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Steel Bridge users: take another route Monday morning

Monday, February 17th, 2014
Portland City Tour ride -19

Just a reminder: As we shared last week, the Steel Bridge is likely to be closed for maintenance through some or all of the morning commute on Monday, Feb. 17, no matter what your vehicle is. It should be open by 8:30 a.m.

After much finger-pointing, the Steel Bridge's lower deck reopens - UPDATED

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013
Some commuters and exercisers used the upper
sidewalk of the Steel Bridge Tuesday morning.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Update 3:59 pm: The bridge lower deck is now open, and the city's Diane Dulken writes to confirm that the city, not Union Pacific Railroad, is responsible for the lower-deck cameras related to this closure.

Portlanders' unscheduled trip into the 90s extended into its fourth day Tuesday as the lower deck of the Steel Bridge, built for $10 million in 2001, remained closed due to a camera failure.

City spokeswoman Diane Dulken said Monday that Union Pacific Railroad runs the cameras, and that the problem is UP's. The next morning, UP's California-based spokesman Aaron Hunt said that this was not true, and that the city has been working to repair them. Update: Dulken confirmed, late Tuesday afternoon, that the railroad was correct, and the cameras are the city's responsibility.

Dulken said Tuesday that she had no information about whether Union Pacific had been in contact with the city. She said she wasn't aware of detour signs other than the ones at the Steel Bridge's lower-deck gates themselves.

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Steel Bridge lower deck closed since Saturday - UPDATED

Monday, August 12th, 2013
Steel Bridge upper deck
The Steel Bridge's upper-deck
sidewalk is one way to cross this evening.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Update:: The lower deck reopened before the evening rush hour on Aug. 13.

Update 6:30 a.m., Aug. 13: The lower deck remains closed on Tuesday morning. "I haven't heard of any change yet," spokeswoman Diane Dulken wrote. We've had no reply to our request for information from Union Pacific. Watch PBOT's Twitter account for possible updates. Original post follows.

Update 6:30 a.m., Aug. 13: The lower deck remains closed on Tuesday morning. "I haven't heard of any change yet," spokeswoman Diane Dulken wrote. We've had no reply to our request for information from Union Pacific. Watch PBOT's Twitter account for possible updates. Original post follows.

People crossing the Steel Bridge by bike and foot Monday evening should take the upper-deck lane or sidewalk or reroute to another bridge, Portland Bureau of Transportation spokeswoman Diane Dulken said Monday afternoon.

The lower deck has been closed since Saturday evening, when a set of cameras that monitor the crossing stopped functioning, Dulken said. The cameras are owned and controlled by Union Pacific Railroad, she said, which has not informed the city of the cameras' status.

"We don't manage the cameras, so we're not quite sure what's going on," Dulken said.

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Steel Bridge and Terwilliger Parkway celebrate centennials

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
steel bridge is 100 yrs old
The Steel Bridge, which turns 100 this year, has worked its
way into the hearts of many bicycling Portlanders.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

One of the attractions to city cycling often left out of policy debates is how simply being on a bike lets you to interact with your environment in a completely different way than being cooped up in a car (allowing you to "smell the roses" as this excellent NY Times piece illustrates). It sounds sort of cheesy, but it's common to hear daily bike commuters talk about how they love certain streets and bridges.

I think that feeling comes from the much more visceral way you experience a city while bicycling.

Two Portland icons that often get that type of praise — the Steel Bridge and Terwilliger Parkway — are celebrating their 100th birthdays this year.

Last weekend the PDX Bridge Festival toasted the Steel Bridge with a big party. With its dedicated bike/walkway just above the Willamette River away from auto traffic, the Steel is a fantastic bridge to cross on a bike. With connections to paths through Waterfront Park on the west side and the Eastbank Esplanade to the east, it's an extremely popular place to ride.
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Steel Bridge lower deck closes due to bad gate motor - UPDATED

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Steel Bridge closure-5
Closure likely to remain in effect
until Wednesday night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has announced that as of about 10:00 pm tonight (Saturday), the gates that close during bridge lifts on each end of the lower deck of the Steel Bridge are closed to all traffic. PBOT hired electricians to analyze the problem on Sunday and they have determined that the culprit is a bad motor on one of the gates. Since the part is not on-hand, PBOT says they'll have to order it which means the gates -- and lower deck bridge access -- will be closed until Wednesday afternoon (8/4) or Thursday morning.. (more...)

Photos of the week: When a bridge crossing is closed to bikes

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009
Steel Bridge Closed while Stabbing Investigated
Doing a double take at the closure of the entrance to a major bike route. (Photo by Scott Mizée / npGreenway in the BikePortland Photographers pool on Flickr)

Yesterday morning we reported on the temporary closure of the Steel Bridge lower deck, a major walk and bike commute route, from early morning to around 2pm. Reader Scott Mizée (you may recognize his name from his advocacy work with npGreenway) sent us this shot of the closure on the east side. (more...)

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