Traffic impacted Saturday along SE Powell Blvd due to light rail construction


On Saturday, Nov. 17, one lane of SE Powell Blvd eastbound will be closed between 13th and 21st avenues due to Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project construction work. The lane closure will take place 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. All driveways and side streets will remain accessible, including the exit to southbound 17th Ave.

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Economic benefits of Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

Construction of the project is nearly 30 percent complete and has generated 2,273 direct jobs and contracted with 323 companies. Overall, the project is creating up to 14,500 direct and indirect jobs during the life of the project.

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.
  • TriMet’s share of the $1.49 billion project is less than 5 percent.
  • 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.

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