September 8, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland Bureau of Transportation
SW Broadway Drive will close for 3 months beginning Tuesday
(Portland, Ore.) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation is preparing for an unscheduled retaining wall project on SW Broadway Drive that will close the road for twelve weeks beginning Tuesday, September 13.
PBOT has monitored SW Broadway Drive since repairing a damaged water line earlier this year. City engineers noted significant earth movement this summer, which is endangering the roadway and major utilities. A design analysis concluded that replacing the retaining wall, soil and roadway at the site would prevent a future landslide and roadway failure.
Beginning September 13, city crews will relocate utilities out of the work zone, remove and replace the retaining wall and rebuild the adjacent roadway. The work will require excavating soil and fill to a depth 20 feet below the current roadway height.
SW Broadway Drive will be completely closed to through traffic at the work zone from September 13 through December 1. Electronic message signs and local access signage will be in place uphill and downhill from the closure and direct the public to use detour routes. Please see the attached map for recommended routes. Click here for an alternative bicycle and pedestrian route.
The traveling public is asked to follow signs, use caution in work zones and have patience while this necessary, unscheduled work is done.
Portland City Council extended the existing contract with Tri-State Construction on August 17 to conduct these emergency repairs. The project is estimated at $250,000 to $500,000.