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501 SE Hawthorne Blvd., Suite 600
Portland Oregon 97214

Multnomah County

Bridge Pedal will impact Sunday morning traffic

Friday, 8/10/12 - 8:43 am
Contacts: 

Mike Pullen, Multnomah County, (503) 209-4111

mike.j.pullen@multco.us

Don Hamilton, ODOT, (503) 731-8265

Don.B.Hamilton@odot.state.or.us

Cheryl Kuck, City of Portland, (503) 577-8236

cheryl.kuck@portlandoregon.gov

Roberta Altstadt,TriMet, (503) 962-5669

altstadr@trimet.org

The annual Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday morning, August 12 involves ten Willamette River bridges and the streets connecting them to accommodate thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians taking part in the event.

 The event requires some changes in how motorists get around the city, especially when crossing the Willamette River.  Bridge sidewalks remain open during the event but all travelers should expect delays on all Portland bridges before, during and immediately after the event.

The St. Johns Bridge will be open to vehicular traffic in both directions.  

The following information applies to Portland bridges on Sunday, August 12 during Bridge Pedal. Times are approximate:

  • The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to westbound traffic from 5:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.
  • The Ross Island Bridge will be closed to westbound traffic from 4:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.
  • The Marquam Bridge (Interstate 5) will be closed to northbound (upper deck) traffic from 4:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic (except TriMet buses) from 5:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • The Morrison Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 8 a.m.
  • The Burnside Bridge will be closed to westbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • The Steel Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 5:45 a.m. until 10 a.m.   MAX trains will operate on the Steel Bridge.
  • The Broadway Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • The Fremont Bridge (Interstate 405) will be closed to southbound (upper deck) traffic from 3 a.m. until noon, with access by bicyclists ending at 11:30 a.m.
  • The St. Johns Bridge will close one lane in each direction (with one lane remaining open in each direction) from 6 a.m. to noon.

Bridge Pedal will also require traffic changes on several state highways and Portland streets Sunday morning, including:

I-5 and I-405: During the temporary Marquam Bridge closure (from 4:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.) motorists approaching the Marquam Bridge from I-5 northbound will be routed to I-405 northbound, across the lower deck of the Fremont Bridge, back to I-5 northbound.

All southbound lanes of I-5 and all northbound lanes of I-405 will remain open at all times.

North Going Street to I-5 south will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon.

The Greeley Ave. off ramp from I-5 north will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon.

The Broadway on ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon.

All southbound lanes of I-405 will be closed between I-5 at the north end of the Fremont Bridge to the Marquam Bridge.  Motorists traveling to I-405 southbound from I-5 southbound will continue on I-5 southbound across the lower deck of the Marquam Bridge to I-405 northbound. All on- and off-ramps to northbound I-405 will remain open through downtown Portland.

Access to I-84 will be open from I-5 southbound as well as from the Morrison Bridge.

North Cook Street to the top deck of the Fremont Bridge will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon.

Starting at 5 a.m., motorists traveling eastbound on U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) to I-405 southbound will take northbound I-405 across the Fremont Bridge to southbound I-5. This detour will remain until noon.

Oregon Highway 43 (SW Macadam Ave.): Starting at 6 a.m., one northbound lane of SW Macadam Ave. will close from the Sellwood Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge, with some delays accessing areas east of SW Macadam Ave. All lanes on Macadam Ave. are expected to reopen by noon.

Oregon Highway 99E (McLoughlin Boulevard): Starting at 6 a.m., one southbound lane of McLoughlin Boulevard will close from the Milwaukie Avenue off-ramp to SE Mill St. All lanes on McLoughlin are expected to be open by noon.

U.S. 30: Starting at 6 a.m., the right lane of U.S. 30 eastbound will be closed between the St. Johns Bridge and NW Kittridge Avenue.  All lanes on U.S. 30 are expected to be open by noon.

NW Naito Parkway will be closed in both directions between SW Clay to SW Ash.  Northbound NW Naito Parkway will also be closed from NW Davis at Steel Bridge to NW 15th Ave.  Southbound traffic on NW Naito will reopen before northbound.

N Willamette / N Greeley will be closed to southbound traffic from N Richmond to N Interstate.

N Ivanhoe / N Leavitt / N Charleston / N Princeton will be closed to traffic from N Richmond to N Philadelphia.

N Interstate will be closed to northbound traffic between N Oregon to N Greeley.  Expect delays at Greeley.

SE Milwaukie will be closed in both directions from SE Schiller to SE Ramona.

SE Clay will be closed to traffic west of SE Martin Luther King with access for local traffic only to SE Water and OMSI.

The Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Steel drawbridges will not open for river traffic between 5 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

TriMet buses and MAX trains may experience delays downtown during the event. 

The following bus lines will have minor detours from 5 a.m. until the event concludes: 4-Division/Fessenden, 6-Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd, 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th Ave, 9-Powell/Broadway, 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd, 14-Hawthorne, 15-Belmont/NW 23rd Ave, 17-Holgate/NW 21st Ave, 19-Woodstock/Glisan, 20-Burnside/Stark, 33-McLoughlin, 35-Macadam/Greeley, 44-Capitol Highway/Mocks Crest, 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, 56-Scholls Ferry Rd, 70-12th Ave, 72-Killingsworth/82nd Ave, 73-NE 33rd Ave and 77-Broadway/Halsey.  Signs will direct riders to nearby and temporary stops for buses affected by reroutes.

The Oregon Department of Transportation maintains the Fremont, Marquam, Ross Island and St. Johns bridges.  Multnomah County maintains the Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Sellwood bridges.   The Union Pacific Railroad maintains the Steel Bridge.

For Bridge Pedal information, visit www.providence.org/bridgepedal.

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