Drivers that use Interstate 84 in Portland should plan an alternate route ahead of a closure of both directions of the highway near the Interstate 205 interchange this entire weekend.
The closure of the two-mile stretch of I-84 east and west will be from 10 p.m. Friday, Sept. 23 until 4 a.m. Monday, Sept. 26.
I-84 west will close at Exit 9. Drivers can use I-205 south as an alternate route. To get back onto I-84 west past the highway's closure from I-205 south, take Exit 21B.
I-84 east will close at Exit 6, which drivers can use to access alternate routes. Drivers looking to get back onto I-84 east past the closure can take Exit 6, turn left onto Northeast Glisan Street, turn left onto the I-205 north ramp, merge onto I-205 and then take Exit 22 to merge onto I-84 east.
Additionally, both the I-84 west on-ramp at Northeast 102nd Avenue and I-84 east off-ramp at Exit 7 will be closed.
The closure is part of TriMet's A Better Red construction project for the MAX Red line.
The MAX Blue line will be disrupted during the closure of I-84 between the Gateway Transit Center and the E 122nd Ave MAX station as part of the project. Construction crews will replace eastbound rail and a rail crossing at East Burnside Street and Southeast 102nd Avenue.
The service disruption will be from the start of service on Saturday, Sept. 24, through the end of service on Sunday, Sept. 25. During the disruption, TriMet will use shuttle buses to take riders between the Gateway Transit Center and the E 122nd Ave MAX station.
The A Better Red project includes MAX building an additional set of tracks, two new bridges, a new track crossing, a Red line station platform and a multi-use path near the Gateway Transit Center.
The new tracks will reduce delays that happen when trains traveling in both directions have to wait for oncoming trains to pass, according to TriMet. With the Gateway Transit Center serving MAX Blue, Green and Red lines, helping Red line trains move more efficiently will also keep trains on time elsewhere in the light rail system, agency officials said.
The entire Better Red Project is set to be completed in 2024.
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To plan TriMet trips during the Blue line disruptions, visit trimet.org.
For more information on TriMet's A Better Red project, visit trimet.org/betterred.
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