(Sept. 4, 2015) The Portland Bureau of Transportation has closed NW Front Avenue at NW Kittridge Avenue for emergency rail line repairs after a train car derailment this morning on a private spur that crosses NW Front Avenue. Detours will be in place until repairs can be completed by the spur owner, but it is not yet known how long the closure will last.
There was damage to the asphalt between the rail lines, so responsibility for repairs belongs to the spur owner.
PBOT's Maintenance Operations staff have set up hard closures of NW Front on both sides of the spur and will be putting out Variable Message Signs to notify the traveling public of the closures.
It has not been determined yet how long the road will need to be closed.
The public is advised to avoid the area if possible. PBOT has set up detours for motorists who may need to travel through the area:
South of NW Kittridge Ave on NW Front Ave:
Take NW Kittridge Ave to HWY 30 (NW Yeon Ave),
Turn Left onto HWY 30 (NW Yeon Ave)
Travel approximately 2 miles to NW 26th Drive
Turn Left on to NW 26th Drive
Take NW 26th Drive to NW Front Ave
Turn left or Right depending on your destination.
North of NW 26th Drive from NW Front Ave are
Take NW 26th Drive to HWY 30 (NW Yeon Ave)
Turn Right onto HWY 30 (NW Yeon Ave)
Take HWY 30 (NW Yeon Ave) to NW Kittridge Ave
Turn Right onto NW Kittridge Ave
Take Kittridge Ave to NW Front Ave
Turn Left onto Front Ave to your destination