All lanes of northbound Interstate 205 close Friday night for an Oregon Department of Transportation paving project. The closure begins 10 p.m. and continues through 5 a.m. Monday. This coincides with a two-week TriMet MAX disruption that begins at the start of service Sunday morning. Travel around the Portland area will be a bear this weekend.
All lanes of I-205 northbound will close for paving work and remain closed all hours/days between Southeast Foster Road and Interstate 84 through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. Signed detours will direct travelers to use OR 213 (82nd Avenue) and 122nd Avenue northbound as alternate routes. Travelers should expect congestion on the alternate routes and other local side streets and plan for delays. Delays will likely spill over onto Interstate 5 northbound through the city’s core and on Interstate 84 between I-5 and I-205.
The southbound lanes of the interstate will not be affected.
The paving work is part of a larger I-205 Paving, Auxiliary Lanes and ODOT RealTime Signs project from Johnson Creek Boulevard to the Glenn Jackson Bridge.
In addition to the northbound freeway closure, three additional on-ramps will close for the weekend that lead to northbound I-205; Sunnyside/Sunnybrook Boulevard, Johnson Creek Boulevard and Glisan Street. The closure of those ramps begins 9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 2 and ends at 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5.
Other forms of travel could be quicker and alleviate stress, including using TriMet’s Green Line that runs parallel to the I-205 closure. Visit Trimet.org to plan trips or contact TriMet’s rider support team at 503-238-7433 for help. If you do use TriMet, be aware that Sunday, Aug. 4 is the first day of the Lloyd MAX improvement projects (see more information below).
There is also a paved bike path that runs parallel to the freeway through the closed section.
Later in August, ODOT will close the Glenn Jackson Bridge in both directions overnight for installation of a new sign bridge. Dates have not been selected for this work, but crews plan to close the bridge between 11:59 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Stack all that on top of TriMet’s track improvement project that will slow down MAX commutes beginning start of service on Sunday, Aug. 4.
MAX users should expect delays on all lines. The map (below) shows where lines will stop and turn around in the vicinity of construction. For example: the Green line train will run from Clackamas Town Center to Lloyd Center, not into downtown. Those wishing to continue westbound will need to take a shuttle or walk to the Rose Quarter station and then continue westbound. Also, during construction, the Red line MAX will only run between Gateway and the Portland International Airport.
VANCOUVER 8:45 a.m.: Crash on Northeast 99th Street and 32nd Avenue.
BANFIELD 7:30 a.m.: Crash on I-84 westbound near 43rd Avenue. Traffic backing to 67th.
WILSONVILLE 7:15 a.m.: Crash on I-5 NB prior to the Boone Bridge is on the left shoulder. Some slowing back to Arndt Road.
Update 7:35 a.m.: Cleared.
And finally, the Broadway Bridge will close this weekend motor vehicles 6 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4 to complete a required biennial structural inspection and maintenance work. Bridge sidewalks will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The drawbridge will still open for river traffic.
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