Intersection paving at César E. Chávez and SE Hawthorne boulevards will impact traffic on Wednesday and Thursday

Traffic Advisory
SE Hawthorne Boulevard at César E. Chávez Boulevard looking south showing the newly-paved outer lanes. On Wednesday, PBOT crews will pave center lanes in the intersection. This is the final segment PBOT crews will repave, totalling 4.7 lane miles on Hawthorne Boulevard improved this summer.
Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes, construction to impact eastbound and westbound traffic on Hawthorne

(August 10, 2021) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) completes paving and striping work on SE Hawthorne Boulevard from SE César E. Chávez Boulevard to SE 50th Avenue this week, and PBOT crews will finish the paving phase of the project by grinding and repaving the center lanes of César E. Chávez and Hawthorne Boulevards.  

The public should expect to see lane restrictions, detours, flagging, and travel delays during this construction period.  

Upcoming Construction Schedule

Wednesday, Aug. 11 and Thursday, Aug. 12, 6 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.  

Construction activity: Grind and pave in intersection of Cesar Chavez and Hawthorne boulevards.  

Traffic impacts:  

  • Cesar Chavez will be reduced to one lane in each direction.  
  • Drivers will be able to take right turns from Cesar Chavez to Hawthorne at the intersection, but left turns will be prohibited. 
  • Hawthorne at Cesar Chavez will be closed to through traffic. Drivers traveling east and west on Hawthorne will be able to take right turns onto Cesar Chavez Boulevard. 

Week of Aug. 16:  

Construction activity: Striping and crosswalk installation 

Traffic impacts: Minor travel delays 6 a.m. - 5 p.m.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change. 

People riding transit should visit for the latest service impacts. People biking are advised to use the Salmon and Lincoln-Harrison Greenways as alternate routes. 

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. Expect dust, noise, vibrations, and heavy equipment on SE Hawthorne Boulevard and side streets. As always, please keep our crews safe by following all traffic control signs and flaggers while travelling through or near work zones.  

PBOT will provide periodic updates throughout construction. To sign up for construction updates, visit  

Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we complete this work. The next phase of construction includes constructing 10 pedestrian refuge islands throughout the corridor. When complete, Hawthorne will be a smoother, safer street with 4.7 lane miles repaved, nearly 180 new ADA curb ramps, and 10 new high visibility pedestrian crossings.