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Steel Bridge closed to all users at night this weekend and Monday morning

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Please note the following route advisory from ODOT:

Night Steel Bridge closures this weekend

Maintenance work will close the bridge to all users Saturday and Sunday nights

The Steel Bridge will be closed to all modes of traffic on Saturday and Sunday nights for maintenance.

The first closure will begin at 11 p.m. Saturday Feb. 15 with the bridge open again by 8:30 a.m. Sunday Feb. 16. The esplanade walkway on the lower desk and the sidewalk on the upper deck will be closed at the same times.

The second closure will begin at 11 p.m. Sunday Feb. 16 and until no later than 8:30 a.m. Monday Feb. 17. The esplanade walkway on the lower desk and the sidewalk on the upper deck will be closed at the same times.

Crews will be adjusting counterweights and carrying out other maintenance projects.

The Steel Bridge, which opened in 1912, is owned by the Union Pacific Railroad and maintained by ODOT.
ODOT

Know before you go: A round-up of detours and construction zones

Tuesday, September 10th, 2013
Damage to Springwater path-3
Parks will finally fix this section of the Springwater bike path.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Between the big TriMet light rail project, PBOT's fog-sealing binge, and other random projects — for some reason this summer has been full of construction in the Portland area. As a result, there are a lot of detours and general advisories to know about.

Below is a roundup of construction projects and detour notices that impact bicycling. (If we've left any out, please share them in the comments below.):
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Advisory: Broadway Bridge closed to bicycling July 16-19

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

Please note the following, three day closure of the Broadway Bridge bikeway...

Contact:
Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation, 503-823-3723, dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov
Mike Pullen, Multnomah County Communications Office, 503-209-4111, mike.j.pullen@multco.us
Julie Gustafson, Portland Streetcar, 503-242-0084, julie@sojpdx.com

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:
Safety work to close Broadway Bridge sidewalks for bicycle, pedestrian use Tues. July 16 through early morning Fri. July 19

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – Work to maintain safety on sidewalks on the Broadway Bridge will require closing both sidewalks to the public from 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 16 until 5:30 a.m. on Friday.

The Broadway Bridge is on one of the busiest bike routes in Portland, carrying thousands of bicyclists a day. Signs will indicate bicycle and pedestrian traffic detours to the Steel Bridge. Cyclists are advised to expect delays and use alternate routes, including the Steel Bridge.

The closures are required for crews to repair the non-slip coating on bridge sidewalks. The coating was installed as part of the Central Loop extension of the Portland Streetcar. Flaws in the coating are being repaired at no cost to Portland Streetcar or the City of Portland.

To limit the inconvenience to the public during the work period, the City of Portland and the contractor performing the work agreed to a full closure of the sidewalks, 24 hours a day for three days, rather than a partial closure for five days. Crews are expected to finish before Friday morning rush hour, but the work is weather dependent and schedules may change.

Portland Streetcar service will not be affected by the weekday closures.

The public is advised to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes.

The weekday sidewalk work is being coordinated with work by Multnomah County that will close the bridge on weekends for routine safety and operations inspections. During the weekend closures, bridge sidewalks will remain open to bicycle and pedestrian traffic, though there will likely be some short, intermittent closures when crews reposition equipment.

Closures of the bridge to motor vehicle traffic are scheduled for the following weekends:
· July 13-14, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· July 20-21, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.
· (If needed) July 27-28, 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Portland Streetcar CL Line service will continue during the weekend bridge closures. Streetcars will run on the east side, from N Broadway/N Weidler and N Ross to OMSI and back, as well as along 10th and 11th avenues downtown. A bus bridge will shuttle streetcar riders across the Steel Bridge from the N Broadway and N Ross streetcar stop, continuing on NW Glisan to NW 10th Avenue and then north along the streetcar line to NW 10th and NW Northrup. Buses will then pick up passengers at NW 11th and NW Marshall and continue along the streetcar route to NW 11th and NW Everett where they will turn and cross the Steel Bridge, returning to the N Weidler and N Ross stop.

Service on the NS Line, which runs from Northwest Portland to South Waterfront, will not be affected. For more Streetcar information, visit www.portlandstreetcar.org.

The weekend closures are required for a bridge inspection that is conducted every two years, as required by federal rules.

The closures will not impact river traffic.

Esplanade near OMSI to close for 14 months beginning May 1st

Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013

TriMet has announced that the Eastbank Esplanade bicycling and walking path just south of OMSI to SE Caruthers Street will be closed for 14 months. The closure is due to construction of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail bridge. Here's more from TriMet:

Two contractors, Kiewit and Stacy Witbeck, will be working in the closure area to move and rebuild a portion of the Eastside Greenway Trail, build walls and construct the landside piers and abutment for the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail transit bridge.

During the trail closure, pedestrians and cyclists will be detoured to SE Water Avenue which has new sidewalks and bike lanes and connects directly to SE 4th Avenue and the Springwater Corridor Trail.
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Bike traffic advisories for I-205 path and Riverview Cemetery

Monday, March 11th, 2013

Two construction projects in the region have direct impacts to bike traffic. Learn more below...

Construction work on an ODOT project on Airport Way near the I-205 path is causing intermittent, short-term closures of the path between Marine Drive and Airport Way. The closures started last week (3/4) and will last through mid-June. Here's more from ODOT Region 1 Transit and Active Transportation Liaison Jessica Horning:
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Freezing rain, icy conditions slated for tomorrow morning

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013
A frosty Broadway Bridge on January 11th.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Looks like the weather is set to go from bad to worse. The near freezing (and below it at times) cold we've been experiencing has tested our resolve for weeks. Tomorrow, weather watchers are forecasting freezing rain. The Bureau of Transportation is nervous about how icy conditions will impact roads. And they should be. Earlier this month, when the morning commute was marked by extremely icy conditions, we heard of dozens of people who slipped and crashed while riding into work. Here's more from PBOT about what might be in store:

The National Weather Service in Portland has issued a freezing rain advisory for light icing in effect from 4 a.m. to noon on Wednesday, January 23. The public is advised to be alert for limited visibility, freezing temperatures and ice accumulations on roadways, bridges, overpasses and sidewalks Wednesday morning.

According to the National Weather Service, the “main threat of freezing rain will be between 6 a.m. and 10 a.m., with the threat of freezing rain lasting until noon in areas closer to the Columbia River.”

The traveling public is advised to be prepared for localized icy conditions and make a plan now for their Wednesday morning commute. People should avoid driving on icy streets, take transit if possible or delay their trip until conditions improve. Motorists should be ready to use chains if conditions are icy in the morning, slow down, use headlights and leave plenty of distance ahead of you.

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Sellwood Bridge to close for the 'Big Move'

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
Sellwood Bridge Tour with Richard M.-3
Sellwood Bridge
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

If riding across the Sellwood Bridge is part of your daily routine, you need to make other plans. The 1,100 foot long bridge is set to close from this Thursday January 17th - 24th while construction crews move it — yes, move it — to the north to make room for the new bridge. The old bridge will become the detour around ongoing construction.

Instead of building a new bridge to use until the new one is done in summer 2015, Multnomah County decided on the "Big Move" because it will save time (about one year) and money ($5-10 million), and it will have fewer environmental impacts. (more...)

Advisory: NW Old Cornelius Pass Rd closed for 75 days

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Attention all roadies who love Old Cornelius Pass Road... Starting today a section of the road north of NW Phillips will be closed to all vehicles (including bikes) until September 21st. Washington County is replacing the bridge over Rock Creek. Tell your friends and check the detour map...

Springwater path closure a 'possibility' due to erosion

Monday, April 2nd, 2012
Photo taken today shows path damage has worsened in past weeks.
(Photo: Chad Berkley)

Erosion of the soil beneath a 55-foot section of the Springwater multi-use path on the Willamette River just south of downtown Portland has worsened due to weekend rains and now the Portland Parks & Recreation Bureau says closure is a "possibility."

Last week we shared that the path had been damaged by erosion and Parks had placed cones advising people to steer (and walk) clear of the edge. Apparently the plentiful weekend rains have taken a toll. This morning we received tips from two readers that the damage had worsened.

Brent L. rode past the area highlighted in our post (which is about one mile south of SE Ivon where the path begins) and says he noticed, "substantially more of the bank had fallen into the river." (more...)

Springwater path damaged by erosion

Thursday, March 29th, 2012
Erosion of the Willamette riverbank has caused damage
to the Springwater path just south of downtown.
(Photo: Chad Berkley)

A downed tree on the banks of the east side of the Willamette River about one mile south OMSI on the Springwater Corridor Trail has damaged the popular multi-use path.

Portland Parks & Recreation spokesman Mark Ross says the "trail failure" was caused by a cottonweed tree that fell earlier this month which led to the soil near the path becoming unstable.

"Trail users are asked to slow down in this area, yield to the slowest traffic, and be considerate of other trail users," says Ross.

The trail and the safety precautions are set to stay in place until the riverbank is stabilized and the trail is repaired. Parks is working with the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) to figure out how to redesign the bank to make it more stable. A geotech engineer with BES has determined that the existing path is stable and Parks staff are monitoring the path daily for any signs of further erosion. (more...)

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