through 2014.
  • Crews are installing railings and building retaining walls.
  • SE McLoughlin Boulevard between the Kellogg railroad trestle bridge and Bluebird Street may be intermittently narrowed as crews perform work on the Kellogg Bridge deck. The traffic restriction continues through 2014.
  • The bus stop on southbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard at River Road will be periodically moved one block to the north through 2014 as crews conduct work on the Kellogg Bridge.
  • On SE Wren Street, roadway work is taking place. Traffic and pedestrians will be directed around the work.
Look Ahead

On Saturday, September 27, SE River Road is scheduled to close at McLoughlin Boulevard. Access to and from McLoughlin Boulevard will remain open at 22nd Avenue and Bluebird Street. River Road traffic heading to northbound McLoughlin Boulevard will be detoured to Park Avenue.

Trolley Trail Detour
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists on the Trolley Trail are detoured between SE Park Avenue and River Road through 2014. The current detour remains in place until the Trolley Trail opens in later 2014. Trolley Trail detour map (8 MB PDF)
  • Crews are conducting utility work adjacent to the Trolley Trail.
Park Avenue
  • On SE Park Avenue west of McLoughlin Boulevard, traffic lanes shift between McLoughlin Boulevard and 26th Avenue as crews perform utility work. Flaggers are directing traffic. Pedestrians are detoured around the work area and the north sidewalk on Park Avenue remains open. Follow on work requires this traffic restriction remain in place through fall 2014.
  • From September 18 through 21, SE Park Avenue will be closed between McLoughlin Boulevard and 27th Avenue as crews reconstruct the intersection. Traffic and pedestrians will be detoured and local access on Park Avenue will be maintained. When the intersection work is complete, Park Avenue east of McLoughlin Boulevard, will remain narrowed to one lane with westbound travel only between McLoughlin Boulevard and 29th Avenue. Autos traveling eastbound from McLoughlin Boulevard will be detoured to Holly or Courtney avenues. This work continues through early October.
  • SE 29th Avenue is closed at Park Avenue. Access to 29th Avenue remains from Oatfield Road and Evergreen Avenue This work continues through early October.
  • On SE Oatfield Road near Park Avenue and Evergreen Avenue, crews are working on private utility lines, sidewalks and retaining walls through early October. Oatfield Road will be narrowed intermittently to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic.
  • Continuing through September, all traffic lanes on SE McLoughlin Boulevard near Park Avenue have shifted to the east side and the right lane may be closed intermittently, as crews rebuild the roadway and sidewalks. Left turns south of and including Park Avenue to Silver Springs Road remain prohibited and McLoughlin bike lanes remain closed. Trolley Trail Detour map (8 MB PDF) Sidewalks on the west side of McLoughlin Boulevard are closed between Park Avenue and the Smiths Mobile Estates driveway. The southbound bus stop on at McLoughlin Boulevard and Park Avenue is closed.

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People

Construction on the transit bridge over the Willamette River, named Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, continues through 2014, with training of transit operators on how to operate vehicles on the bridge and the entire project alignment in 2015..

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.