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Traffic Advisory: N Greeley Avenue to receive major upgrade

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Thoroughfare will be closed to all traffic June 15-19 as PBOT adds new pavement.
The project will increase safety for freight, motor vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic
Work continues on N Going Street Bridge repairs
Rendering of the improvements provided by the N Greeley Multi-use Path and Paving Project
A rendering of the future bicycle connection for the N Greeley Multiuse Path. Illustration by PBOT.

(June 11, 2020) North Greeley Avenue, a busy corridor connecting North Portland neighborhoods and major employers to the rest of the region, will be closed to all traffic for one week, as the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) replaces the street pavement.

From June 15 to 19, the full closure of Greeley from N Interstate Avenue to N Going Street means everyone traveling by motor vehicle, bicycling, or walking will need to use detour routes, 24-hours a day. After June 19, intermittent daytime lane closures will provide partial access to Greeley.

PBOT’s N Greeley Avenue Multiuse Path and Paving Project is a Fixing Our Streets-funded project that will repave the entire width of N Greeley Avenue from Going Street to Interstate Avenue. It will install a two-way, 1-mile path on the east side of N Greeley Avenue. Along this 1-mile path, a concrete barrier will be erected, separating users of this multi-use path from vehicle traffic on N Greeley Ave.

Vehicles will be required to use the designated detours on N Interstate Avenue and N Going Street (see graphic below). The N Greeley I-5 onramp will also be closed during construction. After June 19, N Greeley Avenue will be partially open, with incremental lane closures. A separate phase for construction of the multiuse path will follow. Construction is anticipated to be completed by mid-summer 2020.

People biking are asked to use the designated bicycle detour on N Interstate Avenue and Willamette Boulevard during construction (see graphic below).

Vehicle Detour Map

A map overview of the vehicle detour for N Greeley Avenue

Bicycle Detour Map

Overview Map of Greeley Avenue Bicycle Detour

 We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

This project is funded by a City Council-approved Major Maintenance Set-Aside as well as the Heavy Vehicle Use Tax through the Fixing Our Streets Program. The total project budget is $1.8 million.

Click here to learn more about this project.

North Going Street Bridge repairs update

In September of 2019, a Union Pacific Railroad train derailed and caused structural damage to the North Going Street Bridge, prompting temporary bridge closures and lane reductions. In response, Portland City Council gave emergency approval for a contract of up to $1 million dollars to provide bridge stabilization and repair work.

PBOT has been working diligently toward conducting permanent repairs to restore the bridge to six travel lanes. In November of 2019, temporary bracing was installed to allow for the opening of a fourth travel lane. Following this, PBOT created permanent repair plans. The bureau is currently waiting for Union Pacific to finish its review of PBOT’s right-of-way request to complete the repairs. Repairs are anticipated to take several months. A start and end date are still to be determined.

Lane closures are not anticipated for the permanent repair work, but it will require some interruptions to Union Pacific operations.

To learn more about this project, click here.