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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Construction Timeline

UPDATE:  March 1, 2015

Construction of the project is currently substantially complete.  There are several modifications that will be installed within the next two weeks, weather permitting: 

  • NE Stanton St intersection:  a new traffic island will be installed at this location to help prevent traffic from encroaching into the bicycle lane.
  • NE Cook St intersection:  Adjust travel lane striping
  • Bike lane pavement markings:  guidance to pass on the left and to yield to pedestrians at intersections at various locations.

Construction began the week of September 15, 2014 and is scheduled to continue for approximately three months.  This work is weather dependent and the schedule for each task may change.  This page will be updated as construction progresses.

N Williams is an active construction site - please exercise caution and extra care as you travel by foot, bike and vehicle. 

Alternate routes:

Alternate routes are available during construction:

* For bicycle travelers:  NE Rodney Street is an alternate route. Newly installed speed bumps are intended to calm traffic and encourage slower speeds while also discouraging cut through traffic.

* For drivers:  MLK Boulevard and N Insterstate are alternate routes that run parallel to North Williams Avenue. 

Construction phases:

The project will be developed in three general phases:

Phase 1:

  • Close left side travel lane in stages (DONE)
  • Install left side bike lane striping.  (DONE- mid-Oct)
  • Install pavement markings in the shared use section.  (DONE) 
  • Construct traffic signal on NE Cook Street (UPDATE: temporary signal installed; permanent signal anticipated completion date delayed to January due equipment supply delays)
  • Speed bumps to be installed on NE Rodney, an alternate route to N Williams (DONE)  and a test diverters installed at NE Rodney and Ivy (DONE)

Phase 2:

  • Install right to left transition striping at Broadway (DONE)
  • Open left side bike lane (DONE)
  • Install islands in shared use section (DONE)

 Phase 3 (This work may happen at any time):

  • Curb extensions to be installed - The civil work related to the curb extensions has begun, and will continue throughout  the 3 month construction period.  The contractor will notify PBOT in advance of construction what the overall schedule for those improvements are, as well as give us an updated outlook for the next 2 weeks, every two weeks.
  • Bike lane "Pass on the Right" pavement stencils - Unlike other bike lanes where safety and etiquette call for passing on the left,  on the Williams left-hand bike lane, the protocol will be for faster riders to pass on the right.  Pavement stencils will be installed to inform riders.

Contact Rich Newlands, 503-823-7780 or with questions.