Light rail construction to raise Naito Parkway south of SW Harrison Street


12-week construction work will reduce Naito to 2 lanes for two blocks

Beginning at 7 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 14, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will begin raising the grade of Naito Parkway where it will cross the light rail alignment in downtown Portland.

  • This construction requires a 12-week reduction of Naito Parkway to two lanes, one in each direction, for approximately two blocks south of Harrison.
  • Signage and flaggers will be present to direct traffic.
  • The construction work will occur in two phases, with work taking place on the east side of Naito Parkway for six weeks, then transitioning to the west side for six weeks.
  • Left turns at Harrison from northbound Naito will be prohibited during construction.
  • Bus stops on Naito near Harrison will be moved further north near the pedestrian path crosswalk north of Harrison Square.

The grade increase, which will reach three feet at its highest point, will create a gradual rise in Naito Parkway to enable it to intersect the light rail alignment approximately 200 feet south of Harrison Street. The project is placing light rail tracks from 1st Avenue to Naito to connect them to the Harbor transit structure. Get project construction updates here.

Economic benefits of the project

The project is creating up to 14,500 direct and indirect jobs during the life of the project. To date:

  • 333 firms are/have worked on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, 102 of which are minority/women-owned and emerging firms (DBEs).
  • 2,371 direct jobs as of December 10, 2012 (1,459 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 five percent.
  • Opens in September 2015
  • Expands the MAX system to 60 miles and 97 stations

Project partners

The Federal Transit Administration, State of Oregon, Clackamas County, Metro, City of Milwaukie, Multnomah County, City of Oregon City, Oregon Department of Transportation, City of Portland, Portland Development Commission and TriMet.