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Friday in Portland: TriMet construction closing I-84 in both directions at I-205 this weekend

Emily Scarvie

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(PORTLAND, Ore.) Hello Portlanders! It's Friday, Jan. 6 - Here's your daily round up of all the news happening in the City of Roses.

1. TriMet construction closing I-84 in both directions at I-205 this weekend

Starting Friday night and ending early Sunday morning, Interstate 84 will close in both directions at the Interstate 205 interchange for construction on TriMet’s A Better Red MAX reliability and extension project. TriMet’s MAX improvements include two new bridges, an additional set of tracks, a new track crossing, a Red Line station platform and a multi-use path near the Gateway Transit Center.

The closures will begin at 10 p.m. on Friday and end at 4 a.m. on Sunday. I-84 west will close at I-205 (Exit 9) and travelers can use I-205 south as an alternative route. I-84 east will close at Exit 6. The Northeast 102nd Avenue on-ramp to I-84 west and I-84 east off-ramp (Exit 7) will also be closed.

2. PPB releases photos of bank arson suspect, $25K reward being offered for information

After a suspected arson at a southeast Portland Bank of America on New Year’s Eve, Portland police are offering a $25,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction. Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the fire at Southeast 37th and Hawthorne shortly after 3 a.m. and found smoke in the building’s front door. Crews worked on the blaze from inside the building. The basement was not affected.

The Portland Police Bureau, along with the United States Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the FBI is investigating the incident. PPB released surveillance photos of the suspect earlier this week.

Anyone with information on the person or the case is asked to contact PPB Detective Meredith Hopper at Meredith.Hopper@police.portlandoregon.gov or call the PF&R Fire Investigation Unit’s tip line, 503-823- FIRE (3473) - reference PPB case number 22-345266 and PF&R case number 22-136888.

3. Oregon was second in U.S. for electric vehicle sales in 2022

Oregon had the second most electric vehicle sales in 2022, with around 1,000 EVs sold per month in the state. According to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s Climate Office, the state is poised for even more EV success in 2023.

Oregon has made major improvements to its EV charging infrastructure to support all those new EVs. In May 2022, the first phase of ODOT-funded upgrades to Oregon’s share of the West Coast Electric Highway was completed. The upgrades to the fast charger network will be completed this year, bringing faster charging options and three new stations.

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