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OR99W: N. Denver Avenue

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PROJECT INFORMATION

Updated 7/21/15
 

All lanes of Denver Avenue between Victory Boulevard and N. Argyle Street are open.  They opened early on

Monday morning, July 20.

 
TRAFFIC IMPACTS
 

Construction continues on the OR 99W: N. Victory Boulevard to N. Argyle Street Improvement Project in North Portland. We have a number of important updates on road closures and detours:

--  Schmeer Road Improvements:  It is expected that Schmeer Road, from Denver Avenue to N. Whitaker Road will open to traffic in late July.  A new signal is being installed to allow both left and right turns. Watch for signs as to the exact date. 
--There will be several nights of southbound closures of Denver Avenue starting Monday, August 3.  They will not be consecutive nights.  Check this website next week for more specific information.
This Oregon Department of Transportation project is providing much-needed bridge, roadway, and bike/pedestrian facility and safety improvements on N. Denver Avenue. Traffic impacts and construction-related activities will continue until project completion in Fall 2015.
 
 

PROJECT INFORMATION

 
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.
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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:
Roadway Improvements
  • 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.
Bicycle/Pedestrian Improvements
  • 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.
Bridge Rehabilitation
  • 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.
Community Enhancement
  • Work with the Kenton neighborhood and City of Portland to identify a gateway feature to be installed in the vicinity of the project in Kenton.
  
Click to view the Project Fact Sheet for more information.
 
BENEFITS
 
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. Driver will also be able to turn left at the new signal onto North Denver Avenue.  The project improvements will create a safer experience in the corridor for all users.

 

SCHEDULE

 

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2014
Construction began: Fall 2014

2015
Second Phase Bridge construction began: Winter 2015
Construction completion: Fall 2015
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION

 

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
 
 
 
 

Project Fact Sheets:

Click here for December 2014 Fact Sheet

Click here for Summer 2013 Fact Sheet.


Contact:

Susan Hanson, ODOT Community Affairs

503-731-3490