‘Each one is going to be awful’ – Summer construction crush will hit Portland area

‘Each one is going to be awful’ – Summer construction crush will hit Portland area

More like, highway to the construction zone.

Crews will start work this summer on more than two dozen road projects in the Portland area, causing lane closures, detours and traffic snarls ranging from a few hours to multiple weeks to several months.

Collectively, the projects mark the busiest construction season on Portland highways and freeways in a decade. This is all before work begins in coming years on big-ticket projects approved last year by state lawmakers as part of a $5.3 billion transportation package.

This isn’t a comprehensive list and doesn’t include city paving projects or work in Washington or Clackamas counties [we may take another crack at this later this month].

But Oregon Department of Transportation officials are trying to get the word out sooner rather than later.

“Each one is going to be awful,” Don Hamilton, Oregon transportation spokesman, said last month of the significant road projects and their ripple effects.

Some will be more disruptive than others. The following list isn’t ranked in order of project cost, scale, or importance - aside from the first project, which Hamilton said would be the most challenging.
  • Interstate 84 and Interstate 5 ramps and bridges
  • Interstate 5 paving project
  • Oregon 99E in Oregon City
  • More I-5 paving
  • Inner Powell Boulevard
  • New signs everywhere
  • New lane on Sunset Highway
  • Interstate 205

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