Light rail construction impacts traffic at SE Tacoma and McLoughlin


Girder placement for the light rail bridge over the ramp connecting SE Tacoma Street and northbound McLoughlin Blvd/Hwy 99E requires lane and street closures December 7, 10 and 11. To minimize traffic impacts, a portion of this work for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will be performed at night, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., under a noise variance approved by the City of Portland.

  • The ramp will be closed at 10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7, and will reopen the next day by 5 a.m. Traffic will be detoured via 17th Avenue or Ochoco Street.
  • The McLoughlin Blvd exit lane for the ramp will be closed Friday, Dec. 7 from 8 p.m. until 5 a.m. the next morning.
  • On Monday, Dec. 10 and Tuesday, Dec. 11, work will now be completed during the day, with the exit lane closed both days from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Economic benefits of Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project

The project is creating up to 14,500 direct and indirect jobs during the life of the project. As of November 9, 2012:

  • 323 firms are/have worked on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, 100 of which are minority/women-owned and emerging firms (DBEs).
  • 2,273 direct jobs (1,361 on-site construction; 912 professional and technical).

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 will carry light rail, buses, bikes, pedestrians and a future Portland Streetcar extension over the Willamette River, 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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