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Get Portland Moving Projects in Portland's Central City:

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 trimet logo  Morrison-Yamhill MAX Improvements

Project Overview: In spring 2017, crews will replace four switches and make other track improvements in Downtown Portland on SW 11th Avenue and SW 1st Avenue at Morrison and Yamhill streets. The work will temporarily disrupt and alter MAX and Portland Streetcar service.

Construction Timeline: April 30 to May 20, 2017

 


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Pioneer Courthouse Square Restoration Project

Project Overview: With over ten million visitors annually, Pioneer Courthouse Square is one of the most visited public sites in Oregon.  After more than thirty years of community enjoyment, the Square is in need of significant repair and renovation to address the failing waterproof membrane, the deteriorating brick plaza, structural failures, and stoa column repairs, as well as restroom upgrades for safety and accessibility.  The existing membrane under the brick pavers was originally rated to last only twenty years.  It is now near a state of failure after thirty years, which has led to water intrusion and increasing leaks.

In 2014, the Portland community voted to support the Parks Replacement Bond, a measure to issue up to $68 million in general obligation bonds.  The money from the bonds will pay for the capital costs of repairs and improvements to existing park facilities. Bond outreach identified strong community support for prioritizing restoration of Pioneer Courthouse Square, the much loved City’s “living room”. Portland Parks & Recreation, working with its partner, Pioneer Courthouse Square, Inc., will ensure the project:

  • Maintains and enhances the existing character of the Square to continue to address the needs of Portland citizens and guests.
  • Provides needed repairs and renovations to the Square’s infrastructure and facilities.

The 2014 Parks Replacement Bond includes a not-to-exceed allocation of $10 million for all phases and costs associated with the renovation project

Construction Timeline: Late January, 2017 – July 2017 (substantial completion) / September 2017 (final completion) 

 


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Yamhill-Morrison Sewer Repair Project

Project Overview: Environmental Services is repairing public sewer pipes along the Yamhill/Morrison light rail corridor in downtown Portland that are 100 to 140 years old and in deteriorating condition. The sewer pipes are showing signs of cracks, breaks, holes, offset pipe connections, and root and grease obstructions, putting the pipes at risk of structural failure. The repairs will protect the public, adjacent businesses and our environment by reducing the possibility of sewage releases to buildings and streets. Repairs will be made to pipes in SW Yamhill and SW Morrison Streets between SW 1st and SW 13th Avenues, plus a small segment on SW Stark Street at SW 1st Avenue. Environmental Services is coordinating the timing of this work in part with TriMet’s light rail repairs in order to reduce the traffic impacts and other construction-related burdens on businesses, residents, and visitors.

Construction Timeline: March 15 to May 20

 


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I-5: Bridge Deck Rehabilitation Project

Project Overview: ODOT is beginning a project to repair and resurface two ramps at the Interstate 5 Morrison Interchange and on the I-5 bridge deck over the​ Moda Center Transit Center at North Multnomah Street. This project will also replace the I-5 median barrier from North Multnomah Street to Southeast Salmon Street. 

Construction Timeline: Spring/Summer 2017

 


pwb logo Southeast Lincoln and Grand, West of Southeast Sixth Avenue

Project Overview: This project will install approximately 410 feet of 8-inch main, install 1 fire hydrant, and renew 3 1-inch services.

Construction Timeline: March 31, 2017 to Sept. 28, 2017

 


pwb logo Clay Street Crossing Flow Meter

Project Overview: This project will install a new 36-inch electromagnetic flowmeter and Remote Terminal Unit (RTU) Cabinet.

Construction Timeline: April 1, 2017 to June 23, 2017

 


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Fixing Our Streets: SW Main Street (1st to 3rd Ave)

Project Overview: Paving and restriping on SW Main Street from 1st to 3rd Avenue. Several measures will also be taken to increase safety for bikes and pedestrians. These improvements include addressing bicycle safety for bikes coming off the Hawthorne Bridge and merging with buses stopping between 1st and 2nd Avenue. All of these improvements will increase safety and efficiency while decreasing conflicts between drivers, buses, and people on bikes and on foot. The project is expected to be finished in 2017.

Construction Timeline: July - August 2017

 


PBOT logoSW Bond Avenue Extension

Project Overview: South Waterfront is growing. As part of the continued build-out of this burgeoning Central City neighborhood, PBOT is partnering with the Portland Development Commission (PDC)Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and the Zidell companies to extend SW Bond Avenue between RiverPlace and the Portland Aerial Tram.

In summer 2016 work began on Phase 1 of the SW Bond Avenue Extension, from SW River Parkway (under the Marquam Bridge) to SW Porter Street (Tilikum Crossing). This new road will serve the growing OHSU Schnitzer Campus, including the Knight Cancer Research Building. Together with future phases of SW Bond Avenue, this road ultimately will become a critical north-south transportation artery through all of South Waterfront.

Construction Timeline: February 2017 - November 2018

 


PBOT logoPaving: SW Jefferson from SW 20th to Park Avenue 

Project Overview: This project is part of PBOT's regular pavement maintenance. The grind and pave treatment is used for high-traffic streets which are typically in fair condition with little or no evidence of failure in the road base. The top two inches are asphalt are ground down, recycled and the road is repaved. Street maintenance is heavily weather dependent and paving dates are subject to change.

Construction Timeline: Weather dependent.

 


PBOT logoPaving: SW Morrison from SW 18th to SW 11th

Project Overview: This project is part of PBOT's regular pavement maintenance. The grind and pave treatment is used for high-traffic streets which are typically in fair condition with little or no evidence of failure in the road base. The top two inches are asphalt are ground down, recycled and the road is repaved. Street maintenance is heavily weather dependent and paving dates are subject to change.

Construction Timeline: Weather dependent.

 


PBOT logoPaving: SW Caruthers from SW 6th to SW 3rd 

Project Overview: This project is part of PBOT's regular pavement maintenance. The grind and pave treatment is used for high-traffic streets which are typically in fair condition with little or no evidence of failure in the road base. The top two inches are asphalt are ground down, recycled and the road is repaved. Street maintenance is heavily weather dependent and paving dates are subject to change.

Construction Timeline: Weather dependent.

 


PBOT logoPaving: SW Arthur from SW 3rd to SW 1st

Project Overview: This project is part of PBOT's regular pavement maintenance. The grind and pave treatment is used for high-traffic streets which are typically in fair condition with little or no evidence of failure in the road base. The top two inches are asphalt are ground down, recycled and the road is repaved. Street maintenance is heavily weather dependent and paving dates are subject to change.

Construction Timeline: Weather dependent.

 


PBOT logoPaving: SE Sandy from SE Stark to E Burnside

Project Overview: This project is part of PBOT's regular pavement maintenance. The grind and pave treatment is used for high-traffic streets which are typically in fair condition with little or no evidence of failure in the road base. The top two inches are asphalt are ground down, recycled and the road is repaved. Street maintenance is heavily weather dependent and paving dates are subject to change.

Construction Timeline: Weather dependent.

 


PBOT logoPaving: SE Clay from Union Pacific Rail Tracks to SE 4th Ave

Project Overview: This project is part of PBOT's regular pavement maintenance. The grind and pave treatment is used for high-traffic streets which are typically in fair condition with little or no evidence of failure in the road base. The top two inches are asphalt are ground down, recycled and the road is repaved. Street maintenance is heavily weather dependent and paving dates are subject to change.

Construction Timeline: Weather dependent.

 


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Burnside Bridge Maintenance Project

Project Overview: The purpose of the Burnside Bridge maintenance project is to make a number of repairs that will keep the bridge in service another 15 - 20 years. These include structural, mechanical, electrical and surface repairs.  

Traffic Impacts: Until fall 2017, the Burnside maintenance project will focus on repairs below the bridge deck. Those repairs include repairing crumbling concrete on parts of the bridge that span I-5 and I-84. To complete those repairs, ODOT will need to close parts of the freeways on four weekends in April and May.  

  • The first two weekends (April 14 -16 and April 21-23) will close the southbound freeway lanes.  

  • The last two weekends (May 5-7 and May 12-14) will close the northbound lanes.

At the west end, repairs will be made to parts of the bridge near the First Avenue MAX station. This work will be coordinated with TriMet repairs to the light rail tracks. This work will close the MAX stop. Bridge repairs are scheduled the first three weeks in May.

In fall 2017 there will be lane closures on SW Naito Parkway under the west end of the bridge.  

Traffic lanes on the bridge will not close until mid-fall 2017, after completion of projects that close lanes on the Broadway and Morrison bridges.

Construction Timeline: April 2017 to November 2019

 


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Morrison Bridge Lift Span Deck

Project Overview: The project will replace the deck on the lift span of the Morrison Bridge. The deck installed in 2012 will be replaced with a deck made of an open steel grating with a top layer of concrete to provide a solid driving surface with good traction.

Traffic Impacts: Work on the deck will impact traffic from April through October. Four of the six traffic lanes will be closed as the contractor removes the old deck and installs the new one. Many drivers will likely use the Hawthorne and Burnside bridges during the work.

There will be weekend bridge closures to set up, move and remove traffic control.  

Bridge closures will also be needed in June and September when the concrete is poured, so that vibrations from traffic don’t damage the concrete while it cures. These two closures may be as long as 7 to 10 days. Multnomah County and its contractor are looking at options to reduce the length of these closures. Dates will be announced a few months before the closures.

After the new deck is installed in fall 2017, the bridge will reopen to buses and large trucks and the speed limit will be restored to 35 miles per hour.

Construction Timeline: March 2017 to October 2017

 


multco logo Broadway Bridge Rall Wheel Replacement

Project Overview: The contractor will replace four large steel wheels that roll on tracks to open the bridge for ships to pass. The wheels and tracks are worn and cracked after a century of use. Each wheel is 8-feet tall and weighs 88,000 pounds.

Traffic Impacts: In order to replace the bridge parts, which are above the traffic lanes, the contractor will close the two outside traffic lanes from early May until this fall. The two inside traffic lanes will remain open for traffic, including the Portland Streetcar and TriMet’s Route 17 bus line. The sidewalks will also remain open at most times.

There will be several nights and weekends at the start and end of the project when the bridge will be closed so that traffic control can be set up and removed. Short closures will also be needed at off-peak times when heavy equipment and parts are moved on the bridge.

Construction Timeline: May 2017 to October 2017

 

Get Portland Moving - Partner Agencies

Portland Bureau of Transportation   |    Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

Portland Parks and Recreation   |   Oregon Department of Transportation

Portland Streetcar   |   TriMet   |   Portland Water Bureau   |   Multnomah County