The speed limit on Barbur Boulevard will be reduced to 35 m.p.h.
in the construction zone, 24 hours a day.
Revised July 7, 2014
Weekend Closure of Southbound Barbur Boulevard
Second Weekend Closure of Southbound Barbur Boulevard This Weekend
The southbound lanes of Southwest Barbur Boulevard will be at closed Capitol Highway from Friday night to early Monday for work on the Vermont Street Bridge.
The lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, July 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 14. The northbound lanes will remain open through the weekend.
As a detour, southbound motorists may take Capitol Highway through Hillsdale Town Center to Bertha Boulevard which leads back to Barbur Boulevard.
Southbound bicyclists may use a dedicated bike lane through the work zone during the closure. Southbound bicyclists and motorists should use extreme caution. Watch for motorists turning onto the detour route on Capitol Highway and bicyclists continuing straight on Barbur Boulevard.
The speed limit in the work zone is now reduced to 35 mph around the clock. Motorists should also expect increased speed enforcement during the project on Barbur Boulevard.
Detour Map for Motorists: July 11-14
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Construction and Traffic Impacts
See construction phase diagrams below. Construction started on June 10, with full lane closures. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and continue until the project is complete in the fall. The closures will be on Barbur Boulevard between the Capitol Highway exit on the north end and Brier Place on the south end. The result will be more daytime congestion on Barbur Boulevard in this area.
Two Weekend Closures and Detours
It is necessary for the contractor to close the southbound-only lanes of Barbur Boulevard for two weekends in June between Capitol Highway and Terwilliger Boulevard. The closures are expected to the weekends of June 20-23 and July 11-14. The closures will be from Friday at 9 p.m. until Monday at 5 a.m.
Southbound traffic on Barbur will be detoured on to Capitol Highway and Bertha Boulevard, then back to Barbur. Access to Parkhill Drive during the detour will be from Terwilliger.
Most of the work will be done during the day but there will be some limited night and weekend work. Some work at night may also be necessary and the specific dates will be announced later.
Lower Speed Limit During Construction
The speed limit in the work zone will be reduced to 35 miles per hour, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The current speed limit is 45 miles per hour. There will also be increased speed enforcement during the project on Barbur Boulevard.
The project website will be updated regularly with the latest information. The new shorter web address is www.barburbridges.org
Bicyclists To Share Wider Travel Lane with Motorists
During the daytime construction on each bridge, bicyclists will share a wider travel lane (14 feet versus the current 12-foot lane) with motor vehicles.
When feasible, the contractor will open a protected lane for cyclists through the work zone, in the evening and on weekends. Cyclists may travel this lane on weekday evenings from 4:30 p.m. to 6 a.m. and throughout the weekend, when available. Signs will direct cyclists when the lane is open.
If the lane is not open, cyclists will continue to share the travel lane with motorists. Lighting is provided to illuminate the work zone.
Work Affects Pedestrians
The bridge walkways will be closed in one direction during construction on each bridge. No accommodations will be made for pedestrians in the construction zone.
TriMet Bus Stop Closed
The TriMet bus stops near the two bridges will be closed during the project. The closest stops will be at the Rasmussen Village Apartments at the north end of the project and Southwest 2nd Avenue at the south end of the project.
CONSTRUCTION PHASES AND LANE CLOSURES
Newbury and Vermont Street Bridge Deck Repairs
Construction Issues and Solutions
Problem: The concrete pavement next to the bridge deck joints across both bridges has deteriorated. This has allowed water to get inside the joints, rusting the steel rebar inside the bridge deck and causing other damage.
Solution: Repair the concrete deck at the bridge joints. ODOT will improve drainage and improve the ramps leading to the existing walkways.
Problem: The drains on the bridge decks regularly get clogged with dirt and debris, causing water to run across the bridges resulting in standing water.
Solution: Improve the drainage system on the bridges.
Vermont Street Bridge Cap Replacement
Problem: The Vermont Bridge has wooden caps at both ends of the bridge, which are rotting and cracking due to water seeping in over the last 78 years. If these caps are not replaced, the bridge will be weight restricted – preventing heavy vehicles, like trucks and Tri-Met buses, from using this part of Barbur Boulevard.
Solution: Remove the old wooden caps from both ends of the bridge and replace them with steel caps.
Susan Hanson, Community Affairs Coordinator
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