238th Drive project area map
238th Drive project area

Project Information:

  • Location: NE 238th Drive, between Arata and Oregon St. (see location map)
  • Schedule: The road is closed from April 1 until early November 2021
  • Estimated Cost: $9.1 million
  • Funding Source: Multnomah County will provide about $1.5 million and ODOT’s Statewide Transportation Improvement Program will provide the balance of the project funds. 

Project Description:

This project will make it easier for trucks to navigate the curve on this section of 238th. It will also improve access for other modes of transportation, including pedestrians and bicyclists.

The improved road will include:

  • A 14-foot southbound (uphill) lane with a 12-foot passing lane

  • A 15-foot northbound lane

  • 10-foot shared paths for walking and biking on both sides

  • Improved drainage and vegetation

  • As few property impacts as possible

The project is a top priority in the East Metro Connections Plan. It was identified by a consensus of the four East County cities and Multnomah County.  The plan was adopted by the four city councils, the Metro Council, and the Multnomah County Board.

The road currently has no bike lanes and just a narrow sidewalk on one side. The improvements will create an opportunity to improve all modes of transportation and improve access to adjacent businesses.

The current road is also difficult for freight. Many trucks are restricted here. The changes will allow trucks to connect more easily between US26 and I-84. Improved freight movement on 238th will help balance truck traffic between the four I-84 exits in East County.

238th Project Fact Sheet English & Spanish 8-1-2021. (934.07 KB)

Traffic Plan during Construction

Alternate routes during 238th Drive closure.

238th Drive will be closed to all through traffic except for pedestrians and bicyclists between Arata Road and NE Oregon Street from April 1 until early October during construction. Through traffic will be detoured to nearby arterial streets including Glisan Street, Cherry Park Road, Halsey Street, 257th Drive. and 223rd Ave.  A shared path is open on the west side of the road for bicyclists and pedestrians during the project.  

Design Concept

At a February 2018 public meeting the project team presented three design concepts for the cross section (or width) of NE 238th Drive.  They vary in widths and include different features.

Based on public feedback and engineering judgment, the typical section of the roadway will look like this:

Document Library

For traffic information and public presentations, visit the project's Document Library.


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