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PBOT Traffic Advisory: Street improvements require overnight closure of SE Belmont, lane closures on SE Cesar Chavez Blvd Friday night

(May 16, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that installation of new traffic signals and repaving a busy intersection will require overnight closures of SE Belmont Street at SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd overnight Friday night. SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd will be open for travel at all times, but lanes will be reduced from four to two during the work hours.

The work is funded by the Major Maintenance and Asset Replacement Program, which reserves half of all one-time, surplus general fund dollars for improvements that maintain or replace critical infrastructure. The work is part of a $1 million Traffic Signal Rebuilds project. The new signal will replace a traffic signal that was built in 1950.

As part of the project, the contractor will repave the intersection. The paving work will take place overnight, from 10 p.m. on Friday, May 19, until the work is completed, potentially as early as 5 a.m. on Saturday, May 20. The work has been scheduled to minimize the impact on the traveling public.

Eastbound and westbound SE Belmont Street will have detours from 10 p.m. on Friday through 5 a.m. on Saturday. Travel on SE Cesar E Chavez Blvd will remain open, with one lane in each direction. The paving work during this time will occur in 2 phases, with different detours for each phase. The detours are as follows:

Phase 1 Detour
Eastbound traffic on SE Belmont St will be detoured south at SE 30th Ave to eastbound on SE Hawthorne Blvd and northbound on SE Cesar Chavez Blvd back to SE Belmont St. Westbound traffic will be detoured south at SE Cesar Chavez Blvd to westbound on SE Hawthorne Blvd and northbound on SE 30th Ave back to SE Belmont St.

Phase 2 Detour
Eastbound traffic on SE Belmont St will be detoured north at SE Cesar Chavez Blvd to eastbound on SE Stark St and southbound on SE 49th Ave back to SE Belmont St. Westbound traffic will be detoured north at SE 49th Ave to westbound on SE Stark St and southbound on SE Cesar Chavez Blvd back to SE Belmont St.

After 5 a.m. on Saturday until the work is completed, there are expected to be no detours. Flaggers will accommodate one lane of travel for east and westbound traffic on SE Belmont St.

The traveling public is advised to travel cautiously, observe the closure signage and directions by reader boards and detour signage.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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