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OR99W: N. Denver Avenue
Many thanks to those of you who joined us to celebrate the completion of improvements to North Denver Avenue
On Saturday, October 24, 2015, we had a good size crowd of project partners,
neighbors, cyclists, contractors and ODOT staff
gather at the Paul Bunyan Plaza in Kenton. 

ODOT hosted a walking tour of the project and a short spin along the new shared-use path for cyclists to show the connections with the Columbia Slough 40-Mile Loop Trail.
There are still a few final details to finish up between now and the end of November. 
There may be infrequent shoulder closures. No lane closures.    
ODOT would like to thank the Kenton neighborhood, local businesses
and our partners on this project.
Angela Moos at grand opening.jpg 

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:  Schmeer Road, from Denver Avenue to N. Whitaker Road re-opened to traffic on July 20th.  A new signal was installed to allow both left and right turns onto Devner Avenue.  
--  Travelers should expect daytime shoulder and single lane closures on OR 99W (North Denver Avenue) in both directions from North Victory Boulevard to North Argyle Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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.


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:
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.
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.





Construction began: Fall 2014

Second Phase Bridge construction began: Winter 2015
Construction completion: Fall 2015


For more information, click on the links below.
Detours for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians during construction
Cross-section of North Denver Avenue Improvements

Project Fact Sheets:

Click here for December 2014 Fact Sheet

Click here for Summer 2013 Fact Sheet.


Susan Hanson, ODOT Community Affairs