Traffic impacted Oct. 8-12 in South Waterfront area due to final placement of 28 massive girders for light rail construction


Traffic in the South Waterfront area will be impacted the week of Oct. 8-12 by the placement of 28 massive girders as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. This is the final set of girder placement for the 1,739 foot long Harbor Structure. The 40+ ton girders were fabricated in Tigard by Fought & Company and individually transported to the construction site at SW River Parkway.

Traffic impacts

  • SW Harrison Street between SW Naito Parkway and Harbor Drive will be closed to auto traffic Monday, Oct. 8 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Naito exit from I-5 North will be closed on Wednesday, Oct. 10 through Friday, Oct. 12 between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Drivers should use Macadam exit.
  • SW Harbor Drive southbound will be reduced to one lane Oct. 9-12 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Temporary complete closures of Harbor Drive will occur while girders are suspended over Harbor Drive on Oct. 10 and 11.
  • No left turn onto SW River Parkway will be allowed Tuesday, Oct. 9. Enter area on Montgomery or Sheridan. No right turn from SW River Parkway onto Harbor Drive will be allowed on Oct. 10 and 11. SW River Parkway between Harbor Drive and SW River Drive will be closed on Friday, Oct. 12 from 7 a.m to 9 p.m.
  • The Portland Streetcar will not operate between PSU Urban Center and SW Lowell Street in South Waterfront on Monday, Oct. 8 and Friday, Oct. 12. Shuttle buses will provide alternative service for the entire service day, and riders should expect some delays through the construction zone.
  • The east sidewalk on Harrison Street is currently closed to pedestrians and cyclists and should reopen the week of Oct. 22. Both sidewalks on Harrison will be closed Friday, Oct. 12. There will be other periodic sidewalk, bike lane and turn lane restrictions in the areas throughout the week to ensure safety.

About the Harbor Structure

  • Longest structure along the 7.3-mile alignment at 1,739 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 September 10, 2012, the project has generated 1,939 direct jobs and contracted with 263 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

The Federal Transit Administration, 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