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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 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 August 25, 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 the light rail crossing, traffic signals and the future light rail platform.
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.
  • New traffic signals have been turned on at SE 11th and 12th avenues, and Clinton and Gideon streets. Intermittent lane shifts will 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
  • Beginning August 27 and continuing through September, on eastbound SE Holgate Boulevard between 17th and 18th avenues, the right lane will be closed during work hours and the intersection of Holgate and 18th Avenue will be constrained. The sidewalk will also be closed in this area as crews work on roadway and sidewalk improvements.
  • On northbound SE 17th Avenue between Holgate Boulevard and Schiller Street, the lane is narrowed and the east sidewalk is closed through September.
  • On SE 17th Avenue at McLoughlin Boulevard, crews are installing traffic signal poles and wires. Intermittent lane and sidewalk restrictions may occur. Flaggers will direct traffic as needed.
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.
  • At the intersection of SE Johnson Creek Boulevard and 32nd Avenue, flaggers are controlling traffic while crews work on infrastructure for new traffic signals and curb ramps. Expect traffic delays.

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 August 25, 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)
  • On SE Washington Street at 21st Avenue, crews are installing landscaping and conducting sidewalk work. Periodic lane closures may take place and flaggers will direct traffic as needed.
  • On SE Adams at 21st Avenue, crews are installing traffic separators. Flaggers will direct traffic on 21st Avenue as needed.
  • The week of August 25, crews are striping roadways and installing signage throughout downtown Milwaukie, including some “No Parking” signs for safety near rail crossings and intersections. Flaggers and signage are directing traffic as needed. Expect delays.
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 the Saturdays of September 6 and 20, SE River Road will be closed 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.
  • On SE Park Avenue east of McLoughlin Boulevard, Park Avenue is 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 mid-September.
  • On SE Oatfield Road near Park Avenue and Evergreen Avenue, crews are working on private utility lines, sidewalks and retaining walls through early September.  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 onto Park Avenue 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