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Traffic Advisory: Bridge Pedal will impact Sunday morning traffic

(August 6, 2015) - The annual Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday morning, August 9  involves 11 Willamette River bridges and the streets connecting them to accommodate thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians taking part in the event. It’s the first time that Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, will be crossed during 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 and nearby roads before, during and immediately after the event.  All bridges should be fully reopened by noon. Sunday afternoon following Bridge Pedal, TriMet and the City of Portland will host a free public event to walk, run or bike across Tilikum Crossing. Motorized traffic in the area of Tilikum Crossing should be alert to large crowds between 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.

The Morrison and St. Johns bridges will be open to motorized traffic in both directions at all times.  

The following information applies to motorized traffic on Portland bridges on August 9 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 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The Marquam Bridge (Interstate 5) will be closed to northbound (upper deck) traffic from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic (except TriMet buses) from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • The Morrison Bridge will remain open in both directions.  Two eastbound lanes and the eastbound offramp from the bridge to SE Water Ave. will be closed from 6 a.m. to 8:30 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 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.   MAX trains will operate on the Steel Bridge.
  • The Broadway Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 4 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • Fremont Bridge (Interstate 405) will be closed to southbound (upper deck) traffic from 4 a.m. until noon, with access by bicyclists ending at 11:30 a.m.
  • The St. Johns Bridge will be open in both directions during the day but closed from Saturday night at 9 p.m. until 4 a.m. on Sunday for maintenance.

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

  • I-5 and I-405: During the temporary Marquam Bridge closure (from 4 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. The north and southbound ramps from I-5 to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 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.
  • All southbound lanes of I-5 and all northbound lanes of I-405 will remain open at all times.
  • The ramp from NW Couch St. and NW 16th Ave. to I-405 southbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from SW Taylor St. and SW 13th Ave. to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from SW Montgomery St. and SW 13th Ave. to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from SW 5th Ave. to I-405 southbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from I-405 southbound to U.S. 30 westbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • The Greeley Ave. off ramp from I-5 north will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • North Going Street to I-5 south will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • The Broadway on ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • Access to I-84 will be open from I-5 southbound as well as from the Morrison Bridge.
  • North Cook Street and North Kerby access to the top deck of the Fremont Bridge will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • Starting at 4 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 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from U.S. 26 eastbound (Ross Island Bridge) to U.S. 99E southbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
  • The ramp from SE Woodward St. to Ross Island Bridge westbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • 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 9:30 a.m.
  • U.S. 30: From 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. the ramp from U.S. 30 eastbound to I-405 southbound will be closed.  The ramp being closed is NW Bridge Ave. between the bridge and U.S. 30 eastbound.
  • The ramp from U.S. 30 Bypass westbound (St. Johns Bridge) to U.S. 30 eastbound will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to noon. 

Portland streets will also be affected on Sunday morning, including:

  • SW Naito Parkway will be closed in both directions between SW Jefferson to NW Davis.  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 to southbound traffic from SE Schiller to SE Ellis.
  • SE Clay will be closed to traffic west of SE Martin Luther King with access for local traffic only to SE Water and OMSI.

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, 9-Powell Blvd, 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd., 14-Hawthorne, 15-Belmont/NW 23rd, 17-Holgate/Broadway, 19-Woodstock/Glisan, 20-Burnside/Stark, 33-McLoughlin, 35-Macadam/Greeley, 44-Capitol Hwy/Mocks Crest, 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, 56-Scholls Ferry Rd, 70-12th /NE 33rd Ave, 72-Killingsworth/82nd and 77-Broadway/Halsey.  Signs will direct riders to nearby and temporary stops for buses affected by detours. Check before you go at trimet.org(link is external).

The Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Steel drawbridges will not open for river traffic between 6 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

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. TriMet maintains the Tilikum Crossing. Union Pacific Railroad maintains the Steel Bridge.

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