Esplanade closure begins February 1st

Burnside Bridge open to bikes/peds only for most of July

Posted by on June 29th, 2007 at 1:58 pm

Dingo rides the Burnside Bridge
during a recent bike parade.
(File photo)

Because of a tricky construction project on the Burnside Bridge, Multnomah County officials have decided to close the entire span to cars for three weeks in July.

And according to Mike Pullen from their Public Affairs Office, the bridge will remain open to bicycles and pedestrians only for the duration of the closure.

So mark your calendars for three weeks of car-free bridge-riding! There’s already talk of a party and maybe the Breakfast on the Bridges crew could make an appearance!?

Pullen says the closure is tentatively scheduled to begin on July 9thwill begin July 16th and it will go through the end of the month August 6th.

But be aware that due to the 45,000 vehicles that usually cross the bridge on a typical day, traffic will be heavier than usual on alternate routes (like the Broadway Bridge).

[Thanks to Todd Boulanger for the tip!]

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  • tonyt June 29, 2007 at 2:12 pm

    Sweet! What an awesome riding spot to have for the summer.

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  • John Boyd June 29, 2007 at 2:27 pm

    Someone is smiling on us, it would have been a lot easier for them just to call it closed to all.

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  • Carl June 29, 2007 at 2:33 pm

    Carfree Burnside is in effect!

    If you\’ve got ideas for how to make the most of it, get involved with Shift ( Shift knows how to have carfree fun and if ever there was an occasion for carfree fun, it\’s on the Burnside Bridge for all of July.

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  • Mr. Viddy June 29, 2007 at 3:07 pm

    Amen to that! Life is always better without the cagers around!

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  • mykle June 29, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    I don\’t want to rain on anybody\’s bike parade, but in theory the bridge is going to be closed due to some hectic construction work. so we *might* want to plan around such things as giant bridge-fixing trucks, cranes, back-hoes, noise, dust, explosions, or workers who would rather we weren\’t projecting a movie on them while they\’re trying to fix our bridge …


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  • tonyt June 29, 2007 at 3:30 pm


    Right, but I don\’t think they\’re going to be working 24/7.

    More like 8-4, m-f

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  • Jessica Roberts June 29, 2007 at 3:49 pm

    It\’s more than luck — when I worked at the BTA, I found that Mike Pullen over there at the County really went out of his way to make sure they had thought through bike issues and done their best to accommodate us. He even sat down with me to design the detour through the different phases of bridge construction. You\’re right, another jurisdiction would have done the easy thing and closed it to everyone. Thanks, Mike!

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  • vanessa June 29, 2007 at 4:21 pm

    Now let\’s get it so that every 10th street or so is closed to auto traffic, eh?

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  • Carl June 29, 2007 at 7:46 pm

    Mykle, I know you better than that. Rainy parades can still be fun.

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  • Marc June 29, 2007 at 10:37 pm

    Johnathan or someone with government connections: wanna investigate and see what the construction traffic is gonna be like?

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  • organic brian June 30, 2007 at 1:05 pm

    I haven\’t seen these mentioned yet:

    Portland Car Free Day email list… we create the Portland Car Free Day(s) Street Fair (sometimes it is more than one day) each year (almost). We have fun meetings by creating a living room (sofa, chairs, table, lamp) in a parking space on, for example, NE Alberta during Last Thursday.

    Also, email list for organizing bike mystery mobile movie rides:
    We\’re planning a July 4th movie showing… obviously too soon for the Burnside Br.

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  • Randy June 30, 2007 at 10:23 pm

    Nice….maybe this will be the start of turning Burnside on it\’s ear–Burnside Bike Boulevard—Portland\’s first bike only road. I biked through the peaceful forest of Mt. Tabor today and was caughing up a lung from the passing cars. One could easier make it a car free park, especially on weekends when people are out walking and biking.

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  • Keep It Carfree July 1, 2007 at 12:20 pm

    Come build decorations to celebrate Burnside\’s liberation!

    When: July 3rd, 5:00pm
    Where: Colonel Summers Park

    The tools: bring your paint pots, paint brushes, cardboard and thinking caps.

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  • Todd B July 2, 2007 at 10:38 am

    Hi PDOT and Sam Adams Office…

    Perhaps this is a good time to do bridge counts on all the Willamette bridges and see where the traffic volumes shift to or if the loss of this bridge\’s lane capacity (4 lanes) does not do too much harm to the network (no gridlock and lower volumes on West Burnside) …making the case for other bridge lane closures to improve pedestrian, bicyclist, and transit capacity enhancements.

    It was interesting to see the old tram tracks under the Burnside bridge apshalt when they were resurfacing it last year…plus those cool old photos (displayed in the Trimet buses) of the pedestrian refuge islands (tram stops) near where the pedestrian stairways are above the Saturday Market. This was much more pedestrian and bike friendly than the current layout.

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  • jeff July 16, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    Has anyone been on the Burnside today?

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