Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project reaches 50% complete milestone

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TriMet also announces opening date of September 12, 2015

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane, State Sen. Rod Monroe, OHSU's Brian Newman, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, State Rep. Carolyn Tomei and Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard celebrate the 50% completion milestone for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.

TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane, State Sen. Rod Monroe, OHSU’s Brian Newman, Metro Councilor Carlotta Collette, State Rep. Carolyn Tomei and Clackamas County Commissioner Jim Bernard celebrate the 50% completion milestone for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project.

Today, the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project reached its 50 percent construction completion milestone. Construction on the 7.3-mile line began in May 2012 along the entire line between downtown Portland and North Clackamas County, with the bridge construction over the Willamette River began in July 2011.

Project partners, including the City of Portland, Metro, state legislators, Clackamas County, City of Milwaukie and representatives for the Oregon Congressional delegation celebrated the milestone. Light rail projects are regional collaborations and take 12-15 years to go from an idea to construction and opening. Today TriMet also announced the opening date for the region’s sixth MAX line will be in 779 days on Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015.

“We’re building a project that will improve transit and travel times in this growing corridor,” said TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. “The construction crews are doing a terrific job, with the project on time and on budget, and we look forward to opening the line and providing alternatives to driving.”

BY THE NUMBERS
Alignment

  • 7.3 miles long bringing MAX line to 60 miles when open in Sept. 2015
  • The halfway point between the northern and southern ends is just east of McLoughlin Boulevard and south of Harold Street in SE Portland
  • 10 Stations
    • 2 west of the Willamette River—1 in downtown Portland and 1 in South Waterfront
    • 8 east of the Willamette River—6 in SE Portland, 1 in Milwaukie and 1 in north Clackamas County
  • The light rail route crosses six waterways
  • First bridge built across Willamette River in Portland in more than 40 years
  • 10 structures
    • Longest structure—the Harbor structure in South Waterfront, at 1,738 (18 feet longer than Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge)
    • Shortest structure—Johnson Creek Pedestrian Bridge, at 106 feet
    • Tallest structure—Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge, with 180-foot towers
    • Deepest structure—East Tower foundation, at 170 feet below riverbed
  • Approx. $40 million in bike/ped improvements
  • Approx. $40 million in roadway and traffic improvements

Rebar

  • Total = 4,898,000 pounds/2,449 tons
    • East = 3,550,000 pounds/1,775 tons
    • West = 1,348,000 pounds/674 tons

Concrete from Ross Island Sand & Gravel

  • 36,100 cubic yards to date on project, the equivalent of approx. covering 65 football fields in 4” of concrete.
    • 27,883 total cubic yards of concrete in bridge
  • $3.6 million in sales to project to date

Sidewalk and Bikeway improvements

  • Approx. $40 million in bike/ped improvements
  • 445 bike parking spaces
  • Approx. 9.7 miles of new/replaced sidewalks
  • Approx. 7.2 miles of new/replaced bike improvements

West

  • Approx. 7,685 linear feet (approx. 1.5 miles) of new/replaced sidewalks
  • Approx. 6,500 linear feet (approx. 1.2 miles) of new/replaced bike improvements
  • 36 bike parking spaces

East

  • Approx. 43,160  linear feet (approx. 8.2 miles) of new/replaced sidewalks
  • Approx. 31,440 linear feet (approx. 6 miles) of new/replaces bike improvements
  • 409 bike parking spaces
  • 2 secure Bike & Ride facilities
    • SE Tacoma St/Johnson Creek Station = 74 Bike & Ride spaces (plus 34 rack spaces outside)
    • SE Park Ave Station = 73 Bike & Ride spaces (plus 12 rack spaces outside)

Trees

  • 850 removed trees; 3,325 replacement trees
    • A 291% increase in trees (almost 3 times as many trees replaced as removed)

Economic Benefits

  • 6,804 direct, indirect and induced jobs have been supported by the light rail project as of July 10
    • 3,450 direct jobs, including 2,435 construction jobs
    • 3,353 indirect and induced jobs
  • 111 DBE contractors
  • $115 million in DBE contracts awarded as of June 30, 2013

Commute Facts

  • Increase work commutes from this corridor to downtown Portland by 20 percent
  • Reduce vehicle trips each weekday by more than 9,100 (or 60,000 vehicle miles)
  • Improve travel time between Milwaukie and the South Waterfront by 58 percent, and Milwaukie and PSU by 29 percent

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.