(June 11, 2019) – Street improvements begin today on N Albina Street from N Rosa Parks Way to N Skidmore Street. Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) crews will work on the street starting today through July 12 on weekdays, and occasional weekends, from 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. with periodic lane closures during that time.
The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 2.44 lane miles of pavement.
Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.
The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.
Following the repaving of N Albina Street, the road will be restriped with an improved street configuration to benefit bus and automobile traffic. During repaving projects, PBOT seeks to improve traffic operations and safety for all road users. By combining maintenance projects with operational improvements, such as new striping configurations, PBOT maintains the transportation system and improves travel conditions more efficiently.
Currently, vehicles trying to turn left from N Albina onto N Alberta Street and N Rosa Parks Way must use a single through travel lane. During the most congested times of the day, those left turning vehicles can block automobile traffic and TriMet's Line 4 buses. To improve automobile operations and keep buses moving, PBOT plans to add left turn lanes on N Albina Street approaching the intersections with N Alberta Street and N Rosa Parks Way. Line 4 buses travel through these intersections over 150 times on weekdays, with buses arriving every 15 minutes or better much of the day every day, providing access to St Johns, PCC Cascade, Emanuel Hospital, and Downtown Portland.
This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.