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ODOT & Your 3-Hour Commute this Summer

Carry extra water, make sure your vehicle gas tanks are full and plan space and margin for commutes all over town. Or schedule vacation or work from home. It’s going to be a bit brutal this summer but the more you plan ahead the better.

Plan out July 8th to the 23rd! Quoted directly from KOIN 6 news:  “The biggest headache will likely be on I-84 for two weeks in July, when all four ramps to I-5 will be closed. Traffic will be so bad that ODOT recommends planning a vacation during that time or asking to work from home.” It’s going to be the busiest construction season ODOT has had in 10 years.

PROJECTS: Excerpted from Oregon Live but without all the adverts and written by  Andrew Theen  atheen@oregonian.com 503-294-4026 @andrewtheen  Additional details by project are here.

Interstate 84 and Interstate 5 ramps and bridges: The most disruptive project will require “around the clock” closures of three of the bridges connecting Interstate 5 and Interstate 84. One bridge will close at a time, and the bridge connecting I-5 northbound to I-84 eastbound won’t be closed during the day. But the closures will last for two weeks or more. “These ramps have not had the upgrades they needed since they opened,” Hamilton said. The project will begin July 8 with a planned closure of the I-5 southbound ramp to I-84. That closure is expected to last until July 23.

According to ODOT, the project includes replacing bridge joints, resurfacing the roadway and other structural repairs. “Without these repairs, the bridges would need to close to trucks or other heavy vehicles and could eventually stop serving all drivers,” the state says on its website.

Interstate 5 paving project: At roughly the same time as the I-84 project, crews will begin repaving a six mile stretch of I-5 in both directions from the Interstate Bridge to the Moda Center. This project will cause nighttime lane and ramp closures and detours between the Fremont and Marquam bridges. Work will begin in late June and continue until the fall.

Oregon 99E in Oregon City: Multiple lanes of McLoughlin Boulevard in Oregon City will be closed from July through September as crews work to reduce the threat posed by a nearby hillside prone to landslides. Travel will be restricted to one lane in each direction for months.

More I-5 paving: Work crews are paving a 5.5 mile stretch of I-5 from Oregon 99W to I-205. 

Inner Powell Boulevard: ODOT will close lanes starting this week on a stretch of inner Southeast Powell Boulevard in Portland from 20th to 34th Avenue. This project includes three rapid flash beacons pedestrian signals at 24th, 31st and 34th Aves, better bicyclist and pedestrian crossings at other locations and new traffic signals at 21st, 26th and 33rd Aves. Lane closures are expected through June 15, and the overall project will last until 2019.

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