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SW Naito Parkway fully reopens to motor vehicles following final traffic signal activation

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SW Naito Parkway looking north at the new traffic signals at the Hawthorne Bridge onramp and at Jefferson Street. Photo by PBOT.
Work on two-way bikeway continues, will open for people biking mid-February
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(Feb. 1, 2022) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has fully reopened SW Naito Parkway to people driving northbound, following the successful activation of the northbound traffic signal on SW Naito Parkway at SW Jefferson Street this morning. It is the final traffic signal activation of the eighteen new and replacement traffic signals included in the SW Naito Parkway Improvement and Better Naito Forever projects.

Most pedestrian improvements on the projects are also complete. People walking and rolling can now take advantage of the new accessible sidewalk along the westside of Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the shorter signalized crossings of SW Naito Parkway.

Another milestone for the two projects will be marked in mid-February when PBOT opens the two-way bikeway that will create a continuous connection from SW Lincoln to NW Davis streets and the Steel Bridge. The bikeway currently remains closed as crews have additional green paint and pavement markings to install. This work has been delayed by supply chain issues and weather.

Crews working for PBOT spread new asphalt on the southbound lanes of SW Naito Parkway between SW Market and Harrison streets. Photo by PBOT.
Crews working for PBOT spread new asphalt on the southbound lanes of SW Naito Parkway between SW Market and Harrison streets. Photo by PBOT.

With the two-way bikeway scheduled to open mid-February, final completion is now slated for March. During the month of March PBOT expects to receive delivery of the decorative bollards for the corridor and to be able to install planters along the bikeway. A paving crew will also return in March to lay down the final top lift of asphalt on the southbound lanes of SW Naito Parkway between Market and Harrison streets, and to pave SW Naito Parkway between SW Harrison and Lincoln streets. PBOT greatly appreciates Portlanders’ patience and understanding during this major corridor reconstruction.

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.