What's Happening Now?
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will repave NE 33rd Avenue between NE Sandy Boulevard and NE Brazee Street at Grant Park starting Monday, Aug. 8, with work continuing through the end of the month. NE 33rd Avenue will be closed for several days at a time during the work period, with work zone closures for a few blocks at a time starting at the north and moving to the south through Aug. 31.
The parts of NE Broadway and NE Sandy Boulevard that pass NE 33rd Avenue will not be repaved during this project, so there will no lane or road closures on these busy roads.
Repaving the surface of NE 33rd Avenue will extend the road’s lifespan by up to 20 years.
What to Expect During Paving
The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. Parking will be restricted 1-2 days before crews begin and throughout the repairs. Pedestrian access will remain open for the duration of construction.
Work hours for this project are expected to be 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. Weekend work for this project is possible, but not anticipated.
This preventive maintenance work will be done in three phases to minimize disruption to the traveling public. The first phase involves repaving NE 33rd Avenue from Brazee Street to US Grant Place. Once crews have completed this work, they will continue repaving NE 33rd Avenue from US Grant Place to Broadway.
The final portion of the work will improve road conditions on NE 33rd Avenue from Broadway to Sandy Boulevard. This work will temporarily close the Interstate 84 west on-ramp from southbound NE 33rd Avenue between the hours of 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Aug. 17 to Aug 19. During this phase of the project, drivers will be detoured to the on-ramp at NE 37th Avenue. The off-ramp from I-84 to NE 33rd Avenue will also be closed. Travelers will be diverted to the off-ramp at NE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard.
We ask the public to travel slowly and cautiously in our work zones, observe all detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.
After applying the new pavement surface, PBOT crews will be constructing two new safety enhancements for pedestrians and cyclists.
At NE Hancock Street, turn restrictions will be implemented for vehicles:
- For southbound traffic, vehicles will be restricted from turning left (eastbound) onto NE Hancock Street
- For east/westbound traffic, vehicles will be limited to “Right Turn Only” at NE 33rd Avenue
- For northbound traffic, vehicles will continue to use existing the left turn lane at NE Hancock Street, providing westbound access onto NE Hancock Street
New traffic signs and tuff curbs will be installed to clarify the traffic operations at the intersection. Additionally, bike crossings will be installed to promote crossing safety for east/westbound cyclists traveling along the NE Hancock Street Neighborhood Greenway.
At NE US Grant Place, “No Turn on Red” signs and bike boxes will be installed on the east and west leg of the intersection to improve intersection safety for pedestrians and cyclists in the area. Bike boxes are used to provide a safe space for cyclists queuing at the intersection.
In the drier months, crews from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) perform regular, preventative maintenance on our roads by grinding down the asphalt surface and repaving the street.
PBOT’s asset managers rank pavement conditions across the city and recommend the best repair for our budget. Preventative maintenance like this grind and pave project helps keep our roads in good shape longer. It saves us money in the long run, too, avoiding more costly repairs.
By federal law, PBOT is required to bring curb ramps up to ADA standards whenever we resurface the road. Curb ramps are critical for people with disabilities so they can safely access routes to important destinations. PBOT is committed to upgrading existing sidewalk corners to better serve the public. The bureau plans to build or upgrade nearly 170 corners along this corridor, and 85 percent has been completed since the work started last year. For more information, please visit PBOT’s ADA page.
How do PBOT crews repave a street? In this short video, PBOT crew members explain how they grind and pave roads to extend the lifespan of city streets: