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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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Elevator Modernization Project


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smart parkBeginning in July 2018 and continuing through 2022, all elevators in Portland’s downtown SmartPark Garages will gradually be updated and modernized. Elevators will be out of service at the time of their replacement. 

The elevator modernization project aims to ensure the elevators operate more reliably and efficiently, and that they meet current standards for safety and accessibility.  

Schedule for Elevator Updates

Smart Park Garage

 Elevators Affected

Estimated dates out of service

3rd and Alder

Elevator 4 SW Corner




Elevator 5 SW Corner



1st and Jefferson

Elevator 1 NW Corner


Elevator 2 NW Corner


3rd and Alder

Elevator 1 NW Corner

Elevator 2 NE Corner

Elevator 3 SE Corner

November 2020 to January 2021

February 2020 to November 2020

January 2021 to March 2021

4th and Yamhill

Elevators 1 & 2 4th Ave Lobby

Elevator 3 3rd Ave Lobby

April 20201 to July 2021

August 2021 to October 2021

Naito and Davis

Elevators 1 & 2 Davis St Lobby

November 2021 to February 2022


Q:  What is the purpose of the project?
A:  SmartPark Garage elevators have not been upgraded since the mid-1990s, more than 20 years ago. As a result, they periodically break down.  Some elevators do not comply with current safety and accessibility standards. Not only will the new elevators meet current standards, but they will be equipped with a monitoring system that will allow immediate notification in the case of any operational problem.

Q:  How long will the elevators be out of service?
A:  It takes approximately 12 weeks to update each elevator.

Q: What is the source of funding for the Elevator Modernization Project?
A:  Revenue generated from the SmartPark Garages will finance the Elevator Modernization Project. No funding is generated through local taxes.

Q:  Some SmartPark Garages have only two elevators. When one is being modernized, what happens if the other elevator breaks down?
A:  The garage will provide van service to people with limited mobility if both elevators are out of service.  

Q:  How will people with disabilities benefit from the project?
A:  The elevators will be brought up to current ADA standards, with updated tactile, display, and physical features.

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