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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 January 20, 2015

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.

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 January 26, 2015

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 17th Avenue and Powell Boulevard

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

Look Ahead

During the week of February 2, SE Powell Boulevard near 13th Avenue will be narrowed intermittently as crews work on the traffic separator.

SE McLoughlin Boulevard
  • 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 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.
  • Beginning Wednesday, January 28 and continuing for several days, traffic on the Tacoma Overpass will be constrained while crews rebuild the sidewalk corners at the entrance the light rail station site. Traffic will be narrowed to one lane in each direction at the signalized intersection. During some of this activity, the traffic signals will be turned off and flaggers will direct traffic. Bikes will share the lane with motorists, and pedestrian access will be maintained in a temporary pathway. Expect delays.

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 January 26, 2015

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 plant street trees, install signage and install sensor loops for traffic signals.
  • Crews are rebuilding SE Lake Road on the west side of 21st Avenue through February. This area is open for local access only.
  • SE 21st Avenue south of Adams Street and Lake Road east of 21st Avenue may be intermittently narrowed to one lane with flaggers directing traffic during work hours through February while crews rebuild the 21st & Lake intersection and roadway under the trestle bridge.
Kellogg Structure Construction
  • 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 February.
  • 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 February.
Trolley Trail Detour
  • The new section of Trolley Trail is now open between Park Avenue (at 27th Avenue) and River Road (at Bluebird Street).North of River Road (and Bluebird Street), cyclists and pedestrians will continue on the existing detour route through February. Trolley Trail detour map (5 MB PDF)
  • Crews are installing landscaping and finishes adjacent to the Trolley Trail.
Park Avenue
  • On SE Park Avenue west of McLoughlin Boulevard, traffic lanes are shifted south and pedestrians are detoured to the south sidewalk as crews perform utility work. Lanes will be narrowed and intermittent flagging will occur.
  • On SE Oatfield Road near Park and Evergreen avenues, lane shifts will occur and flaggers will direct traffic as crews continue work on sidewalks and retaining walls through February 2015.
  • Continuing through February, 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 2015, 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.