If you’ve been missing using the the Broadway Bridge (I sure have) to get in and out of Northwest Portland, you’re going to be very happy with this news. According to Kay Dannen with streetcar project contractor Shiels Obletz Johnsen, the bridge is set to reopen to biking and walking traffic this Saturday, September 4th.
On Saturday, all traffic (biking, walking, and motor vehicle) will be routed onto the south side of the bridge (similar to when the bridge first closed). Dannen says they expect the north sidewalk to reopen on Friday, September 17th.
With progress moving forward quickly on the east side and on the bridge, new closures are coming in the Pearl District. Be wary of full street closures for the next two months on NW Lovejoy between NW 9th and 12th and on NW Northrup between NW 10th and 11th. Sidewalks will remain open in those areas and people are allowed to bike on them (the boundary where sidewalk riding is illegal ends at NW Hoyt). (I’m awaiting word from Dannen as to whether or not bike traffic will be allowed to continue west on Lovejoy or if all traffic will be routed down to Hoyt.)