Good news for drivers! I-5 on-ramp from SW 5th Avenue reopens 19 hours early


Construction closure allowed crews to complete eastern half of light rail track crossing

Good news for drivers! The I-5 on-ramp from SW 5th Avenue has reopened to traffic some 19 hours ahead of schedule after construction crews finished work on the eastern half of the light rail track crossing of SW 5th for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project. Crews worked around the clock beginning at 5 a.m. on Friday, June 28 to minimize the impact to the public. The track installation will bring the region’s fifth light rail extension closer to the South Terminus of the Portland Mall light rail alignment.

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

Learn more about the project and upcoming construction impacts

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.