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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

SW Lincoln, SW Naito Parkway, The Harbor Structure/South Waterfront

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.

Thursday, April 24: The traffic signal at SW 5th Avenue and Lincoln Street is scheduled to be activated on April 22. Westbound Lincoln Street between 4th and 5th Avenues will be opened with this traffic change.

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 April 21, 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)

Eastside Greenway Trail Detour

Through June 30, 2014, the Eastside Greenway trail is closed between SE Caruthers Street and OMSI while light rail crews reconstruct the trail and create the landside piers for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge. Pedestrians and cyclists are safely detoured to SE Water Avenue, which has sidewalks and bike lanes and connects directly to SE 4th Avenue and the Springwater trail. Pedestrians and cyclists can return to the Eastside Greenway trail at SE Clay Street. Please watch for signage. Eastside Greenway Trail detour map (416 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).
  • Periodic flagging and sidewalk closures will take place on SE Water Avenue near Caruthers Street as crews work on traffic signals  and the future light rail platform.
SE Division Street and SE Division Place
  • The week of April 21, crews will plant trees 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.
  • Crews continue traffic signal work and landscaping on SE 11th and 12th avenues at the track crossings. Intermittent lane closures are taking place. The new traffic signals for 11th and 12th avenues, and Clinton and Gideon Streets will be turned on at a later date. In the meantime, gates and bells remain at the track crossings, and there are stop signs for traffic on Clinton and Gideon streets. Westbound cyclists and pedestrians crossing the tracks at Clinton Street should follow signs to stay on sidewalks. Eastbound cyclists can use sidewalks or streets.
  • The week of April 21, crews will plant new trees on SE Milwaukie Avenue.
SE 17th Avenue and Powell Boulevard
  • Beginning April 21, the closure of southbound SE 17th Avenue will extend from Powell Boulevard to Rhone Street. Local access will be maintained for businesses. Northbound 17th Avenue and the sidewalks on the east side 17th Avenue in this area remain open, including connections to Powell Boulevard. To facilitate local traffic circulation, new traffic signals at 17th Avenue and Holgate Boulevard allow turns in all directions. Bus lines 17 and 70 heading south are detoured to Milwaukie Avenue and Center Street. This closure remains in place through the end of May. Southbound SE 17th Ave motor vehicle detour map (41 KB PDF) Pedestrian and Bike detour map (102 KB PDF)
  • The week of April 21, crews will plant new trees on SE Powell Boulevard and along 17th Avenue.
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.

  • Between SE Pershing Street and McLoughlin Boulevard, traffic on SE 17th Avenue may be reduced to one lane (two-way access provided by flagger), and some bus stops and sections of sidewalks may be closed. Access between 17th Avenue and some side streets may be closed during work hours. Motorists, cyclists and pedestrians should follow detour signage.
SE McLoughlin Boulevard
  • Pedestrians on the Bybee Bridge are detoured to the north sidewalk through May  while crews build a new sidewalk on the south side. The eastbound bike lane on the bridge is also closed.
  • 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 April 21, 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 continue to build retaining walls and pour platforms for the Tillamook Bridge.
  • Work on the light rail track is taking place between SE Mailwell Drive and Harrison Street.
Downtown Milwaukie (Highway 224 to Lake Road)
  • Crews are performing light rail track guideway work and landscaping activities between SE Harrison and Adams streets. Flaggers will direct traffic as needed.
  • The week of April 28 on the west side of SE 21st Avenue between Washington  and Main Streets, crews are preparing the intersection for new street lighting. Several parking spaces are closed.
  • The week of April 14 on SE 21st Avenue at Adams Street, crews are installing railing. Pedestrians are directed around the work as necessary.
Look Ahead

From May 12 through May 19, SE Washington Street from 21st Avenue to Main Street will be closed as crews conduct roadway work. Local access is maintained.

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 2014.
  • Crews continue to build retaining walls and the Kellogg Bridge.
  • On SE McLoughlin Boulevard between 22nd Avenue and River Road, one southbound lane is closed from 8:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m. as crews perform work on the Kellogg Bridge deck. The week of April 21, this closure continues through Saturday, April 26. The weekday traffic restriction continues through June.
  • The bus stop on southbound SE McLoughlin Boulevard at River Road will be periodically closed throughout April as crews conduct work on the Kellogg Bridge.
  • The week of April 14, SE 22nd Avenue will be closed between McLoughlin Boulevard and Bluebird Street for one day as crews pour a span for 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 later 2014. Trolley Trail detour (10 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.
Look Ahead

Beginning April 28, crews will begin drilling for sound walls along the Trolley Trail at SE Lark Street and 27th Avenue, and north of Park Avenue along 27th Avenue.

Park Avenue
  • On SE Park Avenue west of McLoughlin Boulevard, traffic lanes shift between McLoughlin Boulevard and 27th 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. Crews are building a retaining wall on the south side of Park Avenue. This work may continue through May.
  • Through mid-May, SE 29th Avenue is closed between Park and Evergreen avenues for utility and roadway construction. Access to businesses and residents is via Evergreen Avenue.  Intermittent closures will take place through summer 2014.
  • PGE crews will relocate utility poles along SE Oatfield Road (in the area north of Park Avenue to Evergreen Avenue) and on Park Avenue east of McLoughlin Boulevard through May.

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People

Construction on the transit bridge over the Willamette River, named Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, began July 1, 2011, with in-water work. The first phase of construction includes creation of temporary work bridges and the placement of cofferdams around the sites where the bridge tower foundations will be constructed.

Construction Timeline

Construction Timeline