Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Stark Street culvert work goes overtime in Gresham

Crews worked on Oct. 6, to install a culvert over Beaver Creek on Southeast Stark Street in Gresham. (

Contractors continue to work on the culvert over a creek that washed out a portion of Southeast Stark Street near Mt. Hood Community College in Gresham.

Stark has been closed between Troutdale Road and Corbeth Lane since late June. This closed road has been an issue for residents and some business in east county and originally was scheduled to open October 6. Weather delayed paving and the target open date has been pushed back two times, according to Mike Pullen of Multnomah County. Crews have now completed the paving part of the project and officials hope to have the road open by the end of the week. Watch this space for updates.

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DAMASCAS 6:20 a.m.; A crash has closed OR 212 both east and west bound west of Tong Road. Oregon State Police are searching for one driver who fled the scene. Expect this to be an extended closure. Detour is Southeast Sunnyside Road to 172nd Avenue.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are asked to use the south sidewalk of the Broadway Bridge on Wednesday as crews will close the north sidewalk on the span intermittently on Wednesday to remove heavy bridge parts above the walkway.

An open house for the Northeast 69th Avenue (formerly 227th Avenue) bridge replacement project will be 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 18 at Orenco Elementary School, 7050 NW Birch St., Hillsboro.

The open house, sponsored by Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation, will provide the public with information on design options under consideration for replacement of the bridge between Quatama and Fir streets.

The 69th Avenue bridge was weight limited in September 2016, with traffic reduced to one lane. The $3.5 million project is funded through the Washington County Road Fund and the city of Hillsboro.

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