(Jan. 7, 2022) One of the two eastbound motor vehicle lanes on the Hawthorne Bridge will be closed between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 10 to allow crews to replace temporary traffic signs with permanent ones. The work is part of PBOT’s SW Naito Parkway Improvement Project, one component of a major transformation underway on SW Naito Parkway.
Crews will ensure at least one eastbound lane is always open, but people driving or taking transit across the bridge eastbound should expect delays. The northbound SW Naito Parkway to Hawthorne Bridge eastbound ramp will also be closed at times, requiring people wishing to drive eastbound on the Hawthorne Bridge to detour by taking a left from SW Naito Parkway at SW Jefferson Street, right at SW 2nd Avenue, and then right again onto SW Madison Street. The bridge will remain fully open to people walking and biking on both sides.
Temporary traffic signs were used to reopen the northbound Naito to Hawthorne Bridge eastbound ramp in 2021, as permanent signage was delayed by pandemic-related supply chain issues. This brief closure on Monday will allow crews to replace the temporary signs with permanent ones that have finally arrived.
While the project has been impacted by winter weather, construction on the SW Naito Parkway Improvement Project will soon be substantially complete. Crews are awaiting a week of dry weather for paving the southbound lanes between SW Clay and SW Harrison streets so as to fully reopen the corridor. A paving crew will return in the spring to lay down the final top lift of asphalt. PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses during this major reconstruction.
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
The SW Naito Parkway Improvement Project is funded with $1.6M from Fixing Our Streets, with additional funding from Transportation System Development Charges and other sources. Fixing Our Streets funds are also leveraging additional Oregon Department of Transportation funding.
Special note regarding COVID-19 and construction work
PBOT has been in modified operations since March 17, 2020 and has implemented specific measures to ensure the safety of our crews and contractors. Thank you for giving our crews and contractors the space and time they need to keep our city moving.