Lanes will be restricted for three months for light rail project work

Starting on Monday, construction of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project will restrict traffic on Southwest Naito Parkway for approximately two blocks south of Harrison Street for three months.

Beginning at 7:00 a.m. on Jan. 14 and continuing for 12 weeks, traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction.

According to TriMet, the restrictions are necessary to raise the grade of Naito Parkway where it will cross the light rail alignment in downtown Portland.

During the restrictions:

• Signage and flaggers will be present to direct traffic.

• Left turns at Harrison from northbound Naito will be prohibited during construction.

• Bus stops on Naito near Harrison will be moved further north near the pedestrian path crosswalk north of Harrison Square.

The construction work will occur in two phases, with work taking place on the east side of Naito Parkway for six weeks, then transitioning to the west side for six weeks.

The grade increase, which will reach three feet at its highest point, will create a gradual rise in Naito Parkway to enable it to intersect the light rail alignment approximately 200 feet south of Harrison Street. The project is placing light rail tracks from 1st Avenue to Naito to connect them to the Harbor transit structure.

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