I-405 Crossing Project Construction Begins

Photo: Brad Newgard

Construction on the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT)Downtown I-405 Pedestrian Safety and Operational Improvements project will begin Monday, Sept. 20.

The project will install new marked pedestrian crossings, curb extensions, ADA ramps and streetlights to make crossing I-405 more convenient and comfortable for those on foot or mobility device. For people biking, a separated two-way bicycle facility between Couch & Alder with an improved crossing at West Burnside Street and 16th Avenue will also be installed. Finally, the outdated traffic signals at West Burnside Street and 15th and 16th avenues as well as at NW Couch Street and 15th Avenue will be upgraded to modern signals to improve operations for people driving.

The project was conceived during the Pearl District Access and Circulation Plan and is primarily funded via ODOT’s Enhance program. The total project budget is $3.1 million. Construction is expected to be complete in Summer 2022.

Work will begin with ADA curb ramp upgrades. Pedestrians can expect detours at open crossings while crews demolish and replace old street corners. As this project progress, Portlanders can expect traffic delays, periodic lane closures, and additional detours. PBOT encourages Portlanders who regularly live and/or travel in the project area to sign up to receive the latest construction updates on the Downtown I-405 Pedestrian Safety project page at www.portland.gov/transportation/pbot-projects/construction/downtown-i-405-pedestrian-safety-and-operational. This work is weather dependent and subject to change.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by temporary traffic signals and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

Special note regarding COVID-19 and construction work

PBOT has been in modified operations since March 17, 2020 and has implemented specific measures to ensure the safety of our crews and contractors. We're focused on delivering critical repairs and maintenance while taking specific steps to keep our workforce safe. These include modified shifts, social distancing, and other precautions based on current guidelines from local, state, and federal health officials. Thank you for giving our crews the space and time they need to keep our city moving.

Source: Portland Bureau of Transportation

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