(11:45 a.m. Jan. 18, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that West Burnside Street will remain closed through Friday afternoon, and potentially through next week, as crews work to clear a 50-foot tall landslide that looms over the roadway.
West Burnside has been closed to through traffic from NW Skyline to NW 23rd Avenue.
The road is closed to all through traffic. Travelers should consider U.S. 26 or NW Cornell Road as alternative routes for through traffic. Expect delays on area roads during rush hour and consider public transit. Check trimet.org/alerts for information about public transit schedules and delays.
Given the size of the slide and its location adjacent to the roadway, and with a house right above the slide, it is important for PBOT engineers to ensure the stability of the hillside in order to protect the safety of the traveling public and city workers.
Numerous downed trees must be cleared before PBOT engineers have a clear view of the scene and can fully assess what is needed to make the roadway safe for city crews and the public. A 100-foot tall Douglas fir tree adjacent to a home must be removed. Crews from Portland Parks & Recreation urban forestry crews must remove other trees in the slide area.
Debris was still falling from the slide last night and Thursday morning.
An estimated at least 75 cubic yards of material must be removed by PBOT crews, potentially taking six to 12 dump truck loads.
We will provide an update on Friday.
Avoid the area. Use alternate routes. Obey street closed and detour signage. Use caution and travel slowly on detour routes and area streets.
Local access for residents only is permitted westbound to NW Uptown Terrace and eastbound to NW Maywood Drive and NW Hermosa Blvd and nearly streets.