Construction has begun on the OR 99W: N. Victory Boulevard to N. Argyle Street Improvement Project in
North Portland. The year-long Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) project will provide
much-needed bridge, roadway, and bike/pedestrian facility and safety improvements. Construction-related
activities will continue until Fall 2015, and road closures and detours will start in February 2014.
Read the December 2014 fact sheet
Construction work will periodically affect all road users at various times. Fully-signed detour routes will be in
place for motorists during any lane closures. While the schedule may change slightly, anticipated closures
Closures -- Check website periodically for exact dates.
• Starting in February -- N. Denver Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic for a continuous
period of up to 90 days. This closure could start as early as February 2.
• Starting in February -- 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. This closure could start as early as February 2.
• Starting Summer 2015 -- N. Denver Avenue will be closed to southbound traffic weekdays from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. for up to 28 calendar days.
• Starting late Winter/Early Spring 2015 -- All travel lanes on N. Denver Avenue and N. Schmeer
Road will be closed for two full weekends.
Bicyclists will be re-routed multiple times during the construction work on the bridge. During the first phase
of the bridge work starting in February 2014, 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: Starting Late Winter/Early Spring -- Two weekends of road closures for all travel lanes on N. Denver
Avenue and N. Schmeer Road.
The bridge sidewalk will be closed during the rst phase of the bridge construction starting as early as the
first week of February. Pedestrians will be required to share an eight-foot wide path with bicyclists during
this phase. Once the sidewalk is re-opened, pedestrians will share the sidewalk, a six-foot ADA compliant
path, with southbound bicyclists for the remainder of the bridge construction work.
View a graphic depicting the traffic impacts
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.
PROJECT ELEMENTSPROJECT SCHEDULEAnticipated Project Schedule
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 begins: Fall 2014
Second Phase Bridge construction begins: Spring 2015
Construction completion: Fall 2015
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 construction 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 December 2014 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