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Dylan Rivera

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Traffic Alert: PBOT has opened a third travel lane on North Going Street Bridge, thanks to quick fixes to bridge deck that was damaged in Union Pacific derailment

News media contact:

Dylan Rivera
Portland Bureau of Transportation
503-823-3723
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov
@PBOTinfo

(Sept. 15, 2019) As of 4:00 p.m. today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has opened a third lane for travel on the North Going Street Bridge, a crucial freight connection that was damaged by a Union Pacific Railroad derailment last weekend.

This creates a second westbound lane to give vehicles faster access to the island and reduce congestion that has affected North Greeley Avenue and Interstate Avenue during peak periods.

PBOT crews closed the bridge to all traffic on Saturday, Sept. 7, the day of the crash, and reopened one lane in each direction on Sunday, the day after the crash.

Map of Going St Bridge

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

PBOT News Blog: PBOT to open a third travel lane on North Going Street Bridge next week, thanks to quick fixes to bridge deck that was damaged in Union Pacific derailment

Map of bridge

PBOT deploys crews to patch deck, gathers contractors for heavy work

News media contact:

Dylan Rivera
Portland Bureau of Transportation
503-823-3723
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov
@PBOTinfo

(Sept. 13, 2019) Structural engineers, maintenance workers and contractors for the Portland Bureau of Transportation have been tackling short-term and long-term fixes for the North Going Street Bridge, a crucial freight connection that was damaged by a Union Pacific Railroad derailment last weekend.

PBOT crews closed the bridge to all traffic on Saturday, Sept. 7, the day of the crash, and reopened one lane in each direction on Sunday, the day after the crash.

Early next week, PBOT anticipates opening a third travel lane on the bridge. This will create a second westbound lane, to give vehicles faster access to the island and reducing congestion that has affected North Greeley Avenue and Interstate Avenue during peak periods.

The third lane will be open, thanks to work this week by PBOT maintenance crews that repaired a section of the bridge deck, using jackhammers to remove concrete from the 89-year old bridge, and pouring new concrete on Thursday. PBOT engineers had found on Sunday that the deck was damaged in the derailment.

The third lane is expected to be available starting sometime the week of Sept. 16, but it is not certain exactly when. PBOT will provide a traffic advisory when it is open.

Other developments in the bridge repair include:

  • Union Pacific Railroad officials ask travelers to stay off of North River Street, a private street that runs through the company's Albina Yard. PBOT posted signs on the road as a detour route in the hours after the crash, but the narrow, private road cannot handle large volumes of traffic and some travelers got lost on private property this week in the area.
  • It may be several months before PBOT crews are able to open more lanes for traffic on the bridge. This weekend, Union Pacific is halting rail operations adjacent to the bridge column that was most severely damaged in the crash, so PBOT crews and contractors can safely dig around the base of the column for further inspection. Engineers are hoping to learn whether the footings and pilings that support the column were damaged.
  • PBOT staff are in contact with Swan Island stakeholders to hear their concerns and identify ways traffic can be managed in the coming weeks. Interested parties can sign up for email or text message alerts for updates.

 

PBOT crews repaired a damaged section of bridge deck this week, making it possible to open a third lane on the bridge next week

 PBOT crew works on bridge deck

PBOT crew works on bridge deck

 PBOT crew works on bridge deck

 

Meanwhile, below the bridge, PBOT engineers gathered a team from engineering firm KPFF and construction contractor Cascade Bridge LLC to inspect damage to bridge columns, identify more information needed, and start to consider options for long-term repairs

PBOT crew works under bridge deck

PBOT crew works under bridge 

 

View these and more photos and videos on
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Two lanes currently available on the busy bridge

As of 2:30 p.m. on Sunday Sept. 8, crews had opened two travel lanes on the North Going Street Bridge.

Travelers are directed to the north side of the bridge, where one lane in each direction is open. A multiuse path that provides bicycle and pedestrian access on the north side of the bridge is also open. The bridge normally has three travel lanes open in each direction.

The North Going Street Bridge provides the only public street access to Swan Island, a key location for industrial employers, with hundreds of workers and significant freight traffic.

The bridge has an estimated 35,000 vehicle trips a day (both directions combined), making it one of the busiest bridges in the region. By comparison, the Hawthorne Bridge has about 33,000 trips a day and the Morrison has about 52,000 trips a day.

 

Derailment, crash and response

On Saturday, Sept. 7, Union Pacific locomotives pulling tank cars crashed into columns that support the bridge. There are no known injuries from the crash.

PBOT structural engineers assessed the scene on Sept. 7, and again the next day. After the train wreckage was removed, engineers could access more of the bridge on Sunday, Sept. 8, for further structural evaluation and damage assessment.

The northern side of the bridge does not appear to be damaged, but damage to other parts of the bridge was found on Sunday to be worse than initially thought. A second support column was damaged, and damage to the bridge deck was also discovered.

Further inspections will take place in coming days, which may include taking core samples and removing parts of the structure and surrounding soils to gain a better understanding of the extent of the damage.

 

Sign up here for email or text message updates about the repairs to the North Going Street Bridge and access to Swan Island

 

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Release: Safer, more accessible crossings and smoother pavement coming to N Williams Avenue thanks to Fixing Our Streets

N Williams Avenue under construction

PBOT-contracted crews have begun updating curb ramps on N Williams Avenue between Stanton and Cook to meet modern ADA requirements. These improvements will increase access and provide safety for people crossing N Williams Avenue and traveling along the corridor. Photo by Briana Orr, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Fixing Our Streets Logo

(Sept. 13, 2019) Smooth streets and safer crossings are coming to North Portland as crews with the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) begin work on the N Williams Avenue (Stanton to Cook) paving project, funded by Fixing Our Streets, a voter-approved 10-cent gas tax for fixing streets and making them safer. 

PBOT crews have already begun work on N Williams Avenue and will wrap up by the end of the year, weather permitting.

N Williams paving map

The Project

PBOT-contracted crews will grind down existing pavement and replace it, improve pedestrian crossings, and upgrade nine curb ramps to meet modern ADA requirements. These improvements will increase access and provide safety for people crossing N Williams Avenue and traveling along the corridor. 

PBOT’s work will require partial, intermittent closures at intersections as well as a full weekend closure this fall. During the weekend closure, people driving will be detoured to N Kerby Avenue and people biking will be detoured to NE Rodney Avenue. Lane closures allow crews to safely and efficiently grind and pave the four blocks of this important corridor.

Sidewalks will remain open throughout construction. PBOT crews will also ensure that residents and area businesses have access to their homes and properties throughout construction.

PBOT encourages Portlanders who live, work, or travel on N Williams Avenue in this area to sign up for updates on all detours and closures. Go to: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/williams

During construction, PBOT asks the public to travel with caution, observe all detours and directions provided by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes whenever possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

Project Budget

The total budget for the N Williams Avenue paving project is $620,000. Funding for this project was made possible by Fixing Our Streets, a voter-approved 10-cent gas tax for fixing streets and making them safer. Fixing Our Streets is the first local funding source in the city’s history dedicated exclusively to transportation needs. To learn about the wide range of projects funded through Fixing Our Streets and benefitting all of Portland go to: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/fixingourstreets

For more information, go to our project website and sign up for email or text updates:

www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/williams

Or contact:

Briana Orr, Capital Projects Planner

(503) 823-7566  |   briana.orr@portlandoregon.gov

Fixing Our Streets Banner

PBOT Traffic Advisory: Crews open two lanes on North Going Street Bridge, with one lane of traffic each direction to Swan Island, as evaluation of damage from train crash continues

(Sept. 8, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that as of 2:30 p.m. today, crews have opened two travel lanes on the North Going Street Bridge, which was closed on Saturday morning after a train crashed into bridge support columns.

Travelers are directed to the north side of the bridge, where one lane in each direction is open. A multiuse path that provides bicycle and pedestrian access on the north side of the bridge is also open. A detour route that was used over the weekend on N River Street -- a narrow, private street -- has been removed. The public should not use River Street any longer.

The North Going Street Bridge provides the only public street access to Swan Island, a key location for industrial employers, with hundreds of workers and significant freight traffic.

The public is advised to use caution. Expect significant congestion and travel delays in the area. The bridge normally has three travel lanes in each direction.

Structural engineers continue to investigate and assess the bridge damage. There is no timeline for when the other lanes may be reopened. It could take weeks or months to repair the bridge.

The bridge was closed on Saturday morning, after a Union Pacific train derailed and crashed into concrete columns that support the bridge.

Going Street Bridge

North Going Street Bridge provides the only public access to Swan Island, a key industrial area in North Portland. Mpa by Portland Bureau of Transportation and Google Maps.

Union Pacific locomotives pulling tank cars crashed into columns that support the bridge. There are no known injuries from the crash.

PBOT structural engineers assessed the scene on Saturday, and again on Sunday morning. After the train wreckage was removed, engineers could access more of the bridge on Sunday for further structural evaluation and damage assessment.

The northern side of the bridge does not appear to be damaged, but damage to other parts of the bridge was found on Sunday to be worse than initially thought. A second support column was damaged, and damage to the bridge deck was also discovered.

Further inspections will take place in coming days, which may include taking core samples and removing parts of the structure and surrounding soils to gain a better understanding of the extent of the damage.

 

Sign up here for email updates about the repairs to the North Going Street Bridge and access to Swan Island

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Traffic Advisory Update: Additional paving on W Burnside Street at 18th and 19th avenues rescheduled for Wednesday night

(Sept. 9, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises that night paving on W Burnside Street was postponed on Sunday due to rain and has been rescheduled to the evening of Wednesday, Sept. 11.

Work will begin at 10 p.m. Wednesday night, allowing Portland Thorns fans time to leave Providence Park after the match vs. North Carolina. Paving will be completed by 6 a.m. Thursday. 


 

(Sept. 5, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises that night paving on W Burnside will continue on Sunday evening, Sept. 8. Work will begin at 9 p.m. and will be completed by 6 a.m. on Monday morning. Crews have completed paving on the outer lanes of W Burnside, and will now pave the two innermost lanes. 

w burnside paving

A freshly paved lane on W Burnside, looking west. Photo by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Nearby residents can expect construction noise and people driving can expect significant delays on West Burnside between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. One outer lane in each direction will remain open on W Burnside. Sidewalks will remain open for people walking. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

The night work is necessary to ensure crews can work in a safe and efficient manner without closing down this critical transportation corridor during the day. West Burnside is a difficult location for road work and PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses as we work to wrap up this construction project.

Following this night work, crews will test and active the new traffic signals and install remaining concrete islands during regular working hours. 

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

These improvements are part of the West Burnside Multimodal Project, one of a series of safety improvements PBOT is making along the corridor. For more information or to sign up for e-updates, visit our project webpage

w burnside before and after rendering