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Traffic Advisory: Night paving on W Burnside at 18th/19th scheduled for August 15-16 as construction nears completion

(August 13, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises travelers that as construction on West Burnside at 18th and 19th nears completion, night work is required to repave the street. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 and again on Friday, August 16, crews will grind and pave the outer lanes of West Burnside and all lanes of SW Alder Street in the project area. Work will be completed by 6 a.m. each morning.

w burnside construction photo august 2019

A new transit island, traffic signals and street lights on West Burnside at Alder and 19th, looking north. Photo by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Nearby residents can expect construction noise and people driving can expect significant delays on West Burnside between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the nights of August 15 and 16. One lane in each direction will remain open on W Burnside. Sidewalks will remain open for people walking. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video:

The night work is necessary to ensure crews can work in a safe and efficient manner without closing down this critical transportation corridor during the day. West Burnside is a difficult location for road work and PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses as we work to wrap up this construction project.

Following this night work, crews will test and active the new traffic signals and install remaining concrete islands during regular working hours. Once the fresh pavement has had 14 days to cure, crews will install the final striping including new marked crosswalks. Finally, they will remove the old signal equipment and poles. The project is expected to be substantially complete by the end of September.

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

These improvements are part of the West Burnside Multimodal Project, one of a series of safety improvements PBOT is making along the corridor. For more information or to sign up for e-updates, visit our project webpage

w burnside before and after rendering