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I'm going to attempt to go down there Sunday morning and take some pictures of the new elevated portions. Lots of steel going up on the PMLR line. Also, the bridge is getting taller and taller!
They are also building what looks like the beginnings of an elevated viaduct near Westmoreland. They have a 14-18 foot tall retaining wall next to the Brooklyn train yard near Harold St, and are occasionally doing pile driving. Next to the big white crane along highway 99E.
I went on a nice ride today down to Sowa, across the new bridge to Lair Hill, and then back through downtown (after getting totally confused by the ramps at the west end of the Ross Island bridge) to SE/NE.
Hope these shots aren't overkill. They start with Lincoln -- looks like they'll be laying track there soon -- and end with the new bridge.
^^^So, future development to the south of the new station will be expected to build up to the height of this retaining wall? Or will it be filled in by the time the station opens? I'm guessing the former, assuming that what is now ground level will be basement parking for future buildings...I'm very curious to see what this area looks and feels like when everything is up and running in 2015. Will the waterfront at least get a rudimentary path from the Marquam to the Ross Island?
"TriMet said, “Ross Island Sand and Gravel will be providing the concrete.”
While technically accurate, “providing” sounds so charitable. We're pretty sure TriMet meant to say tax payers are footing the bill for that mountain of concrete."
- Although technically correct, taxpayers will be footing the bill for the concrete, all persons living in the US are required to pay some sort of tax for all private goods and services. So, the point is moot. Thanks for offering your unnecessary opinion in a simple informative piece on the status of this project.
The Oregonian is so full of editorialized anti-urban and rail pieces, its ridiculous. They didn't even have a newsorthy piece about the opening of the Portland Streetcar - in fact - there are NO non-opinionated pieces about the new line opening anywhere on the internet!
I really hate the media these days. Hope everyone who works at a news agency loses their job and ends up homeless on Burnside. Especially the owners, they have a special place in my heart.
The Orange Line bridge from Lincoln down to the South Waterfront is hella impressive. A real engineering marvel! I'm curious what the rider experience will be like. Good video if you click through the link.
TriMet bridge: Giant girder placement will disrupt South Waterfront traffic next week (video)
Published: Friday, October 05, 2012, 4:33 PM Updated: Friday, October 05, 2012, 4:38 PM
By Joseph Rose, The Oregonian
Automobile and Portland Streetcar traffic face significant disruptions in the South Waterfront district next week as crews move 28 giant girders into place as part of the flyover ramp project leading to the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail bridge.
It will be the final placement of girders on the 1,739-foot Harbor Structure, which will swoop up from Naito Parkway and over Harbor Drive before weaving up and under an assortment of freeway overpasses and ramps to Moody Avenue.
"This is the curviest bridge I've ever been a part of," said Tim Hutton, segment manager for Mowat Construction. "We refer to it as the worm going to war."
The 46-ton girders -- 3 inches thick and 96 inches wide and 70 feet long -- were fabricated by Tigard-based Fought & Company and are being individually transported to the construction site at Southwest River Parkway.
The work is expected to cause a long list of traffic headaches:
Southwest Harrison Street between Naito Parkway and Harbor Drive will be closed to auto traffic Monday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
The Naito exit from Interstate 5 North will be closed on Wednesday through Friday between 5 a.m. and 9 p.m. Drivers should use the Macadam exit.
Harbor Drive southbound will be reduced to one lane Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Temporary complete closures of Harbor Drive will occur while girders are suspended over Harbor Drive on Wednesday and Thursday.
No left turns onto River Parkway will be allowed Tuesday. Enter the area on Montgomery or Sheridan.
No right turns from River Parkway onto Harbor Drive will be allowed on Wednesday and Thursday.
River Parkway between Harbor Drive and River Drive will be closed on Friday from 7 a.m to 9 p.m.
The Portland Streetcar will not operate between the Portland State University Urban Center and Lowell Street on the South Waterfront on Monday and Friday. Shuttle buses will provide alternative service. Riders should expect some delays through the construction zone.
The east sidewalk on Harrison Street is currently closed to pedestrians and cyclists. It should reopen Oct. 22. Both sidewalks on Harrison will be closed Friday. There will be other periodic sidewalk, bike lane and turn lane restrictions in the area.
The Harbor Structure, built with 64 girders made with 2,050 tons of steel, is the longest piece of the 7.3-mile Portland-Milwaukie Orange Line. Its deck will light-rail trains and buses over and under several roadways in South Waterfront to what will be the nation’s largest car-free bridge.
-- Joseph Rose
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