Traffic Advisory: A smoother, safer street is coming to SE Hawthorne Boulevard 

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Portland Bureau of Transportation

News media contact:
Hannah Schafer


Traffic Advisory:

A smoother, safer street is coming to SE Hawthorne Boulevard 

With construction on 180 curb ramps nearly complete, paving begins Monday, June 14

A rendering of SE Hawthorne Boulevard in a three-lane configuration with median islands and a center turn lane.

A rendering of SE Hawthorne Boulevard in a three-lane configuration with median islands and a center turn lane.

(June 10, 2021) - Construction continues on SE Hawthorne Boulevard as the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) paving crews begin work from SE 24th Avenue to César E. Chávez Boulevard. Work will begin on Monday, June 14 and will continue for about 6 weeks. This is the first of two paving phases; the next phase will repave César E. Chávez Boulevard to SE 50th Avenue. PBOT crews will also restripe SE Hawthorne Boulevard from SE 22nd to SE 24th avenues to transition lanes to the new configuration.

In total, PBOT crews will grind down and replace two inches of asphalt on 4.7 lane miles of pavement. In the months immediately following paving, PBOT will build refuge islands, marked crosswalks, and add street lighting to improve crossing safety for pedestrians and people biking on this high crash corridor.

Hawthorne Pave and Paint construction timeline overview.

A timeline overview of Hawthorne Pave and Paint construction from June through November 2021.

Construction Impacts

Area residents and businesses should expect rough road conditions, intermittent lane closures, and traffic delays up to 20 minutes between 5 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays, with some weekend work. This may limit access at times for business deliveries. Parking will be restricted 1-2 days before crews begin and throughout the street repair. 

Expect dust, noise, vibrations, and heavy equipment on SE Hawthorne Boulevard and side streets. As always, please keep our crews safe by following all traffic control signs and flaggers while travelling through or near work zones. 

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel slowly and cautiously in our work zones, observe all detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

Travel information: One travel lane in each direction will be maintained during paving. People driving may want to use alternative routes such as SE Division and Belmont. 

Pedestrians: Sidewalk access will be maintained for pedestrians for the duration of the project, with occasional impacts to street corners as curb ramp construction is completed.

People biking: People biking are advised to use the Salmon and Lincoln-Harrison Greenways as alternate routes. Plan your ride using PBOT's interactive citywide bike map at

People riding transit: Please visit for the latest bus service impacts.

PBOT will provide periodic updates throughout construction. To sign up for construction updates, visit

Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we complete this work.   


Special note regarding COVID-19 and construction work

PBOT has been in modified operations since March 17, 2020 and has implemented specific measures to ensure the safety of our crews and contractors. This includes modifications based on current guidelines from local, state, and federal health officials. Thank you for giving our crews the space and time they need to keep our city moving.

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