SE Powell Boulevard between 13th and 21st avenues reopened Sunday morning, May 19, a day ahead of schedule. Construction crews have been working around the clock since Friday night to place nine girders for the vehicle and light rail overpasses as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. The work was performed around the clock to minimize the impact to the public. This is the last scheduled full closure of Powell for light rail construction, with the new overpass for northbound SE 17th Avenue is scheduled to open this fall.
Economic benefits of the project - creating jobs
• 384 firms are/have worked on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, 107 of which are minority/women-owned and emerging firms (DBEs).
• 2,914 direct jobs as of April 10 (1,981 on-site construction; 933 professional and technical).
About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project to be built and extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the project:
• 7.3 miles
• 10 stations
• The first of its kind multi-modal bridge will carry light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and a future Portland Streetcar extension over the Willamette River, but no private vehicles.
• TriMet’s share of the $1.49 billion project is less than 5 percent.
• Opens in September 2015
• Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations