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(July 3, 2018) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the traveling public that the Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp from northbound SW Naito Parkway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from July 3 at 8:00 p.m. through July 8 at 5:00 a.m., for all hours, all days. The closure will help create safe access for people to travel to and around the Waterfront Blues Festival. This is the third year PBOT has implemented this closure for the safety of festival-goers. The Hawthorne Bridge will remain open to all users.
To support the on-ramp closure, one right turn lane will be closed on SW Harbor Drive and one northbound travel lane on SW Naito Parkway will be removed starting at SW Market Street. Motor vehicle traffic heading northbound on SW Naito Parkway to the Hawthorne Bridge will be detoured to the Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp on SW Madison Street. The detour route will direct northbound motor vehicle traffic on SW Naito Parkway to turn west onto SW Clay Street, then north on SW 2nd Avenue, turn east onto SW Madison Street, and onto to the Hawthorne Bridge.
The Waterfront Blues Festival is expected to draw 100,000 people between July 4 to July 7; roughly 25,000 people per day. The northbound single lane conversion and Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp closure is intended to create a safer way for people to get to and around Waterfront Park and will connect with the existing Better Naitoconfiguration. During the Festival, Better Naito will extend an additional four blocks from SW Main Street to SW Clay Street.
Traveling downtown by car? Park affordably and conveniently at one of PBOT's five SmartPark garages. Alternatively, skip the traffic altogether and take BIKETOWN to the Blues Festival. Use the code BLUES18 to receive $5 OFF any plan. Redeem the discount at biketownpdx.com or by using the BIKETOWN app.