REMINDER: Northeast 238th Drive will close Thursday morning
Northeast 238th Drive, between Arata Road and Oregon Street in Wood Village, will be closed for road construction beginning at 7 a.m. Thursday, April 1.
The affected 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.
Multnomah County Transportation suggests drivers use alternate routes such as 223rd Avenue or 257th Drive and east/west routes such as Halsey or Glisan streets.
The road closure is designed to shorten the construction schedule and improve safety.
That section of 238th Drive is scheduled to reopen in early October.
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, which 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 an announcement. The road currently has no bike lanes and a narrow sidewalk only on one side.
Plans also call for an improvement to the drainage system that has led to icy conditions in the past, which has forced closure of the road at times.
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.
For information and to sign up for project updates, visit multco.us/238th.
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