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Old Town street closures begin this weekend

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Old Town will be shut down to drivers on weekend nights starting Friday.

The Portland City Council voted to start a pilot program that will close certain streets in the Old Town entertainment district to drivers during periods of high pedestrian traffic.

It was originally set to begin Jan. 4, but the city bumped it up a week to Dec. 28.

Northwest Couch and Davis streets between Northwest Second and Fourth avenues, along with Northwest Third between Everett and Burnside, will be closed to cars on Fridays, Saturdays and major holidays from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. starting Dec. 28.

Streets and sidewalks will be established as pedestrian-only, with the exception of defined taxi and pedicab zones.

Police pushed for the move, saying they receive a number of calls for help in that area and it typically involves a car versus a pedestrian incident.

Cars will be towed if you park within the boundaries of the street closure, and the closest parking to bars within the program's perimeter will be blocks away.

That concerned some local business owners and bar patrons leading up to the council's decision.

The pilot program will be reviewed after 90 days.

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