Get ready: Cornelius Pass Road to close soon

Multnomah County

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — As the closure of Cornelius Pass Road nears, the final of 3 public meetings will be held Monday night to prepare people for the project.

The NW Cornelius Pass Road project map. (Pamplin Media Group) 

Cornelius Pass Road will be closed between Hwy 30 and NW Kaiser Road in Multnomah County beginning shortly after the 4th of July. That’s when crews will begin work on reducing curves, improving shoulders and installing new signs.

There will be many changes. Among them, a traffic light will be installed at NW Newberry and Hwy 30 since Newberry will be an alternate route for cars and pick up trucks.

Freight trucks that normally travel Cornelius Pass Road will be detoured onto nearby highways. These roads wind too much and are too narrow to be used by the freight trucks, the county said.

Nearly $6 million in state, county and federal money will be used to focus on areas along Cornelius Pass Road where there have been vehicle crashes. Sharp S-curves will be softened and shoulders will be widened in some spots.

The county decided it was better to shut down the road completely to get the work done quicker — still, it will take 11 weeks — but finding ways for 13,000 vehicles a day to make detours is a challenge.

“We’re going to put a lot of traffic on side roads that are steep and winding. That’s a concern,” said Mike Pullen with Multnomah County.

This will add between 15 minutes to 30 minutes to commute times.

The Monday night meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Westview High School cafeteria.

Public meetings are scheduled in June in Multnomah, Columbia and Washington counties to learn about the planned 11-week closure of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road this summer.

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