1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204
(Sept. 15, 2017) Southwest Main Street, a key entrance into downtown Portland for people biking, walking and driving, will get a much-needed face-lift, with construction starting Monday Sept. 18 for a complete rebuild of the pavement and realignment of the bike lane, thanks to the voter-approved Fixing Our Streets Program.
The street improvements will require nighttime road closures and daytime lane closures from Sept. 18 through Oct. 27 on SW Main St, between SW First Ave and SW Second Ave. Nighttime closures begin on Monday night, Sept. 18. Daytime lane closures begin Thursday, Sept. 21.
Two travel lanes will remain open during daytime hours from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays, but with intermittent closures that only allow one lane open from time to time. This section of SW Main Street normally has two travel lanes, a right-turn lane and a bike lane.
The project will greatly improve a section of failing roadway that serves as a main entrance to downtown Portland from the Hawthorne Bridge. The pavement is cracked, buckling and sagging. People riding bicycles westbound on the bridge, one of the busiest bike routes in North America, find it difficult to navigate the road surface. The road striping has bus and bicycle traffic weaving in the middle of the intersection.
The project will replace the base underneath the road surface and provide new asphalt that will extend the life of the pavement by 15 to 20 years. A concrete bus pad at the transit stop will further ensure the resiliency of the street improvements.
A new bikeway design will provide a bike box to increase visibility of people on bicycles at SW Main and First Ave. It will provide new green striping to highlight areas that are bike only, as well as areas where bike traffic and vehicle traffic intersect. Green boxes will also mark places at intersections where people riding bikes are recommended to change direction.
The Multnomah County Courthouse, Multnomah County Morrison Bridge Closure, and PBOT’s Fixing Our Streets Program have been coordinating through the Get Portland Moving effort to limit the effects of construction projects in the right-of-way on the general public. The pedestrian island at SW First Ave and SW Main St has to be reconstructed to repave SW Main St. A Morrison Bridge full bridge closure has been rescheduled until the Main Street project has completed the majority of its work in the right-of-way.
For questions about the striping plan, please contact Norberto Adre, Project Manager. Tel: 503-823-4818. email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change