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Most downtown streets open, Hawthorne Bridge open both directions, east bound access limited to SW Naito Parkway onramp after Sunday water main break

Portland Water Bureau crews have isolated the broken water pipe that caused traffic and discolored water impacts to the downtown core today. They are conducting repairs at the main break site on Southwest 1st Avenue and Southwest Madison Street. Southwest 1st Avenue between Southwest Jefferson and Southwest Salmon streets will continue to be closed until the water main is repaired and the street is temporarily restored. 

Most impacted streets are now open: 

  • Hawthorne Bridge is open in both directions. Southwest access to the eastbound lanes of the Hawthorne Bridge is available only by the Southwest Naito Parkway onramp.
  • Southwest Main Street is fully open.  
  • Southwest Salmon Street is fully open. 

Many downtown businesses, including hotels and restaurants, are experiencing discolored water due to sediment stirred up by the water main break. Water Bureau crews will be flushing through the evening to clear pipes. The water is safe to drink, but may cause clogging of filters in washing and dishwashing machines. Until water runs clear: 

  • Use the water to flush toilets, but avoid running the water through filters, hot water heaters, and washing machines.
  • Wait an hour for the system to settle, then run water at one tap for up to five minutes to  see if it clears.  If it does not clear, wait another hour and try again. When the water runs clear, run water throughout the house to flush any sediment that may have been drawn into your pipes.