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Open house slated on Jan. 30 to answer questions about schedule, detours and tree removal

PBOT - A visualization of what Capitol Highway will look like in 2021. This view looks north on Capitol Highway just past Barbur World Foods at the intersection with SW Brugger Street.If you're wondering when work will begin on the overhaul and upgrade of Southwest Capitol Highway from the south end of the Multnomah Bridge to Barbur Boulevard, there's an open house scheduled for the end of January at the Multnomah Arts Center to explain the project.

There was a more intimate gathering in early December for volunteers who have been keeping this $25 million project alive for the last several years and for people whose property will be affected.

PMG PHOTO: BILL GALLAGHER - This is how that same intersection looks today.Though the engineering plan for the project is 95% complete, it was not known at that meeting exactly what work would begin when; where it would take place; and what streets will be closed.

It's also not currently known how many trees will be cut down along Capitol Highway. "We're still working on the schedule (for cutting down trees) with the contractor," Hannah Schafer of the Portland Bureau of Transportation wrote in an email. "That will be part of the (January) open house."

The project will do more than just replace an uneven walking trail with sidewalks and bike lanes, it also will bring antiquated stormwater and sewer systems into the 21st century. As such, it's a joint effort of the Transportation Bureau, the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Water Bureau.

According to the Transportation Bureau, the open house planned for Thursday, Jan. 30, at the Multnomah Arts Center, "will be the best opportunity to learn about and discuss construction details with the city and construction contractor."

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