11/11 Update: All paving is complete and Burnside and SW Fourth Avenue reopened to traffic Monday afternoon, November 11, 2013
(November 8, 2013) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the section of West Burnside Street damaged by a recent water main break is slated to be repaved this weekend.
Eastbound lanes of West Burnside Street between SW Broadway and Third Avenue will be closed from 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 10 through the evening of Monday, Nov. 11, Veterans Day. The work depends on dry weather and the schedule may change.
The repaving is the final stage of emergency repairs undertaken by the City of Portland bureaus of water and transportation following the rupture of a 24-inch water main in the early hours of Oct. 29. That break underneath West Burnside Street and Southwest Fourth Avenue caused localized flooding and affected eastbound lanes for two blocks around the site as well as one block of SW Fourth Avenue south of Burnside Street.
The Transportation Bureau reopened the street within four days of the break with a temporary paving fix to restore traffic flow and increase access to local businesses. The intent was to return to the area when weather allows.
Crews need dry weather to complete paving, and the bureau expects a short window this weekend.
During paving, eastbound traffic will be detoured onto SW Broadway to SW Stark Street and then to SW Second Avenue before rejoining West Burnside Street.
One block of SW Fourth Avenue also will be repaved and will be closed atSW Ankeny Street. Northbound travelers on SW Fourth Avenue will be rerouted at SW Pine Street to SW Second Avenue.
For more information, see the Transportation Bureau’s Oct. 31, 2013 news release. For updates over the weekend, follow @PBOTinfo on Twitter.