Weekend closure of SE Powell Blvd allows construction of new vehicle and light rail overpasses


SE Powell Boulevard between 13th and 21st avenues will be closed the weekend of May 17-20 so construction crews can place girders for the vehicle and light rail overpasses as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. The work is being performed around the clock to minimize the impact to the public. This is the last scheduled full closure of Powell for light rail construction.

  • Beginning at 10 p.m. Friday, May 17, Powell Boulevard will be closed between 13th and 21st avenues. Lanes will be narrowed beginning at 8 p.m.
  • Through traffic will be detoured to SE Holgate Boulevard via Cesar Chavez and McLoughlin boulevards. Local access to Powell businesses will be provided but no through access will be available between 21st and 13th avenues.
  • Bus Line 9-Powell/Broadway will use Holgate via 26th and Milwaukie avenues (including 17th Ave and Center St inbound only). Three bus stops on Powell in each direction will be closed between 21st and 26th.
  • Powell Boulevard will be fully open by 5 a.m. Monday, May 20.
  • The new overpass for northbound SE 17th Avenue is scheduled to open this fall.

Economic benefits of the project – creating jobs

  • 384 firms are/have worked on the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project, 107 of which are minority/women-owned and emerging firms (DBEs).
  • 2,914 direct jobs as of April 10 (1,981 on-site construction; 933 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, 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.