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In 2017, ODOT will repave 2.6 miles of deteriorated pavement on OR 99E, between SE Harold Street and SE Harrison Street in southeast Portland and Milwaukie.

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ODOT is preparing to make repairs and improvements to OR 99E in SE Portland and Milwaukie.
The existing OR 99E bridge over Crystal Springs Creek will be replaced.
This work will require shoulder and lane closures, and up to four full weekend closures of OR 99E.
Learn about next steps and how to stay informed about construction activities.

Paving and Reconstruction

ODOT is preparing to make repairs and improvements to OR 99E in SE Portland and Milwaukie.

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  • Deteriorated pavement on OR 99E.

    Deteriorated pavement on OR 99E.

Improvement Summary

The stretch of OR 99E between SE Harold Street and SE Harrison Street was last replaced in 1994 and the deteriorated pavement needs to be repaired.

The old highway roadbed was made of jointed concrete. It is still in the middle of the highway and covered with a thin layer of asphalt.

Years ago, the highway was widened by adding pavement at the edges of the concrete roadbed. The part that was widened was built on soft soil, and was not designed to accommodate the amount of vehicle traffic that uses the highway today.

The pavement built on soil has since failed and requires ongoing maintenance that costs money and impacts motorists. Instead of continuing to make short term and temporary fixes, this project will fully rebuild these sections of the roadway to provide a long-term solution.

Construction Activities

  • Grind and repave 2.6 miles OR 99E from SE Harold Street in Portland to just north of SE Harrison Street in Milwaukie. This will provide a smoother roadway surface.
  • Full reconstruction will be necessary in some areas because the roadway base isn’t strong enough to support current traffic volumes. This will involve excavating to a depth of three feet and will affect the outside eleven feet of pavement on both sides of the highway in the following areas:
    • Just south of SE Harold Street to the south end of Westmoreland Park, and
    • A section of OR 99E in Milwaukie between OR 224 and SE Ochoco Street. (This work will only affect the middle four feet of the road, southbound.)
  • Striping will be replaced with durable, profiled thermoplastic striping and reflective pavement markings.

In addition to the paving and striping work, there will be other improvements, including:

  • Improving drainage on OR 99E between SE Harold Street and SE Tolman Street
  • Upgrading approximately 25 sidewalk ramps throughout the project area to meet ADA-accessibility standards. Except for a small section of new sidewalk in Milwaukie, no new sidewalks will be added at this time.
  • Joint repair and membrane replacement on the Johnson Creek Bridge

Crystal Springs Creek Bridge

The existing OR 99E bridge over Crystal Springs Creek will be replaced.

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    Crystal Springs Bridge Location

  • Example Culvert

    Example Culvert

    The Crystal Springs bridge will be replaced with a culvert similar to this one.

Improvement Summary

This small bridge over Crystal Springs Creek has rotting wood in its piles and crossbeams and is nearing the end of its useful life. It will be replaced by a culvert, which is quicker to construct, less expensive than building a new bridge, and will be seven feet wider. The additional width will help improve fish passage for Coho Salmon, Chinook Salmon, and Steelhead Trout.

Bridge Related Impacts

Seven trees (Sugar Maples) will be removed to facilitate the bridge work, including five on the east side and two on the west side. One of the trees is already dead. After the project is over, the area will be revegetated with new trees and shrubs. ODOT is in the midst of finalizing the replanting plan.

Traffic and Noise Impacts

This work will require shoulder and lane closures, and up to four full weekend closures of OR 99E. As the project design progresses, more details will be shared about traffic impacts and detours.

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There will be up to four northbound closures of OR 99E in summer 2017.
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    Detour Map

    There will be up to four northbound closures of OR 99E in summer 2017.

Traffic Impacts

  • Those traveling by car, bike, or on foot will experience delays and intermittent detours throughout construction, up to seven days a week.
  • Roadway shoulders will be closed during lane and directional closures. A fully signed bike detour will be in place throughout the project.
  • The majority of work will take place at night when traffic volumes are lower, though there will be some daytime lane closures.
  • There will be up to four full weekend closures on OR 99E in the northbound direction to accommodate the bridge replacement. The official detour will direct northbound drivers to take OR 224 to I-205. Local access will be permitted as far north as Tacoma Street. Road users will be able to rejoin OR 99E northbound at Harold Street.

Noise

  • ODOT obtained a noise variance from the City of Portland and the City of Milwaukie to conduct this work and is anticipating up to 80 total nights of work throughout construction. Nearby residents and businesses may experience daytime and nighttime construction noise.
  • ODOT will mitigate noise impacts by restricting high noise activities to no later than 10 p.m., in residential areas.
  • In order to ensure worker safety, back-up alarms will be used during construction, including work conducted at night.
  • Once construction begins, a 24-hour noise hotline will be available. That phone number will be distributed to neighbors adjacent to OR 99E and posted on the project website and can be used at all hours if a noise concern arises.

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Next Steps

Thank you for participating. The design is currently underway and expected to be complete by summer 2016. Construction will begin and finish in 2017, with most of the work concentrated in summer 2017.

This site is no longer accepting comments, though you are welcome to submit feedback at any time through the project website: www.99epaving.org.

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  • Construction updates and traffic impacts will be posted on the project website: www.99Epaving.org.
  • Once construction begins, you can learn how construction will affect you by visiting at www.TripCheck.com or by dialing 511.
  • You can also follow ODOT on Twitter and Facebook: @OregonDOT.
  • For more information or to be added to the project distribution list contact, Lili Boicourt, ODOT Community Affairs, at 503-731-8247.
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