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Widening and improvements to busy road will start in April, lane closures Feb. 26

COURTESY: GOOGLE MAPS - Busy 238th Drive in Wood Village will close for construction in April from roughly the Cherry Park Market Center to the bottom of the hill at Arata Road, marked with a gray indicator on this map.

Northeast 238th Drive between Arata Road and Oregon Street in Wood Village will be closed for road construction and widening beginning in April.

There will be lane closures in the project area Friday, Feb. 26, and possibly Saturday, Feb. 27, when a contractor will remove trees. Expect delays up to 10 minutes during work hours, when flaggers will direct traffic. 

This area begins roughly at the Cherry Park Market Center, which includes the Safeway, Dollar Tree and Troutdale Library and ends at the bottom of the curvy hill.

Major improvements on the steep section of road are scheduled to begin in April, Multnomah County Transportation said. The road closure is designed to shorten the construction schedule and improve safety.

That section of 238th Drive is scheduled to reopen by Oct. 1. Access will be maintained for local residents and businesses during the work.

The county said trucks longer than 40 feet are banned on the hill due to the narrow, steep and curving layout of the road. The project will widen the road and will allow longer trucks to use this key route between Interstate 84 and Highway 26.

The project also will improve safety for other motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians, the county said in the announcement. The road currently has no bike lanes and a narrow sidewalk only on one side. 

The project also will improve drainage that has led to icy conditions that close the road at times, including this month. 

The project was a top priority in a plan called East Metro Connections Plan, which was adopted by the cities in East County, Multnomah County and by Metro. The plan aims to improve transportation along several arterial roads between Interstate 84 and Highway 26. 

Goodfellow Bros., of Wenatchee, Washington, was awarded the construction contract, which has a total cost of $9.1 million. Multnomah County is providing about $1.5 million with the balance coming from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

For information and to sign up for project updates, visit multco.us/238th. 

 


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