Storm damage recovery

UPDATE: NW Cornell Road closure postponed to Monday, Aug. 30

Traffic Advisory
Traffic will be detoured via NW Skyline Boulevard and West Burnside Street through Spring 2022

(Aug. 23, 2021) The NW Cornell Road closure has been postponed and instead will begin on Monday, Aug. 30. 

(Aug. 17, 2021) Beginning on Monday, Aug. 23, contractors for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will close NW Cornell Road between NW 30th and 53rd avenues for essential repairs to the Cornell Tunnels to prevent structural failure and to extend the tunnels’ lifespan.

A large crack near the crown of the western Cornell Tunnel was observed during recent inspections. A 2019 in-depth field assessment and subsequent geotechnical engineering report recommended tunnel lining strengthening to prevent structural failure of the tunnels. This project will provide the recommended tunnel lining strengthening and lining coating and considerably extend the useful life of the tunnels.

In order to complete the needed repairs as safely and efficiently as possible, NW Cornell Road will be closed to thru-traveling motor vehicles for the duration of construction. The road will remain open to pedestrians and people biking, who will be directed to use the existing paved paths that go around the tunnels. Local access will be maintained for residents and businesses located along the corridor, including the Audubon Society and Adams Community Garden.

NW Cornell Road will be closed for all hours on all days, starting August 23, 2021 between NW 53rd and NW 30th avenues. Eastbound traffic will be detoured to NW Skyline Boulevard.Westbound traffic will be detoured from NW 23rd Avenue to West Burnside. The detour is expected to be in place for the duration of construction which is estimated to be complete in Spring 2022.

A map showing the NW Cornell Road detour via NW Skyline Road and West Burnside Street

Please travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather dependent and subject to change.

Additional information can be found on the project website.

Thank you for your patience while we complete these essential repairs.