Details on traffic impacts of two-month Broadway Bridge closure

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Bike traffic going onto Broadway Bridge.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Please note the PBOT traffic advisory below regarding an upcoming closure of the Broadway Bridge. The bridge will be completely closed to motorized traffic for two months starting July 6th, but it will remain open to biking and walking traffic. The closure is to facilitate streetcar construction.

Here’s a word from streetcar project spokesperson Julie Gustafson about how bike traffic will be impacted:

The south sidewalk will remain open to maintain bicycle and pedestrian connectivity. The only time it will be “closed” is when they do a bridge lift. These will be short duration closures similar to a normal bridge lift. There will be signing and defined paths for the bikes and peds to follow on both sides of the bridge. The Larrabee (eastern) side will have an additional ramp for bi-directional bike approach.

Questions about the bike detour/signing should be directed to Julie Gustafson with Shiels Obletz Johnsen at (503) 242-0084 or

And here’s the official traffic advisory from PBOT:

June 23, 2010

Dan Anderson

Broadway Bridge will close July 6 to motorized vehicles for two months

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Broadway Bridge in central Portland is scheduled to be closed from July 6 to Sept. 3 to all motorized vehicles due to streetcar construction. The south sidewalk of the bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians.

NE Broadway will be closed west of NE Larrabee and NW Broadway will be closed to through traffic north of NW Hoyt. The NW Lovejoy Street ramp at the bridge will be closed to all traffic east of NW Ninth Ave. Access to Union Station will be maintained.

The traveling public should expect traffic delays on Broadway, Weidler and Lovejoy and use detours. Westbound motorized traffic will be detoured to the Burnside and Steel bridges and eastbound traffic will be detoured to the I-405 Fremont Bridge.

Construction schedules are subject to change. More information about alternate bicycle and pedestrian routes will be released prior to the closure. The Portland Bureau of Transportation appreciates travelers’ patience during what may be one of the busiest construction seasons in Oregon history.

For more information on streetcar construction, please contact Kay Dannen at 503-478-6404 or or visit More information on the closure will be forthcoming.

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