UPDATED: March 20, 2012 at 4:25 P.M.
The lower deck of the Steel Bridge is re-opened to pedestrians and bicyclists.
March 19, 2012 at 5:45 A.M.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Lower deck of Steel Bridge CLOSED to pedestrians and bicyclists
(Portland, Ore.) – Effective immediately, the gates on the lower deck of the Steel Bridge are closed and locked on both the west and the east ends of the bridge at the request of the bridge operator. The emergency closure is due to a malfunction of the cameras that alert the operator to the presence of pedestrians and bicyclists accessing the Pedestrian Esplanade Crossing on the lower deck of the bridge.
Pedestrians and bicyclists are advised to use an alternate route or cross the Steel Bridge on the upper deck. Be especially cautious and safely share the walkways because they are narrow. Bicyclists may also take the lane on the bridge roadway. Alternate routes include the Broadway, Burnside or Morrison bridges.
The Oregon Department of Transportation owns the cameras. They have been notified of the malfunction. Further notice will be provided when repairs are made and the lower deck can be re-opened. Visit www.PublicAlerts.org for updates.