June 26, 2018

To our Valued Senvoy Customers,

The Summer of Construction 2018 is upon us.  You have probably been hearing about the various projects happening around the Portland Metro Area?  As your courier service, we have been gearing up to do everything we can to minimize impact to our order transport times.

However, we want to be very realistic.  Some of the projects this summer will have a major timing impact with no alternate routes we can steer the drivers towards.  We anticipate major delays with orders moving to/from the West side and East side, and I-205 corridor to/from Vancouver.

The project that is most concerning will be the I-84 / I-5 Interchange Resurfacing Project which will close the interchanges for 7 – 10 days each direction, and will drop I-84 westbound to one lane from Lloyd Center to I-5.  Experience tells us, this will back up inbound traffic all the way to 205, if not beyond.  Our drivers will be instructed to stay off of I-84 entirely, but we anticipate the surface alternates will also be backed up, along with I-205 itself.

With this in mind, we want to alert everyone to the following anticipated possibilities:
  • On Demand Timing will likely be affected by 30 – 60 minutes per order for all service levels – Rush, 3-Hour and 1-Hour
  • Route Timing – the timing window that you normally see your driver may fluctuate within each route (A / B / C)
  • Truck services may be surcharged for additional time on the road to complete orders … we will be assessing this daily

Additionally, we will spend the first two weeks of closures assessing the actual impact to the On Demand drivers’ daily order volume.  We have to assume that the traffic may limit the actual number of orders a driver can move each day.  As you’re probably aware, the On Demand drivers are paid commission based on the price of each order, so they have to hit a certain volume to be profitable.  In order to maintain the driving team, we have to make sure they are earning enough to weather this period.  With that in mind, once we assess impact, we may find that we will need to add a temporary surcharge on orders to cover the additional travel time and lower volume of orders that can be moved per driver.

We appreciate your patience while we assess the full impact and potential costs.

Below, you will find a full listing of the construction plans, along with links to ODOT details and additional media impact coverage.  Please don’t hesitate to contact us with questions or concerns.

Looking forward to the Fall,

Jerry Brazie                                                                                    Meredith Greenwood

President                                                                                        VP of Sales / Sales Diva

and your whole Senvoy Team


I-205 Paving and Auxiliary Lanes – Johnson Creek Blvd to Glenn Jackson Bridge

http://i205construction.org/glennjacksontojohnsoncreek/about

Excellent visual of this project in link – will ultimately really improve traffic flow!

Project Hours:  24 hrs/day

Scheduled completion:  Through 2019

Reroute Options on most frequent customer requests:

Clackamas to/from Gresham – Rural connection cutting across at 172nd

Clackamas to/from Lake O - @ the Horn – 205-S to I-5 OR 224 to 43

Clackamas to/from DT – 224 to McLoughlin or 43

Clackamas to/from Westside – 224 to McLoughlin / Ross Island Bridge to 26

Clackamas to/from Airport Way OR Vancouver – no real alternates


I-84 & I-5 Interchange Resurfacing

https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=19531

https://www.pdxmonthly.com/articles/2018/6/19/portland-s-bridge-closures-will-destroy-your-july-and-august-commute#.WyxdYOJ52ZE.facebook

 

MAJOR IMPACT on ON DEMAND TIMING during construction period

Schedule - Construction June - December 2018

The following ramps will close for 24 hours a day for up to two weeks:

10 p.m. Sunday, July 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 23: I-5 southbound ramp to I-84 eastbound closed

10 p.m. Wednesday, July 25 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 6: I-84 westbound to I-5 northbound closed

10 p.m. Friday, July 27 to 5 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 2: Only one lane open on I-84 westbound from Lloyd Center to I-5. The far left lane will remain open during this period.

10 p.m. Friday, Aug. 17 to 5 a.m. Monday, Aug. 27I-84 westbound to I-5 southbound closed leaving only one lane of I-84 westbound open from Lloyd Center to I-5. The far right lane will remain open during this period.

 

 

Reroute Options:

Drivers will not be using 84 inbound at all during this period.  Surface options will typically be:

Halsey / Glisan / Powell / Sandy / Lombard

NOTE:  It is likely that all surface streets will be overloaded and slow – we will be assessing this as we go.

 


*** Maintenance crews ROCKED! their job and this is complete 3 weeks early! ***

OHSU Aerial Tram Closure 2018

http://www.gobytram.com/

https://www.oregonlive.com/expo/news/erry-2018/06/308d87d4e46980/portland_tram_to_close_for_5_w.html

 

Project Dates: June 23 – July 30 – Complete closure

While our drivers do not, of course, ride the Tram, it ferries nearly 10,000 riders a day.  Consequently, if an abundance of those riders begin driving, this will create additional traffic on the roadways up to the hospital.  We would expect an impact of 10 – 15 minutes added to trips to and from the campus.


I-205 Paving – I-5 to Abernethy Bridge West Linn

http://i205construction.org/i5toabernethybridge

Project Hours:  After 8:00 pm, wrapped by 8:00 am most days

Scheduled completion:  Fall 2018

This project will have minimal impact on day time services and we will reroute night time line haul trucks to avoid this path.