Light rail construction temporarily closes downtown Milwaukie intersection


Closure at SE Washington & 21st means minor detours during paving

Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project construction will temporarily close the intersection at SE Washington Street and 21st Avenue in Milwaukie for paving July 18-19, with no through access onto Washington Street. Minor detours for traffic and bus service, and most pedestrian access will be maintained. Construction is scheduled to be complete and the intersection reopened at 5 p.m. on Sat., July 19.

Lake Road under the railroad trestle and new light rail bridge will be temporarily opened to accommodate detour traffic. Washington Street traffic will be detoured to Monroe Street via 25th Avenue (westbound) and to Harrison Street via Main Street (eastbound).

Washington Street will be open for local access only between 21st and 25th avenues and between 21st Avenue and Main Street. SE 21st Avenue will be open for local access only between Washington Street and Lake Road and between Washington Street and Jefferson Street.

Bus Line 29-Lake/Webster Rd will be detoured to Monroe Street and 25th Avenue. Bus Line 32-Oatfield will be detoured to Monroe Street, 25th Avenue, Washington Street and 27th Avenue.

About the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project
The 7.3-mile project is the region’s sixth MAX construction project and will improve transit in this corridor that 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 in the U.S. will carry light rail and streetcar trains, buses, bicyclists and pedestrians, but no private vehicles.
  • Opens Saturday, Sept. 12, 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.