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OR 99E Paving Project: SE Harold Street (Portland) to SE Harrison Street (Milwaukie)



June 2017 update:

The contractor has been working days and nights the past few months and is getting ready to pave the section of OR 99E between Tacoma Street and Harrison Street.  Here’s what to expect:

*  Friday night, June 16 (10 p.m. to 8 a.m.) and Saturday night, June 17 (7 p.m. to 9 a.m.), paving will occur on the West Frontage Road between SE Ochoco Street and SE Milport.  OLCC and Americold are on this frontage road.  There will be flaggers controlling both directions of traffic on the Frontage Road during the paving with short delays.  No parking will be permitted on the Frontage Road shoulder after 5 p.m. on Friday until the paving is complete.  If the contractor needs an additional night, paving may also occur Sunday night from 7 p.m. to 4 a.m.

* Starting Monday night, June 19 and continuing for up to 2 weeks, paving will occur on OR 99E between Tacoma Street and Harrison Street in both directions.  All paving will be at night from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. (until 8 a.m. on Saturday), Monday through Friday nights.  The highway will remain open, but there will be nightly lane closures and delays during the times above

*  On both the Frontage Road and OR 99E, the contractor will use temporary lane markings, and return in July to do the permanent striping

This work is weather dependent and may be delayed or rescheduled due to inclement weather​

*  Starting in late June, the contractor will begin working in the section between Harold Street and Tacoma Street.  There will be a high concentration of work around Crystal Springs throughout the summer

* The contractor is making plans for the full weekend closures of northbound OR 99E between Tacoma Street and Harold Street.  Although we don’t have specific dates for the weekend closures yet, they will be in July and August and could be as early as the weekend of July 7.  Once we know the dates of the weekend closures, we will communicate them widely

**Read traffic impact information, posted every Friday afternoon.  

** Visit the online open house to learn more details about this project and meet the project team

** Read the latest fact sheet​ (updated April 2017)

ODOT began construction in April 2017 to repave 2.6 miles of OR 99E (SE McLoughlin Boulevard) from SE Harold Street to SE Harrison Street.  This stretch of OR 99E travels through southeast Portland and Milwaukie.  The pavement, last replaced in in 1994, has deteriorated  and needs to be repaired.  Grinding and repaving the highway will repair and preserve the road and provide a smoother roadway surface. In addition, the Crystal Springs Creek Bridge will be replaced with a box culvert.  Construction will continue through 2017.

Traffic and noise impacts from April 2017 through December 2017
The majority of work will take place at night when traffic volumes are lower.  Those traveling by car, bike, foot or public transit will experience delays and intermittent detours throughout construction. 
** Most lane closures on OR 99E will be between 7 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. (later on weekend mornings).  There will be occasional weekend daytime lane closures and nighttime ramp closures.  There will also be daytime lane closures on OR 99E south of Tacoma Street between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.

** Four full weekend closures on OR 99E in the northbound direction (from SE Tacoma Street to SE Harold Street) will be required to complete the bridge replacement.  The official detour will direct northbound drivers to take OR 224 to I-205. Local access will be permitted as far north as Tacoma Street. Road users will be able to rejoin OR 99E northbound at Harold Street.  See the detour map for more detail.  The dates for the weekend closures will be announced in advance, and will occur in July and August 2017

** BIKE RIDERS: The shoulders of OR 99E will be closed throughout construction and a fully-signed bike detour will be in place (on SE 17th Avenue)

** PEDESTRIANS: There will be short-term sidewalk closures.  A signed ADA-accessible pedestrian detour will be provided

** TRANSIT USERS: Trimet bus stops in the area may be temporarily closed or unavailable.  See www.trimet.org for updates

** BUSINESS DRIVEWAYS: There will be unavoidable short-term business driveway closures.   ODOT will work individually with each business to schedule the closures.  There may be delays departing business driveways, with occasional flagging

** NOISE: Residences and businesses adjacent to the project may experience daytime and nighttime construction noise.  ODOT has obtained noise variances from the cities of Portland and Milwaukie and is anticipating up to 80 total nights of work throughout construction.  ODOT will mitigate noise impacts by restricting high noise activities to no later than 10 p.m., in residential areas.  In order to ensure worker safety, back-up alarms will be used during construction, including work conducted at night.  For nighttime noise questions or concerns, call the 24-hour noise hotline at 503-412-2327

Project elements
  • Grind, repave and restripe OR 99E from SE Harold Street in Portland to just north of SE Harrison Street in Milwaukie.  The current striping will be replaced with durable, profiled thermoplastic striping and reflective pavement markings
  • From just south of SE Harold Street to the south end of Westmoreland Park, the outside 11 feet of pavement on both sides of the highway will undergo full reconstruction.  A 4-foot section in Milwaukie from OR 224 to SE Ochoco Street will also require reconstruction (this section is in the middle of the southbound lanes)
  • Replace the OR 99E Crystal Springs Creek Bridge with a box culvert.  This bridge has rotting wood piles and crossbeams and is nearing the end of its useful life.  A culvert will be quicker to construct and less expensive than building a new bridge.  The new culvert will be seven feet wider than the existing bridge, improving fish passage
  • Improve drainage on OR 99E from SE Harold Street to SE Tolman Street
  • Upgrade approximately 25 sidewalk ramps on OR 99E so that they meet ADA-accessibility standards
  • Repair joints and replace the membrane on the Johnson Creek Bridge
  • Pave the Frontage Road along OR 99E in Milwaukie (between SE Ochoco Street and SE Milport Street on the west side of the highway)
The project team has wrapped up design and selected a contractor.  Construction began in April 2017 and continue until the end of the year, with the bulk of the work in the summer.

Learn more

  • Read traffic impact information, posted every Friday afternoon

  • Participate in the online open house to learn more and meet the project team

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    services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1

  • To provide comments or be added to the mailing list, contact Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs
    PH: 503-731-8247; Email: Lili.D.Boicourt@odot.state.or.us