Construction of new MAX line to impact traffic

Construction of new MAX line to impact traffic

PORTLAND, Ore. – Construction of Portland’s new light rail project will impact traffic this week on the South Waterfront, a TriMet spokeswoman said.

28 large girders will be placed along the new route. The girders weigh over 40 tons each.

TriMet says drivers should be prepared for the following traffic changes during the week of Oct. 8-12:

•    SW Harrison Street between SW Naito Parkway and Harbor Drive will be closed to auto traffic Monday, Oct. 8 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

•    Naito exit from I-5 North will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 12 between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Drivers should use Macadam exit.

•    SW Harbor Drive southbound will be reduced to one lane Oct. 9-12 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Temporary complete closures of Harbor Drive will occur while girders are suspended over Harbor Drive on Oct. 10 and 11.

•    No left turn onto SW River Parkway will be allowed Tuesday, Oct. 9. Enter area on Montgomery or Sheridan. No right turn from SW River Parkway onto Harbor Drive will be allowed on Oct. 10 and 11. SW River Parkway between Harbor Drive and SW River Drive will be closed on Friday, Oct. 12 from 7 a.m to 9 p.m.

•    The Portland Streetcar will not operate between PSU Urban Center and SW Lowell Street in South Waterfront on Monday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 12. Shuttle buses will provide alternative service for the entire service day, and riders should expect some delays through the construction zone.

•    The east sidewalk on Harrison Street is currently closed to pedestrians and cyclists and should reopen the week of Oct. 22. Both sidewalks on Harrison will be closed Friday, Oct. 12. There will be other periodic sidewalk, bike lane and turn lane restrictions in the areas throughout the week to ensure safety.

The new Portland-Milwaukie light rail transit project stretches 7.3 miles and is the area’s sixth MAX construction project. It will extend the Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University to the South Waterfront, Southeast Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County.

The new route will expand the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations.

It’s scheduled to open in September, 2015.