PORTLAND, Ore. – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that improvements to the Steel Bridge will require a complete closure from midnight to 5 a.m. on Monday June 3.
The closure is expected to be repeated two weeks later, June 17, during the same hours.
To perform the bridge work, both the upper and lower decks will be closed, so the span will not allow crossings by motorists, public transit, bicyclists or pedestrians. Bus lines 4, 8 and 35 will be detoured during the closure. Two late night MAX light rail trains will be affected by the closure. TriMet will provide shuttle buses in place of those trains. Monday early morning MAX trains will be allowed across the bridge before it reopens to all traffic at 5 a.m. Check before you go at trimet.org/alerts.
The public is advised to expect delays west of the bridge on NW Everett Street and Naito Parkway, and east of the bridge on N Interstate Avenue and NE Multnomah Boulevard. The public is also advised to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.
Crews working for Union Pacific Railroad will enhance the counterweights on the bridge to ensure they are appropriately weighted to handle heavier gauge rails and scaffolding that are being installed on the railway.
This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change.