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Portland Metro Thursday Traffic: Continued Newberg Bypass Project work moves to medians

Phase 1 of the Newberg-Dundee Bypass Project continues late into the summer with work in September on building new median island at OR 219 and Second Street and at Springbrook and Wilsonville roads in Newberg. Work on the island will change traffic movements and improve safety at the intersections. It will also slow traffic during construction.

Those who drive through this area regularly are already painfully aware of closures, detours and long delays. The median island will limit movements to right turns only in the construction zone. No left turns will be allowed. Drivers are asked to pay attention to construction signage during and after the work. There are no crosswalks and ADA ramps at the intersections. The median islands are not designated for pedestrian use.

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NORTHWEST INDUSTRIAL PORTLAND 6:37 a.m.; Westbound U.S. 30 near Nicolai Avenue is closed for a rollover truck crash. Use an alternate route.

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Portland General Electric will begin a project to replace aging equipment and shore of the strength of the power grid downtown named the Marquam Project.

PGE will dig up streets and do maintenance work along Southwest Naito Parkway and First Avenue between Interstate 405 and Jefferson Street.

Drivers will see lane closures and bicyclists will be detoured. Pedestrians will encounter sidewalk and cross walk closures. Generally, closures will be one-to-two blocks long and will move from place to place as work progresses. The work is scheduled to continue through November 16, then break for the holidays and resume early in 2018 and continue through fall of that year.

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The O’Bryant Square SmartPark garage will for at least four months while engineers assess damaged concrete. O’Bryant Square Park, a popular lunch spot for downtown workers, isn’t believed to be at risk and will remain open.
The Morrison Bridge closes to all users 8 p.m. Wednesday until as late as 5 a.m. Thursday.

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