Hazelwood MAX station rehab continues

When will that TriMet MAX Light Rail station on 122nd Avenue – at East Burnside Street – reopen? Take a look …

Starting in December, crews working in outer East Portland began breaking up concrete and pavement, as the renovation began of the Hazelwood neighborhood TriMet MAX Light Rail 122nd Avenue station.

Story and photos by David F. Ashton

Starting in December, TriMet began the process of rebuilding the MAX Light Rail station, first opened on September 5, 1986, at 122nd Avenue at East Burnside Street.

Acknowledging that this was the first line in today’s MAX system, TriMet spokesperson Roberta Altstadt said, “TriMet is reinvesting in the system, making improvements to both tracks and stations, to increase on-time performance and to enhance the customer experience.

These workers are removing old lighting, and replacing the fixtures with brighter, more-energy-efficient luminaires.

“As part of our efforts to make our transit service better, we are renovating 14 of our oldest Blue Line stations, including the 122nd Ave Station,” Altstadt told East Portland News.

Progress continues, as the original MAX light rail stations are being refurbished.

In addition to “deep cleaning”, painting, and surface repairs, the months-long renovation at this station includes:

  • Improved shelters
  • Larger windscreens
  • Updated lighting and security cameras
  • New signs and digital TransitTracker displays

As MAX riders have found, temporary platforms were in the left turn lanes on East Burnside Street on both the east and west side of 122nd Avenue.

Drivers should remember that East Burnside Street, both east and west, is closed from 122nd Avenue during construction days.

And, if you haven’t driven through the area, construction is affecting turns on both 122nd Avenue and Burnside Street. Also, Burnside is closed off at that intersection, during weekday daytime hours.

“We expect the new station to reopen in June,” Altstadt said.

Here’s an artist’s conception of how these newly refurbished MAX stations will look. TriMet image

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