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West-side Update 

Parking lot and stairway closure

(Updated August, 2019) The parking lot and stairway at SW Naito Parkway between Harrison and Market Streets will now be closed to the public for the duration of the project. Use the ADA accessible ramp on the south end of the parking lot as a detour for the stairway.

Map showing location of detour route

East-side Update

(Updated June 28, 2019) Crews will begin conducting site exploration on the east side of the river in preparation for the Willamette River Crossing project. Crews will use large trucks to excavate in the street, sidewalk, and/or public right-of-way in order to find the exact location of underground utilities and assess conditions at the site. When the exploration is complete, holes will be restored with a similar material as needed. 


  • SE Stephens from 6th to 8th Ave
  • SE Harrison from SE 7th to 11th Ave
  • SE 7th Ave between Stephens and Harrison
  • SE 8th Ave between Stephens and Harrison
  • SE Water Ave near OMSI

What to Expect

  • Drilling equipment (a drill rig on a trailer and utility truck) will be staged at the exploration location.
  • Equipment noise will be at approximately 90 decibels. (A power lawn mower is approximately 100 decibels.)
  • Traffic controls may be in place depending on location. 
  • Driveways may be blocked for up to a half-hour while utilities are located.
  • Some parking spaces will be used during exploration, but the street will remain open with some minor delays.

Project Schedule

Work hours are expected to be between 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Work schedules subject to change to due contractor availability and weather.