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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 2, 2015

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)

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
SE Water Avenue
  • Minor work continues 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 may occur  as crews work on sidewalks and the new light rail platform.
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 working in the auto lanes on SE Clinton Street, 11th & 12th avenues. Expect delays during working hours as crews work in the roadway.
  • 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
  • On the afternoon and night of Monday, March 2, crews will perform sewer work at manholes on northbound SE 17th Avenue between Holgate Boulevard and Schiller Street. Schiller Street will be closed east of the light rail tracks. To minimize impacts, most of this work is taking place at night.
SE McLoughlin Boulevard
  • Traffic on Bybee Boulevard between the bridge and SE 27th Avenue may be intermittently narrowed to accommodate ongoing construction. Flaggers will direct traffic as needed.
  • 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.
  • 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 March.

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 2, 2015

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 work on landscaping, roadway striping and traffic signals.
  • Crews are rebuilding SE Lake Road on the west side of 21st Avenue through March. This area is open for local access only.
  • SE 21st Avenue south of Adams Street and Lake Road east of 21st Avenue may be intermittently narrowed to one lane with flaggers directing traffic during work hours through March while crews work on sidewalks.
Kellogg Structure Construction
  • SE Lake Road is closed at the Kellogg railroad trestle bridge through April.
  • Crews are installing railings and building retaining walls.
  • SE McLoughlin Boulevard from the Kellogg railroad trestle bridge to south of Park Avenue may be intermittently narrowed as crews perform work on the Kellogg Bridge deck. The traffic restriction continues through spring.
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 spring. Trolley Trail detour map (5 MB PDF)
  • Crews are installing landscaping and finishes adjacent to the Trolley Trail.
Park Avenue
  • On SE Park Avenue west of McLoughlin Boulevard, pedestrians are detoured to the south sidewalk as crews continue curb and sidewalk work.
  • On SE Oatfield Road near Park and Evergreen avenues, intermittent lane shifts will occur and flaggers will direct traffic as crews continue work in the area.
  • Traffic lanes on SE McLoughlin Boulevard near Park Avenue may be closed intermittently, as crews work near the Park Avenue station area.

 

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People

Construction on the transit bridge over the Willamette River, named Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, continues through 2015, 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.