What's Happening Now
The City of Portland's contractor Landis & Landis Construction, LLC began major construction work on June 14 along SW Capitol Highway.
- Replacement of the SW Carson Street water main has begun and will continue over the next three to four weeks. For those homes on SW Carson Street, SW 42nd Avenue, SW 41st Avenue, and SW Capitol Highway impacted by this work, residents will be notified three days in advance if any water shutoffs will impact your home.
- Stormwater pipes were installed on SW Garden Home Road between 40th and Capitol.
- Excavation work continued in the Multnomah South and 42nd/Woods Creek stormwater facilities.
- Trees were cut for the Multnomah North stormwater facility near the Post Office.
- Along SW Capitol Highway, crews continued roadside clearing and widening, and began constructing retaining wall footings.
- The major southbound detour of SW Capitol Highway is anticipated to begin on Tuesday, August 17th. All traffic coming over the bridge from Multnomah Village on SW Capitol Highway will be diverted westward on SW Garden Home Road, southward on SW 45th/48th Avenue/Drive, and eastward on SW Taylors Ferry Road back to SW Capitol Highway. Only northbound traffic will be allowed on SW Capitol Highway between SW Taylors Ferry Road and SW Garden Home Road. This detour will remain in effect for most of the remainder of the project, into fall of 2022. PBOT will post message signs and release a citywide Traffic Advisory a few days in advance of the change.
Virtual Open Houses:
A live presentation and Q&A session took place on Zoom the evening of Thursday, June 10th. You can watch the video here.
A separate, self-guided open house featuring an interactive map covering the construction schedule and project details is available here:
This project will improve safety and mobility for all modes of travel while improving stormwater management, protecting water quality in local streams, and updating water supply infrastructure to meet modern demands. Portland’s Bureau of Transportation, Bureau of Environmental Services, and Water Bureau are working on the project together to reduce costs, improve efficiency, and enhance service delivery to the Portland community.
The project will add a continuous sidewalk and protected bike lane on the east side of SW Capitol Highway, and a multi-use path on the west side of the street, from SW Taylors Ferry Road to SW Garden Home Road. The project will collect and convey stormwater runoff through inlets and pipes to four new stormwater treatment and detention basins located nearby. The project also will upgrade the SW Capitol Highway water main to a larger, more seismically-resilient pipe between SW Marigold Street and SW Garden Home Road, with additional main replacement on SW Carson Street.
Please note that this project involves traffic detours. June-July 2021 will involve a series of closures of SW Garden Home Road and SW 40th Avenue between SW 45th Avenue and SW Capitol Highway, as well as several nights of night work at SW Multnomah Boulevard and SW 40th Avenue, for pipe installation. Then starting in August 2021, all southbound traffic on SW Capitol Highway will be diverted to SW 45th and 48th Avenues via SW Garden Home Road, and returning to SW Capitol Highway via SW Taylors Ferry Road. This includes TriMet buses. This detour will remain in place for the remainder of the 18-month project to help the contractor complete the project in a more safe, efficient fashion. Northbound traffic and TriMet buses will remain on SW Capitol Highway throughout the project. PBOT will issue Traffic Advisories in advance of these major traffic changes.
Providing sidewalks and bike lanes on this segment of SW Capitol Highway has been a community priority for nearly 30 years. This segment, between SW Garden Home Road and SW Taylors Ferry Road, hosts over 8,000 vehicles per day, is served by TriMet’s #44 bus line, and currently has no sidewalks, bike lanes, pedestrian crossings or standard stormwater facilities.
The city’s project development process for this corridor began with the Capitol Highway Plan in 1996 and continued with the SW Capitol Highway Plan Refinement Report in 2011 and the Capitol Highway Corridor Stormwater Concept Design in 2016. In each of these cases, the city faced challenges in developing a buildable project with limited funding and challenging physical constraints.
In 2016 and 2017 sufficient funding came together from the voter-approved "Fixing Our Streets" ten-cent gas tax, development charges, Environmental Services, Water Bureau, and the State of Oregon, allowing the project to advance. The project team worked closely with the community from 2016 through 2020 to refine the design and discuss property and neighborhood impacts and benefits.
This joint PBOT-BES-PWB project is funded through the Fixing Our Streets city gas tax, Transportation System Development Charges, Oregon Lottery-backed bonds authorized by the 2017 State Legislature, Bureau of Environmental Services funds, and Water Bureau funds. Fixing Our Streets is contributing roughly $6.6 million of the total project budget of $27.5 million, making this the largest project funded by the Fixing Our Streets program. The construction contract value is approximately $14 million, with remaining funds attributed to planning, design engineering, right-of-way acquisition, project management, and construction management and inspection.