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Rockwood road work winds down

Construction is wrapping up on a Rockwood street improvement project at Southeast 188th Avenue and East Burnside Street, and while the traffic signals are being updated, traffic will be limited.

From Wednesday, Oct. 26, to Wednesday, Nov. 9 - when the updates are scheduled to be complete, depending on the weather - no left turns will be permitted at the intersection and cars will not be able to travel north or south on 188th through the intersection.

Traffic can continue east and west along Burnside and turn right from 188th or from Burnside in any direction.

The traffic flow limitations are required to stop vehicles from crossing the MAX light rail tracks while the signals are being switched over at the intersection, said Laura Shepard, Gresham spokeswoman.

Construction is part of a project to realign 188th at Burnside with 187th on Stark Street. Now 188th Avenue runs straight through Burnside, stopping at Stark. When the project is complete, 188th Avenue will become 187th Avenue on the south side of Burnside as it curves to the west and connects with 187th Avenue at Stark Street, where 187th continues to run south through a residential area. The old 188th Avenue between Burnside and Stark will be permanently closed.

The intersection of 187th Avenue and Stark also is getting a new signalized intersection, creating a safer path for pedestrians and vehicles between the MAX station on Burnside and the residential neighborhood to the south, Shepard said.

After the realignment is complete, motorists will be able to turn in all directions at 188th and Burnside.

This realignment is one of the Rockwood in Motion street improvement projects intended to improve Rockwood's appearance, make access to the MAX light rail safer and more pleasant, and jump-start investment in the Rockwood Triangle, Shepard said.

Funding for the projects is through the city's urban renewal district overseen by the Gresham Redevelopment Commission.