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City of Portland Environmental Services—your sewer and stormwater utility—is beginning construction of a new bridge on SW Boones Ferry Road where it crosses Tryon Creek. The new bridge will improve water flows by replacing an existing small culvert. This culvert cannot handle large flows of water during storms, and it blocks fish and wildlife. The SW Boones Ferry Bridge & Restoration Project will create and restore important connections for fish, wildlife, and people. It will connect trails and pedestrian facilities in the area, help reduce flooding risk, and restore important habitat.
Above image is the schematic design of the new bridge and culvert.
Crews will begin pre-construction activities starting February 7. Major construction activities and the closure of SW Boones Ferry Road will begin on March 19, 2020. Work will be completed in late 2020 or early 2021. The schedule may change due to a variety of factors, including weather, conditions underground, availability of materials and labor, and other unforeseen events. In general, work hours will be from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as needed.
In order to build the new bridge, help ensure public safety, and accommodate large and heavy construction equipment, arborists will be clearing brush and removing trees from the project area between February and March 2020. Other pre-construction activities may include marking underground utilities, installing tree protection, installing erosion control measures, staging equipment and materials, and setting up traffic controls. Visit www.portlandoregon.gov/bes/preconstruction for more information about pre-construction activities.
Starting March 19, 2020 and lasting for up to seven months, SW Boones Ferry Road will be completely closed from SW Arnold to SW Comus Court. You can read more details about the road closure here.
In order to build the new bridge, crews will need to completely excavate a large section of Boones Ferry Road. SW Boones Ferry Road will be COMPLETELY closed to all traffic, including for people driving, walking, or biking. Electronic reader boards and signage will be placed ahead of time to warn travelers of the upcoming closure and to guide people to the recommended detour route. Flaggers will be located at the closure area to direct traffic. Please plan ahead to find alternate routes.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has approved a traffic control plan. In addition, PBOT and Environmental Services have installed traffic and pedestrian safety improvements along the detour route to make traveling safer and easier during this project.
The map on the right shows the recommended traffic detour route. We encourage people to plan ahead. You may want to find alternate routes or consider alternative work options such as teleconferencing or changing your schedule to avoid traffic, especially during rush hour.
If you use the recommended detour, please be aware of other travelers, especially people walking or biking. PBOT Traffic Control Engineers will be monitoring traffic in the area once the road closure begins and will make any necessary adjustments to the traffic control plan.
We appreciate your patience and understanding during construction as we work on this important project to restore connections for fish, wildlife, and people.
Because we have received a number of questions regarding the project, we have developed a FAQ page to address those questions. Please click here.
Click the "Sign up!" button at the top right of the page to receive email updates which include traffic restrictions and project activities. For questions or comments, contact Stefanus Gunawan at 503-823-5759 or email Stefanus at Stefanus.Gunawan@portlandoregon.gov
Watch this video to learn more about the SW Boones Ferry Bridge and Restoration Project.
Link to Boones Ferry Closure News Release
FAQ page to address community's questions and concerns
A Metro grant boosts the Boones Ferry project
View comittee representatives and design plans