Repaving projects slow I-84, Mill Plain Blvd.

Interstate 84 backs up Monday night as the interstate's repaving contractor opts to close down a section from Interstate 5 to around the 37th Street exit July 29, 2013. (KOIN 6 News, Jonathan Simmons)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Two major Portland-area thoroughfares were clogged Monday night as a result of paving-related projects.

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FILE – ODOT crews repave westbound Interstate 84 in Portland, Ore., on Sunday, July 21, 2013. (KOIN 6 News)

In Portland, Interstate 84 drivers were caught off guard Monday night when the interstate’s repaving project contractor shut down two eastbound lanes. The lanes were closed from Interstate 5 to around the 37th Street exit as of 11 p.m. Tuesday night.

The Oregon Department of Transportation told KOIN 6 News the contractor does have permission to do a full night closure. The lanes are expected to re-open before the morning commute.

A full weekend closure — the last of three — will start on westbound I-84 at 11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3. It will continue through 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 5. All westbound lanes will be closed for sign installation and restriping.

“In addition to the weekend closures,” ODOT reported, “the contractor is allowed to use, if needed, up to four full weeknight closures of I‐84 — two in each direction, one direction at a time — and night-time single lane closures to complete the work.”

A variety of east-west alternate routes are available during the closures, including Lombard Street, Columbia Boulevard, Sandy Boulevard, Burnside Street and Powell Boulevard. ODOT is encouraging motorists to plan ahead and map out an alternate route in advance.

In Washington state, Mill Plain Boulevard from Interstate 205 to 136th is down to one lane until 6 a.m. Tuesday morning. The Mill Plain closure started at 9 p.m. Monday. The same thing will also happen for the next three nights, also due to repaving.

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