Northwest Cornelius Pass Road, closed to commuter traffic since July 22, scheduled to reopen Friday, Oct. 18

PMG FILE PHOTO - A truck navigates a curve on Northwest Cornelius Pass Road. The road is scheduled to reopen to traffic Friday, Oct. 18, at 5 p.m. following a months-long closure to implement safety improvements.

Northwest Cornelius Pass Road will reopen to traffic between Highway 30 and Northwest Germantown Road in Washington County around 5 p.m. today, Friday, Oct. 18 after a 13-week closure for construction of safety improvements, Multnomah County announced via a press release Friday. Motorists are asked to use detour routes until the road fully reopens at 5 p.m. due to ongoing afternoon improvements on the north end of the road.

Per Multnomah County, safety improvements completed by contractor Wildish Standard Paving during the closure include:

> A realigned curve at Northwest 8th Avenue

> Removal of a rock face in the S curves north of Skyline Boulevard and installation of netting to prevent rocks from falling on the road

> Signage and sight distance improvements on the curves south of Plainview Road

> Signage and sight distance improvements and shoulder widening at the Kaiser Road intersection

> Installation of permanent safety signs

> Installation of several thousand feet of guardrail

> Creation of four new vehicle pullouts

> Shoulder repairs to prevent dropoffs

The closure also allowed road maintenance crews from Multnomah and Washington counties to repaint lane stripes, remove hazard trees, repair potholes, clean and replace signs, trim vegetation and clear drainage ditches before the wet season.

In summer 2020, two safety improvements will be completed between Highway 30 and Northwest Skyline Boulevard. Those include:

> Realignment and repaving of the S curves

> Replacement of a culvert under the road near Northwest 8th Avenue

To complete the project in summer 2020, a closure of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road will be needed between Highway 30 and Northwest Skyline Boulevard only. The section of Cornelius Pass Road south of Skyline will not need to closed, the press release states

Friday night, the temporary traffic signal on the project's detour route at Highway 30 and Northwest Newberry Road will be turned off and covered. The signal will be turned on again next summer when work resumes on Northwest Cornelius Pass Road.

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