The project eliminated the weaving conflicts for westbound traffic between the Highway 217 on-ramp and the Cedar Hills Boulevard off-ramp. Click on the image below to see a PDF of the upcoming traffic changes.
Traffic entering westbound Highway 26 from Highway 217 now merges with mainline traffic west of the Cedar Hills interchange. Traffic from northbound Highway 217 may either merge with U.S. 26 traffic or use Barnes Road to access Cedar Hills Boulevard. Westbound U.S. 26 main-line traffic can exit to Highway 217, Barnes Road or Cedar Hills Boulevard.
The project also reconnected Barnes Road with westbound Highway 26 near the Oregon Highway 217 interchange. The Barnes Road westbound on-ramp to Highway 26 was removed during the West Side Light Rail and Highway 217 Interchange realignment projects.
These traffic improvements were accomplished using an elevated ramp to separate conflicting traffic from the westbound mainline. Also known as a braided ramp, this structure created some visual impacts in the area.