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Issue: “Minimize impacts to motorists and bicyclists during construction.”
What We Changed
It is impossible to replace the wooden caps on the Vermont Street Bridge
without closing half the bridge. However, by using innovative construction staging, ODOT was able to:
--Reduce the duration of the southbound closures from several months to approximately four weekends.
--Use a “mobile barrier” to allow for increased daytime work hours – thereby reducing night time work from 173 to 30 nights.
--Maintain bicycle access on Barbur Boulevard during construction.
Issue:  “Don’t detour traffic onto Terwilliger Boulevard.”
What We Changed

ODOT reviewed all detour options and received approval from the City of Portland to use Capitol Highway (OR 10) and Bertha Boulevard as the official detour for “through” traffic during southbound closures of Barbur Boulevard, rather than using Terwilliger Boulevard.
Issue:  “Improve access and safety for bikes and pedestrians.”
What We Changed

Constraint: There is no funding available to replace or widen the bridges or build separate bicycle/pedestrian bridges next to the existing bridges.  With current funding ODOT will: 
--Install a green bike lane
--Improve the ramps onto the bridge walkways, increase the height of the safety railings and improve the drainage on both bridges
--Install automatic “Bikes on Bridge When Lights Flash” flashing beacon signs before the bridge in both directions. The signs are activated by roadway sensors, so bicyclists do not have to stop to activate them.  They will be installed this fall 2013 ahead of this project.



Project Contact:
Susan Hanson, Community Affairs Coordinator
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