March 5, 2012
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Southbound I-5 exit to SW Macadam, South Waterfront, Ross Island Bridge, to close each weeknight from tonight through March 16
PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced today that southbound Interstate 5 exit 299A will close each weeknight from tonight through March 16. Nighttime closures will last from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. and are due to construction of the Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge.
Exit 299A, the US 26/Oregon 43/Macadam Avenue/Lake Oswego exit from the Marquam Bridge, is being closed at night to minimize traffic impacts and delays
Travelers are advised to follow detour signs and be cautious in work zones. Southbound I-5 traffic will be detoured toward the Morrison Bridge and onto Oregon 43/Macadam Avenue south via SW Naito Parkway, the US 26 Ross Island Bridge approach, SW Kelly Street, SW Curry Street and SW Hood Avenue. Motorists should look for the Highway 43 South detour signs and exit the freeway approximately 1.5 miles north of the closed exit.
The City of Portland and the Oregon Department of Transportation are building the 700-foot Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge over Interstate 5 to connect the historic Lair Hill neighborhood and the South Waterfront district. The bridge will be built under the Portland Aerial Tram, serve pedestrians and cyclists, and be made of painted steel with a concrete decking. It is scheduled to be completed in May 2012.
More information about the Gibbs Street Pedestrian Bridge can be found at www.gibbsbridge.org.