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Closure of downtown MAX stops lasted two weeks while crews replaced track, made improvements.

COURTESY TRIMET - Crews replace MAX track along Southwest Washington Street in downtown Hillsboro. MAX service was stopped in downtown for two weeks while crews made improvements. Service restarted this week.TriMet resumed MAX Blue Line service to downtown Hillsboro this week, after a two-week closure shut down MAX trains and disrupted commutes for riders in the city's central core.

The $3 million project was meant to improve MAX tracks and improve TriMet's older stations in Hillsboro.

In downtown Hillsboro, crews replaced a complex network of track on Southwest Washington Street that allows trains to change from one set of tracks to another, said TriMet spokesman Tim Becker, and replaced a curved rail heading into the Hatfield Government Center Station.

"While the tracks were closed, we took advantage of the opportunity to repair a section of roadway next to the tracks and clean up four MAX stations," Becker said. "We replaced the bumpy white warning strips at three of the stations with new ones that are more durable and easier to repair than the old tiles. The stations also had their roofs cleaned, paint touched up, light bulbs replaced and other maintenance work done.

During construction the Fair Complex MAX station was considered the end of the line. Shuttle buses served interim stops near Hillsboro's four impacted stations — Washington at Southeast 12th Avenue, Tuality Hospital, Hillsboro Transit Center and the Hatfield Government Center.

Southwest Washington Street between Southwest Adams and South First Avenue will remain closed to drivers in both directions through Nov. 3, Becker said.

Becker said the improvements will increase MAX service reliability and improve riders' overall experience. Becker said the work is "one of the most complicated projects we've done yet" as part of Trimet's ongoing program to replace and update sections of track.

"We thank riders and others who move daily through Downtown Hillsboro for their patience and understanding while we complete this important work on the transit system," Becker said in a statement.

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