Providence Park and Kings Hill MAX stations reopen after six-day closure in Southwest Portland.

COURTESY TRIMET - A TriMet train makes a first test of the newly-installed light rail tracks in Southwest Portland.Normal service has been restored for transit riders after a disruption to Red and Blue Line trains closed two light-rail stations for six days, TriMet announced.

As of Saturday, May 12, trains are now running regularly at the Providence Park and Kings Hill MAX stations in Southwest Portland.

The six-day closure that cost an estimated $1 million allowed workers to repair tracks built in the mid 1990s and also fix mechanical switches. Crews moved several power poles to allow for construction of the Press Blocks.

The updates are part of TriMet's "Making Transit Better," an initiative that has also seen the roll-out of Hop Fastpass, a new low-income fare program and what TriMet says is an improved citation resolution process.

"We thank our riders for their patience and understanding during the six-day disruption necessary for the bulk of the project," a TriMet spokeswoman said in a news release.

"This will create a smoother street surface next to the rails to the benefit of pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles traveling through the area," she continued.

Southwest 18th Avenue will stay closed through Friday, May 18, TriMet says.

To read a previous Tribune story about this construction work, click here.

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