Traffic impacted by round two of massive girder deliveries and placement for light rail construction


Naito Parkway exit closed in South Waterfront week of Aug. 14-16

Traffic in the South Waterfront area will be impacted the week of Aug. 13 by the delivery of 16 massive girders as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. This is the second of three sets of deliveries for the 1,730 foot long Harbor Structure. The 40+ ton girders being delivered are fabricated in Tigard by Fought & Company and individually transported to SW Moody Avenue.

Traffic impacts

  • Exit 1A (Naito Parkway) off of I-5 NB Exit 299B (City Center) CLOSED BETWEEN 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Aug. 14-16 for the preparation, delivery and placement of the 16 girders. The ramp will be reduced to one lane on Monday, Aug. 13, and possibly on Friday, Aug. 17, but open all other hours. The eastern shoulder of Harbor Drive and the southern portion of the turn lane at River Parkway will be closed for crane storage for the entire week.
  • The best option for drivers is to use Exit 299A (Macadam) off of I-5 northbound and head toward City Center/Naito Parkway. The detour (route attached) off of Exit 299B and the ramp closure at Exit 1A will direct drivers to SW 12th Avenue, Market and on to Naito Parkway.

Detours map

The last set of girders delivered to South Waterfront area is expected in October and will require more extensive traffic closures.

About the Harbor Structure

  • Longest structure along the 7.3-mile alignment at 1,730 feet (about 1/3rd mile) between eastside of Naito Parkway to SW Moody Avenue in South Waterfront
  • Harbor Structure decking will carry light rail and buses over and under several roadways in South Waterfront
  • 64 girders made with 2,050 tons of steel
  • Girders use plates up to 3” thick, 96” wide and 70 feet long
  • Completed sections will be up to 150 feet long and weigh up to 46 tons
  • 100% recycled steel domestically produced in Delaware
  • $5.3 million contract completed over 8 months by 40 employees working two shifts at Fought & Company. Company President Rex Smith said the contract kept 30 people employed for eight months, saving nearly one-fourth of their staff from layoffs.

Economic benefits of Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

The project is creating up to 14,500 direct and indirect jobs. As of August 10, 2012, the project has generated 1,818 direct jobs and contracted with 240 companies.

About Fought & Company

Fought & Company started during World War II on Swan Island and moved to Tigard in the 1960s. Bridge fabrication comprises 80 percent of its current business, with projects delivered throughout the West Coast, Alaska and as far east as Colorado. It also works on commercial buildings. The company has 14.5-acre site and employs 130 people.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project to be built and extends from the terminus of the MAX Green and Yellow lines at Portland State University in Downtown Portland to South Waterfront, SE Portland, Milwaukie and North Clackamas County. About the project:

  • 7.3 miles
  • 10 stations
  • The first of its kind multi-modal bridge over the Willamette River that will carry light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and a future Portland Streetcar extension, but no private vehicles.
  • Opens in September 2015
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations

Project partners

Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.

For more information about the project, visit