Broadway Bridge to close for weeklong repairs

 

The Broadway Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles for the week starting shortly after midnight Monday.

The bridge closure is expected to last until no later than 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 16. The bridge sidewalks will remain open.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation said the bridge closure is needed for deck repairs to be completed along the Portland Streetcar tracks on the bridge lift span. A streetcar contractor will complete the repairs.

During the closure, a contractor working for Multnomah County will complete installation of scaffolding and containment for painting the westernmost bridge span this month.

Currently, the bridge is down to two traffic lanes due to the painting project. The streetcar repairs will require closing the two lanes that have been open this summer.

During the closure, the Northwest Lovejoy ramp at the west end of the bridge will remain open for traffic to access the Northwest Broadway ramp to Old Town and downtown.

TriMet's 17-Holgate/Broadway bus route will detour to the Steel Bridge during the closure.

Central Loop (CL) Streetcar service will remain closed during this work. Central Loop service will resume on both sides of the river on Aug. 17.

Alternate river crossings open to motor vehicles include the Burnside, Fremont and Steel bridges.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. Multnomah County and PBOT asks the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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