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Traffic Advisory: Washington Park, SW Sacajawea

SW Sacajawea Boulevard between SW Park Place and SW Sherwood Boulevard will be closed to all traffic shortly after noon on Sunday, Aug. 30 to the morning of Friday, Sept. 4 to remove one a tower crane from the Washington Park Reservoir worksite. This closure applies to vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians.

Local residents and visitors to the park should expect delays, watch for signs, plan extra time for trips, and consider alternate routes and modes of transportation to get to destinations.

Time frame and truck route

The tower crane will be dismantled into smaller parts by two smaller mobile cranes. Removal of the different crane parts via tractor trailer will require several trips.

  • SW Sacajawea Boulevard will be closed shortly after noon on Sunday, Aug. 30 and is expected to open no later than 7 a.m. Friday, Sept. 4.
  • Tractor trailers will begin arriving at approximately 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 31. The mobile cranes that are used to dismantle the tower crane will arrive early to allow for orientation and for the operators to set up.
  • Trucks will arrive at the site via SW Park Place to SW Lewis and Clark Way and back into place on SW Sacajawea Boulevard. (See map.)
  • Trucks will exit the park via SW Sacajawea Boulevard or SW Lewis and Clark Way with flagger assistance.
  • Vehicles will able to enter the park as usual from SW Park Place. The exit will be detoured to W Burnside Street via Southwest Tichner Drive.
  • Vehicles greater than thirty feet in length will not be allowed down SW Sherwood Boulevard due to their inability to make a sharp left turn for the detour. Signs will be placed at the top of SW Sherwood Boulevard notifying traffic.
  • Expect traffic delays on Southwest Lewis and Clark Way and Southwest Sherwood Boulevard as trucks maneuver into position.
  • The designated path separating pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles on SW Lewis and Clark Way will remain open in both directions for travel into and out of the park.
  • Cyclists will be required to walk bicycles on the path.
  • Madison Trail will remain closed.

What to expect

Vehicular traffic

  • Vehicles will able to enter the park as usual from SW Park Place. The exit will be detoured to W Burnside Street via Southwest Tichner Drive.
  • Vehicles greater than thirty feet in length will not be allowed down SW Sherwood Boulevard due to their inability to make a sharp left turn for the detour. Signs will be placed at the top of SW Sherwood Boulevard notifying traffic.

Intermittent delays

  • Expect traffic delays on Southwest Lewis and Clark Way and Southwest Sherwood Boulevard as trucks maneuver into position.

Multi-use shared path and Madison Trail

 

  • The designated path separating pedestrians and cyclists from vehicles on SW Lewis and Clark Way will remain open in both directions for travel into and out of the park.
  • Cyclists will be required to walk bicycles on the path.

Madison Trail will remain closed. 

About the Washington Park Reservoir Improvement Project

The Portland Water Bureau is replacing reservoirs that have served the city since 1894 with a new 12.4-million gallon, seismically reinforced underground reservoir. When completed, this project will supply water to Portland’s west side and serve more than 360,000 people, including all downtown businesses and residents, twenty schools, five hospital complexes, and more than sixty parks. Find more information at portlandoregon.gov/water/wpreservoirs.