PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Travel on Interstate 84 that was interrupted starting Friday night as construction crews built two new MAX bridges and new tracks, reopened early Sunday.
The closure was required for work to continue on the regional transit agency’s A Better Red MAX Extension and Reliability Project. The work required that a stretch of I-84 between westbound Exit 9 and eastbound Exit 6 be shut down to allow crews the space needed to place the concrete deck for a new MAX light rail bridge under construction near Gateway Green Park, less than a quarter mile north of the Gateway Transit Center.
According to ODOT, the new tracks will help to reduce delays in both directions. Currently, trains need to wait for oncoming trains to pass before proceeding, but that won’t be the case anymore.
With the Gateway Transit Center serving MAX Blue, Green and Red lines, helping Red Line trains move more efficiently will also keep trains on time elsewhere in the system.
The Portland Tribune contributed to this report.