Due to a significant gas pipeline explosion in Canada, all asphalt plants in the Portland Metro Area were shut-down this morning by NW Natural Gas. Paving crews were unable to receive enough asphalt, which has impacted the paving schedule for 1st, 7th, 8th and 9th Streets, and D Avenue. Crews were originally scheduled to pave today through Friday, but this is on hold as it is unknown when the asphalt plants will be reopened and producing asphalt.
In preparation for final paving, the pavement on 7th Street between C and D Avenue, and 8th and 9th Streets between D and E Avenues, was milled and removed yesterday. The rough subgrade of the road is exposed, and any traffic on it will disturb the subgrade material (shown below). Due to the asphalt delay, these streets will remain closed to all traffic 24/7 until asphalt can be placed.
Given this unforeseen circumstance, work hours may be extended through this weekend – possibly including Sunday – to allow asphalt to be placed on these streets.
We apologize for this inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding in this situation.