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Rail construction closing roads across city in weeks ahead

Last week’s closure of Monroe Street was only a preview of road closures related to light-rail construction through Milwaukie.

by: PHOTO BY: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - Washington Street closes this week in Milwaukie as part of the ongoing light-rail construction through the city. Since roads had to be torn up anyway for light rail, Milwaukie’s Clay Pipe Project on Monroe Street replaced vitrified pipes susceptible to chemical attack at their joints. Public Works crews said brittle pipes are more prone to infiltration due to their short lengths and numerous joints.

This week, construction for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project requires closure of Southeast Washington Street between 21st and 23rd avenues through 5 p.m. Sunday, June 30. Bus Line 29 Lake/Webster Road is detoured via 27th Avenue to Lake Road to 21st Avenue. Four bus stops on Washington Street between 21st and 25th avenues are closed.

Construction crews are installing light-rail tracks, as well as heavy-rail tracks for the Portland & Western Railroad. TriMet and city officials hope construction allows Milwaukie to apply for a quiet zone, in which train horns are not routinely sounded except in cases of trespassing or emergency.

Other upcoming closures also will include intersection construction of new sidewalk, curb and pedestrian crossings:

1. Southeast Harrison Street will close at the railroad crossing at 7 a.m. Monday, July 8, through 5 p.m. Monday, July 15.

2. Southeast 26th Avenue at McLoughlin Boulevard will be permanently closed beginning Aug. 1.

3. Southeast Monroe Street will be closed from Aug. 5-25.

4. Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard will be closed between Washington Street and River Road from from 10 p.m. Friday Aug. 16 through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 19.

5. Southeast Adams Street and 21st Avenue will be closed from Oct. 21 through Nov. 3.

The weekend closure of McLoughlin Boulevard will likely involve a larger upcoming public-outreach effort by public agencies, as reported in “Citizens brace for Milwaukie light-rail construction detour,” May 29.