The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is in the final stages of designing the OR 99W: N. Victory
Boulevard to N. Argyle Street Improvement Project in North Portland. Construction is expected to begin in late
fall of 2014. The year-long project will provide much-needed bridge, roadway, and bike/pedestrian facility and
Schmeer_Handout June 2014.pdf
The paving and bridge work will extend the life of the bridges and roadway. Pedestrians and bicyclists will
enjoy facilities that will have better connectivity in the Delta Park area as well as to the 40 Mile Loop. The
realignment of N. Schmeer Road and addition of the traffic signal will allow for a safer right turning movement
for drivers continuing northbound on N. Denver Avenue and eliminate the 1 mile out-of-direction travel for
drivers going southbound on N. Denver Avenue. The project improvements will create a safer experience in
the corridor for all users.
This improvement project will:
• Realign the N. Schmeer Road and N. Denver Avenue intersection and install a traffic signal.
• Realign the southbound ramp from N. Victory Boulevard to N. Denver Avenue and add a stop sign.
• Make the one-way undercrossing from N. Denver Avenue to N. Schmeer Road into a two-way
• Add a two-way shared-use path between N. Victory Boulevard and N. Schmeer Road on the west side
of N. Denver Avenue for cyclists and pedestrians.
• Resurface the bridge decks and rehabilitate the expansion joints.
• Replace the railing and crash barrier on the N. Denver Avenue Viaduct and Columbia Slough Bridge.
Construction work will periodically aect all modes of trac at various times. For the latest information, check
the project Web site at www.NorthDenverAve.org. A more specic construction schedule will be available this
Closures for Motorists
• N. Denver Avenue will be closed to southbound trac for a continuous period of up to 90 days. Also
during that time N. Schmeer Road, between N. Denver Avenue and N. Whitaker Road will be closed to
westbound traffic for a period of up to 45 days.
• N. Denver Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic weekdays from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for up to 28
• All travel lanes on N. Denver Avenue and N. Schmeer Road will be closed for two full weekends.
• Fully-signed detour routes will be in place for motorists during any lane closures
Bicyclists will be re-routed multiple times during the construction work on the bridge. During the first phase
of the bridge work, while the sidewalk is being repaired, all bicyclists will use a designated route on the west
side of the bridge. Once the sidewalk re-opens, southbound bicyclists will share the sidewalk with
pedestrians and northbound bicyclists will use the roadway for the duration of the bridge construction work.
Closures For Bicyclists
• Two weekends of road closures for all travel lanes on N. Denver Avenue and N. Schmeer Road.
Detours For Bicyclists
• A fully-signed detour route will be in place during bridge work.
The bridge sidewalk will be closed during the firrst phase of the bridge construction. Pedestrians will be
required to share an eight-foot wide path on the west side of the bridges with bicyclists during this phase.
Once the sidewalk is re-opened, pedestrians will share the sidewalk, a six-foot wide path, with southbound
bicyclists for the remainder of the bridge construction work.
Anticipated Project Schedule*
*An official project timeline will not be provided until after the project has been awarded to a contractor. The above schedule is based on the work proposed in the design phase.
Construction begins: Fall 2014
For more information, click on the links below. This information was on display at the fall 2013 open house.
Cross-section of North Denver Avenue Improvements
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is in the design phase for the Oregon 99W: N. Victory Boulevard to N. Argyle Street improvement project. This project will help make the roads safer and more efficient for all users of this important transportation connection in North Portland. See link below for project map.
The existing OR 99W (N. Denver Avenue) road configuration creates difficulties that have long been identified by ODOT, the City of Portland, local residents and businesses, and other stakeholders. Designated funds for the improvements will allow ODOT to address these concerns that were originally identified in the environmental assessment (2006) for the Interstate 5 Delta Park project.
The study pointed out multiple safety and operational concerns along the Denver Avenue corridor, including poor sight lines for drivers, deficient turning movements, gaps in bicycle/pedestrian paths, and the poor conditions of the Denver Avenue bridge decks and railings.
ODOT will address these issues and others problems discussed in the study. The mile-long project includes a diverse range of improvements, including:
Realign the Schmeer Road and Denver Avenue intersection and install a traffic signal to permit left turns from Denver Avenue to Schmeer Road and from Schmeer Road to Denver Avenue. This will eliminate the nearly 1 mile out-of-direction travel for drivers to go southbound on Denver Avenue.
Realign Schmeer Road to the north, which will increase safety at the intersection by improving sight distance for vehicles turning right or left onto Denver Avenue.
Realign the southbound ramp from Victory Boulevard to Denver Avenue and add a stop sign.
Add a new shared-use path adjacent to the Victory Boulevard ramp to fill the gap in the 40-Mile Loop Trail.
Make the one-way undercrossing from Denver Avenue to Schmeer Road into a two-way shared-use path.
Add a two-way shared-use path between Victory Street and Schmeer Road on the west side of Denver Avenue for cyclists and pedestrians.
Create marked spacing between cyclists and motorists on the Denver Avenue Viaduct and Columbia Slough Bridge to increase safety.
Resurface the bridge decks and rehabilitate the expansion joints to extend the life of the bridges and provide a smoother ride for people driving or biking.
Replace the railing and crash barrier on the Denver Avenue Viaduct and Columbia Slough Bridge.
Install new inlets and storm drains to help prevent the flooding that the bridges are prone to.
Project Fact Sheet
Click here for Summer 2013 Fact Sheet.
Click on this link for a full project map.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Susan Hanson, ODOT Community Affairs