Here’s a traffic alert issued by the city of Portland this week:
Starting Sunday night, August 5th, final paving will begin on outer Congress Street, starting at Stevens Avenue and continuing to Johnson Road. The paving is expected to take four to five nights, weather dependent. As a result of this work, traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction between the hours of 7 p.m. and 7 a.m. On-street parking will be prohibited while work is underway. Motorists are urged to seek alternate routes and as always, watch out for workers, bicyclists, and pedestrians in the work zones.
Temporary pavement markings will be in place until the paving is completed. Final pavement markings will take up to a week to complete and is highly dependent on the weather.
The added context here is that, with this final layer of pavement and the striping work on top of it, the proposed changes to Outer Congress long mulled over by the city and discussed in neighborhood forums will be made permanent.