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Posted on: April 15, 2022

Congress Square Redesign Initial Construction Starting April 18

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Beginning Monday, April 18, 2022, Gordon Construction will begin the initial work of the major overhaul of Congress Square, at the intersection of Congress and High Street. This work will consist of moving materials on-site and deployment of construction signs, as well as removal of small traffic islands in the intersection. 

Phase A of the project will soon follow, including construction along the southeast corner of the intersection, temporarily impacting access to Free Street.  Scheduled to be completed by June 30, 2023, Phase A will also: fully replace the sidewalks in the intersection, add brand-new traffic signals and lighting, create a more compact, urban-friendly intersection, and provide much-needed landscaping and street trees. 

Phase B construction of this project will be announced later this year, and be followed by a construction pause in November.

Project Background
Congress Square sits in Portland’s most densely populated and diverse neighborhood. Many families, especially those without access to backyards or cars to escape the confines of the city, rely on the Square as their primary open space. Access to high quality public green space within the city is more important than ever given the rapid pace of housing development. Within the next two years, this already dense urban neighborhood will see the addition of roughly 870 new dwelling units within a 0.5 mile walk of Congress Square. These new units include a substantial amount of affordable housing, both workforce and low-income, as well as senior housing and market rate housing. This first phase of work, and Phase B to follow, will provide the kind of quality urban space needed for both residents and visitors alike.

Learn more about the Congress Square Redesign.

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