Update: November 5, 2013
This project is now complete.
The Oregon Department of Transportation is adding another lane, called an auxiliary lane, on Interstate 84 eastbound from the Halsey Street (exit 7) to Interstate 205 northbound (exit 8). Construction started in April and will finish by fall 2013.
Project overview and benefits
The new exit-only auxiliary lane is being created by extending the current eastbound lane, which currently ends at the Halsey Street exit to the I-205 northbound exit. This new northbound I-205 exit lane is next to the current two eastbound through lanes. Construction of this project will result in a smoother flow of traffic, reduce back-ups on I-84 and improved safety. For a map of the project location, click here or see below.
Construction Impacts to the local area
To add the new auxiliary lane, ODOT is widening I-84 by 16 feet in this area. Retaining walls are being built on ODOT right of way at the base of the hillside on the east side of I-84. The purpose of the walls is to maintain the stability of the slope. The face of these new walls will have the same look as existing ODOT walls in the area. For a cross-section illustration of this project showing the wall location, click here.
Daytime Work: All lanes will be open during weekdays and weekends except for one weekend closure (see below). Some drilling, retaining wall construction and signage work will occur during the day behind the barrier.
Night and Weekend Work and I-84 Closures: Due to the high volume of traffic and to minimize delays to the traveling public, much of the construction work is occurring at night. This work will include retaining wall construction, grinding and paving and installing new overhead signs.
The eastbound lanes of I-84 between the southbound I-205 exit and NE 102nd Avenue exit will be closed at night for up to 15 nights from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. to complete this work.
During the nighttime closures, motorists will be directed to the detour route. It is from I-84 eastbound (exit 6) to I-205 south, to the Glisan Street exit traveling eastbound, to I-205 northbound and back onto I-84 eastbound. To view the detour map, click here or see below.
Weekend I-84 Eastbound Closure
There will be one weekend closure of eastbound-84 when the new lane is paved. It is scheduled for Friday, July 12 through early Monday July 15 and it will be coordinated with the planned closure of the eastbound lanes during ODOT’s I-84 paving project from I-5 to I-205. The closure is subject to change based on weather and other factors.
The preliminary schedule of weekend closure is as follows:
Why Is ODOT planning to extend this lane?
Currently, the high volume of traffic exiting to northbound I-205 backs up onto the eastbound I-84 travel lanes, especially during the afternoon rush hours. This causes merging hazards and results in cars being slowed or stopped in the travel lanes.
New Interstate Highway Signs
In keeping with new federal highway sign requirements of listing only cities and towns or streets as destinations, the signs in advance of the exits at exit 7 (Halsey St.) and exit 9 (NE 102nd Ave.) will no longer list Gateway or Parkrose on the overhead signs, respectively. At the exit itself, the overhead sign at exit 7 will say Halsey Street and at exit 9 it will say 102nd Ave. An additional sign for the Gateway District will be installed on the shoulders of I-84 in advance of the Halsey Street exits.
An Additional I-84 Project
This summer, ODOT will pave I-84 in both directions between I-5 and I-205. This project will require two weekend closures of I-84, one in each direction, a partial westbound weekend closure for sign installation and striping and four nighttime full closures of one direction or the other. Construction will be coordinated between the two projects. More information about the paving project is available at www.i84paving.org
The construction cost for the auxiliary lane project is $6 million and is federally and state funded.
How can I get more information?
|Detour Map for Night and One Weekend Closure of I-84 Eastbound|
|Cross Section Diagram of Project |