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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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News Release: Portland Aerial Tram Open Sunday, March 16th all day for Shamrock Run fans, along with free, fun activities for kids

(March 12, 2014) –  The Portland Aerial Tram will be open Sunday, March 16, 2014 from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. to allow for improved access to Marquam Hill and Oregon Health and Science University during the Shamrock Run.  Avoid road closures and take the tram!

In addition, the tram will have a variety of free, fun activities for the whole family from 10 a.m to 2 p.m.

The public is welcome to join the Portland Aerial Tram festivities at the lower tram station in South Waterfront while the Shamrock Run is underway. Take the tram to the top of the hill and cheer on the runners at the half-way point.  

Free activities for the whole family include: face painting, balloon sculpting, puzzles, crafts and behind the scenes tram tours of the control and motor rooms.  Tram T-shirts will be available for $10.  Round trip fare: $4; children 6 years of age and under ride for free!

Find Shamrock Run course maps, road closures, and other info at


About the Portland Aerial Tram

The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and operated by Oregon Health & Science University.    It opened to the public on Jan. 27, 2007. The cabins, named Walt and Jean, travel 3,300 linear feet between the South Waterfront terminal adjacent to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, and the upper terminal at the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's main campus. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the tram cabins rise 500
feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, the Lair Hill neighborhood and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway. V
isit . Find the tram on Twitter @PortlandTram  and Facebook at

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Traffic Advisory: Street maintenance requires closure of SW Capitol Highway eastbound lanes at Terwilliger, Saturday March 15

(March 14, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance will require a closure of the eastbound lanes of SW Capitol Highway, from SW Terwilliger Boulevard to SW Barbur Boulevard, on Saturday March 15, from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Dry weather forecast for Saturday provides a last-minute opportunity for long-needed road maintenance in time for Sunday’s Shamrock Run. The work will provide a smoother surface on a ramp that carries traffic from eastbound Capitol Highway to northbound Barbur Boulevard.

Westbound traffic on Capitol Highway will not be affected by the closure. Eastbound travelers will find the road closed at Terwilliger, where they can turn north or south to use alternate routes to reach Barbur.

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

The public is advised to use alternate routes, expect delays, travel cautiously and observe all work zone signage.


Traffic Advisory: Sewer repair work to close SW Hall St. between SW 14th and 16th from March 17 to March 21

(March 17, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureauof Transportation advises the traveling public that sewer repair work will require a street closure on SW   Hall Street between SW 14th and SW 16th avenues today through Friday, March 21st from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.

Local access to residences and emergency vehicles will be provided.

The public is asked to observe the road closure, to expect delays while repairs are being made and to use alternate routes. A detour route is as follows: SW Montgomeryat SW 14th Avenue to SW Myrtle Street to SW Vista Avenue to SW 16th Avenue.

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


Traffic Advisory: NW Thurman Street Bridge to close to all users for restoration from April 1 to Labor Day; detour available for TriMet, all vehicles, pedestrians and bicycles

(March 19, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that repairs and restoration of the historic Thurman Street Bridge will require a complete closure of NW Thurman Street between NW 28th and NW 32nd avenues from Tuesday, April 1 through Labor Day, all hours, all days. 

The Thurman Street Bridge, the oldest of its kind in the state, crosses Balch Creek and Lower Macleay Park and is a popular access point to Forest Park. 

The closure applies to all users – drivers, pedestrians and bicycles as well as transit.  A detour will be in place for local residents as well as visitors to Lower Macleay Park and Forest Park, including the Leif Erikson Drive trailhead.  (Please see detour maps at TriMet will provide local shuttle service in lieu of the Line 15 bus service on NW Thurman  Street.  The closure includes the stairway access from the bridge to Lower Macleay Park.

Traffic signs will be in place to direct the public along the detour route.  The public is advised to expect longer travel times while repairs are being made.  We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all closure signs and speed limits. 

The restoration involves rebuilding the bridge deck and supporting girders as well as upgrading the pedestrian railing from a chain link railing to one similar to the original 1905 design.    The bridge deck and other structural elements are in poor condition with a weight restriction that prohibits heavy traffic. Upon completion, the weight restriction will be lifted.

This project, which involves dismantling and reassembling a historic bridge, is complex and unforeseen conditions may arise during construction that could cause the schedule to change. 

The $3.78 million project is being funded primarily by the Federal Highway Administration’s Highway Bridge Program, with a $3.4 million contribution with the remaining $388,000 coming from city funds.

For more information, including project updates visit the project website:



Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on SW Vermont St from Capitol Hwy to SW 11th Drive March 27 to April 2

(March 26, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Vermont Streetbetween SW Capitol Highway to SW 11th Drive Thursday, March 27, through Wednesday, April 2, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday. 

One traffic lane will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

The public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to grind and pave 2.03 lane miles.

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