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Portland, West Segment |  Portland, East Segment  |  Milwaukie and north Clackamas County

Portland, West Segment

The West Segment of the project lies between Portland State University and Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People.

Updated April 18, 2014

The west segment of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project is now substantially complete. If there are any further construction activities that impact pedestrians, cyclists, vehicles or transit, we will post those activities here.

Portland, East Segment

This portion of the project in Portland lies between Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, and the border between Multnomah and Clackamas counties.

Updated July 30, 2014

Typical construction hours are Monday through Saturday, 7 a.m.–6 p.m. During construction some on-street parking spaces may be unavailable. Local access to driveways will be maintained. In some instances as noted below, tree removal will be necessary. Tree Preservation and Replacement (637 KB PDF)

SE Water Avenue
  • Crews continue track construction on the east side of the newly aligned SE Water Avenue. Barricades are placed at SE 2nd Place (Old Water Avenue).
  • On SE Water Avenue near Caruthers Street, lane shifts and sidewalk closures continue as crews work on the light rail crossing, traffic signals and the future light rail platform.
SE Division Street and SE Division Place

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) have been installed along SE 8th Avenue and Clinton Street to Powell Boulevard. The wires should never be touched, and no one and no equipment should come within 10 feet of the wires. Any work planned within 10 feet of the overhead wires requires a permit through TriMet.

  • Crews continue to perform minor work in the area of SE 8th Avenue at the track crossing south of Division Street along with Division Place and 9th Avenue. Pedestrians at the track crossing are detoured to the east sidewalk. Periodic flagging may occur.
  • New traffic signals have been turned on at SE 11th and 12th avenues, and Clinton and Gideon streets. Intermittent lane shifts will occur as crews perform utility, sidewalk and landscaping work in the area. Flaggers will direct traffic as needed. Westbound cyclists and pedestrians crossing the tracks at Clinton Street should follow signs to stay on sidewalks. Eastbound cyclists can use sidewalks or streets.
SE 17th Avenue

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) have been installed. The wires should never be touched, and no one and no equipment should come within 10 feet of the wires. Any work planned within 10 feet of the overhead wires requires a permit through TriMet.

  • Beginning Tuesday, July 29, the Lafayette Street pedestrian bridge over Union Pacific railroad tracks is closed for demolition and reconstruction. The replacement bridge is scheduled to open in summer 2015. Pedestrians are detoured to sidewalks on SE Powell Boulevard. Lafayette pedestrian bridge detour map
  • On northbound SE 17th Avenue between Holgate Boulevard and Schiller Street, the lane is narrowed and the east sidewalk is closed through late August.
  • Northbound SE 17th Avenue will be closed between McLoughlin Boulevard and Schiller Street on Thursday, July 31, while crews work on traffic signal foundations. Buses and motorists will be detoured to McLoughlin Boulevard to Holgate Boulevard to 17th Avenue.
SE McLoughlin Boulevard
  • On northbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard between Harold Street and 17th Avenue, the right lane is closed through August for utility work and curb reconstruction.
  • The south sidewalk and bike lane on the Bybee Bridge are now open and the north sidewalk and westbound bike are closed. Pedestrians are detoured to the south side of the bridge for several months while crews build a new sidewalk and bus pullout on the north side. Also, mid-day on Thursday July 31, traffic on the bridge will be narrowed to one lane, controlled by flaggers, while crews install temporary lighting; expect delays.
  • The shoulder lane is closed on northbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard at Tacoma Street, where crews are working on the bridges that will carry light rail trains over the on/off ramp for northbound McLoughlin Boulevard at Tacoma Street and over Johnson Creek. Periodic flagging will take place on the Tacoma ramp while work occurs in this area.

Milwaukie and north Clackamas County

This portion of the project lies between the border separating Multnomah and Clackamas counties and the SE Park Ave Station, the project's south terminus.

Updated July 28, 2014

Normal construction work is allowed in the City of Milwaukie from Monday through Friday, 7 a.m.–7 p.m. and on Saturday through Sunday from 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

In Clackamas County, normal construction hours are Monday through Saturday 7 a.m.–6 p.m.

Milwaukie North Industrial Area (Springwater Corridor to Highway 224)

Crews are conducting track work near the Tillamook Bridge.

Downtown Milwaukie (Highway 224 to Lake Road)

Beginning the week of July 28 and continuing for several weeks, crews will install landscaping at SE 21st Avenue and Washington Street. Flaggers will direct traffic and pedestrians around the work as needed.

Look Ahead

The week of August 4, lane shifts will occur at the intersection of SE 21st and Lake Road as crews conduct utility work. Flaggers will direct traffic.

Kellogg Structure Construction
  • Crews are performing utility work related to Portland & Western Railroad in two locations: under the Kellogg Structure near 22nd Avenue, and north of Bluebird Street near the railroad tracks.
  • SE Lake Road is closed at the Kellogg railroad trestle bridge, but will reopen during July 18 and 19 to provide a two-day traffic detour. SE Main Street has been made into a cul-de-sac north of the trestle bridge and the U.S. Post Office mail drop-off boxes are moved to the center of the street. This closure will remain in place through 2014.
  • Crews are installing railings and building retaining walls.
  • Northbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard will be intermittently narrowed between the Kellogg railroad trestle bridge and SE Bluebird Road as crews work on the light rail bridge.
  • SE McLoughlin Boulevard between 22nd Avenue and River Road may be intermittently narrowed as crews perform work on the Kellogg Bridge deck. The traffic restriction continues through 2014.
  • The bus stop on southbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard at River Road will be periodically moved one block to the north through 2014 as crews conduct work on the Kellogg Bridge.
  • Crews are constructing light rail track between the Kellogg Bridge and the Park Avenue station. Southbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard will be intermittently narrowed through mid-September.
Trolley Trail Detour
  • Pedestrians and bicyclists on the Trolley Trail are detoured between SE Park Avenue and River Road through 2014. The current detour remains in place until the Trolley Trail opens in later 2014. Trolley Trail detour map (8 MB PDF)
  • SE 26th Avenue at McLoughlin Boulevard is permanently closed.
  • Crews are excavating the light rail guideway and conducting retaining wall and utility work adjacent to the Trolley Trail.
Park Avenue
  • On SE Park Avenue west of McLoughlin Boulevard, traffic lanes shift between McLoughlin Boulevard and 26th Avenue as crews perform utility work. Flaggers are directing traffic. Pedestrians are detoured around the work area and the north sidewalk on Park Avenue remains open. Follow on work requires this traffic restriction remain in place through fall 2014.
  • On SE Park Avenue east of McLoughlin Boulevard, Park Avenue is narrowed to one lane with westbound travel only between McLoughlin Boulevard and 29th Avenue. Autos traveling eastbound from McLoughlin Boulevard will be detoured to Holly or Courtney avenues. This work continues through the end of August.
  • Through early August, SE 29th Avenue is closed at Park Avenue. Access to 29th Avenue remains from Oatfield Road and Evergreen Avenue.
  • Private utility crews are working along SE Oatfield Road (in the area north of Park Avenue to Evergreen Avenue) and on Park Avenue east of McLoughlin Boulevard through late August.
  • All northbound traffic lanes on SE McLoughlin Boulevard at Park Avenue have shifted to the west side as crews rebuild the roadway to accommodate the light rail. No left turns are permitted onto Park Avenue from McLoughlin Boulevard in either the northbound and southbound directions, and the bike lane is closed between River Road and Park Avenue. Trolley Trail detour map (8 MB PDF) This traffic change will remain in place through mid-August.
  • On Tuesday, July 29, a large concrete pour on the Park Ave Park & Ride Garage will take place beyond normal construction hours. Crews will work from 4 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People

Construction on the transit bridge over the Willamette River, named Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, continues through 2014, with training of transit operators on how to operate vehicles on the bridge and the entire project alignment in 2015..

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline