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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 November 13, 2014

The west segment of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit 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.

On Friday, November 14 and Saturday, November 15, light rail construction work will require a full closure of SW Moody to vehicle traffic from SW Sheridan Street to SW Whitaker Street, with local access only to buildings. Vehicles will be detoured around this construction, bikes and pedestrians will be allowed to continue along Moody. The road closure will begin after 11:30 pm and reopen by 6:00 am the following morning. SW Moody Ave detour map

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 November 17, 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)

Please Note: Wires for the overhead catenary system (OCS) have been installed along the light rail alignment from OMSI to the Tacoma Bridge, with the exception of areas near SE Bybee 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.

SE Water Avenue
  • Crews continue minor roadway and sidewalk work 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 roadways and sidewalks.
SE Division Street and SE Division Place
  • Crews continue to perform minor work in the area of 8th Avenue at the track crossing south of Division Street along with Division Place. Periodic flagging may occur.
  • At SE 13th Avenue and Gideon Street, the south sidewalk is closed as crews install new curbs. Periodic flagging may occur. The new multiuse path is now open to cyclists and pedestrians between 8th Avenue to Powell Boulevard.
SE 17th Avenue
  • The Lafayette Street pedestrian bridge over Union Pacific railroad tracks has been removed. The replacement bridge is scheduled to open in summer 2015. Pedestrians are detoured to sidewalks on SE Powell Boulevard. Lafayette pedestrian bridge detour map
SE McLoughlin Boulevard
  • On the nights of Thursday, November 20 and Friday, November 21, traffic on McLoughlin Boulevard will be narrowed to one lane while crews install sensors for the new traffic signals at 17th Avenue and at Harold Street. In order to minimize traffic impacts, this work will place at night. This work is weather-dependent, so check here for updates.
  • Traffic on Bybee Boulevard between the bridge and SE 27th Avenue may be intermittently narrowed to accommodate ongoing construction. Flaggers will direct traffic as needed.
  • The south sidewalk and bike lanes on the Bybee Bridge are closed through early December. Pedestrians are detoured to the north side of the bridge. As work continues through the fall months, sidewalk and bike lane closures will occur on one side of the bridge at a time.
  • On the night of Tuesday, November 18, crews are scheduled to pour specialized concrete for the Bybee Bridge’s south bus pullout. This work is taking place at night when traffic volumes are lighter in order to minimize vibration adjacent to the new concrete. This work is weather-dependent, so check here for updates.
  • 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.
  • At the intersection of SE Johnson Creek Boulevard and 32nd Avenue, flaggers are directing traffic during the hours of 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. while crews work on a retaining wall and roadway widening. This traffic control will be in place through mid-December.

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 November 17, 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)
  • Periodic flagging may occur on SE Harrison, Monroe and Washington streets and on 21st Avenue as crews perform minor work.
  • SE 21st Avenue south of Adams Street and Lake Road west of 21st Avenue are narrowed to one lane with flaggers directing traffic during work hours through early December while crews rebuild the 21st & Lake intersection.
Kellogg Structure Construction
  • Crews are performing track work on the Portland & Western Railroad between Bluebird and Bobwhite streets.
  • SE Lake Road is closed at the Kellogg railroad trestle bridge. 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.
  • SE McLoughlin Boulevard from the Kellogg railroad trestle bridge to south of Park Avenue 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.
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 early December. Trolley Trail detour map (8 MB PDF)
  • Crews are grading the Trolley Trail and conducting adjacent utility work.
Park Avenue
  • On SE Park Avenue west of McLoughlin Boulevard, traffic lanes are shifted north and pedestrians are detoured to the north sidewalk as crews perform utility work. Intermittent flagging will occur. This traffic restriction continues through January 2015.
  • SE Park Avenue east of McLoughlin Boulevard remains narrowed to one lane with construction activity on the north side of the road and traffic shifted to eastbound only. Autos traveling westbound to McLoughlin Boulevard are detoured to Courtney Avenue. This traffic restriction will continue through 2014.
  • On SE Oatfield Road near Park Avenue and Evergreen Avenue, crews are working on storm lines, sidewalks and retaining walls through February 2015. Oatfield Road will be narrowed intermittently to one lane, with flaggers directing traffic.
  • Continuing through mid-December, traffic lanes on SE McLoughlin Boulevard near Park Avenue may be closed intermittently, as crews work near the Park Avenue station area.

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


Quiet Zones

Quiet zones can be designated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) at rail crossings where safety improvements and coordinated signal systems have been implemented. In a quiet zone, freight and light rail operators are not required to blow their horns as they approach a crossing except in cases of emergency, such as trespassing on the tracks by a vehicle or a pedestrian.

The Portland-Milwaukie Light Transit Project has made safety improvements to crossings in SE Portland (at SE 8th, 11th and 12th avenues) and in downtown Milwaukie (at SE Harrison, Monroe and Washington streets, and 21st Avenue).

Work continues to install the coordinated signal system at these crossings. The FRA is expected to designate these crossings as quiet zones in spring 2015.