(4:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 23, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public to expect delays during tonight's evening commute, as a power outage in the West End area of downtown continues to keep traffic signals dark. Expect delays and use alternate routes if possible.
People driving, walking or biking should treat traffic signals without power as all-way stop signs. Power may potentially return to signals by 6 p.m., but signals will initially flash red until crews can switch them to normal operation. PBOT crews worked overnight to post temporary stop signs reminding the public to stop at intersections. Crews have also been coordinating work with Pacific Power and preparing to restore traffic signals to normal operation as soon as possible after power is restored.
The affected area covers much of the western part of downtown Portland, roughly from NW Davis St on the north to SW Main St on the south; from Interstate 405 on the west to SW Ninth Ave. on the east. One signal on Broadway was also affected at NW Couch St.
Expect significant travel delays for all modes of transportation in the area, except Portland Streetcar, which experienced minor delays due to traffic volume and stopping at intersections that normally would have traffic signals. For information on impacts to TriMet bus and MAX light rail service, check trimet.org/alerts.
For information on power outages, contact Pacific Power.
Prepare for power outage to delay Tuesday evening commute; treat signals without power as all-way stop signs