Traffic detours coming near Hawthorne Bridge due to courthouse project

by on February 15th, 2017 at 3:25 pm

Take note:


Reminder: Traffic changes downtown during courthouse night work

Underground utility night work has begun for Multnomah County’s new Central Courthouse at the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge. Sewer lines need to be relocated before excavation can begin for the courthouse on the block bordered by SW Jefferson, SW Naito Parkway, SW First Ave., and SW Madison St. In-street construction will be performed at night to reduce impacts on commuters.

Utility relocation details:

Work will be conducted between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. Monday through Thursday from February 13 through March, to reduce impacts on traffic

From February 13 – March 1 (tentative), night detours and lane closures will be needed at:

– SW 1st Ave. between SW Main St. and SW Madison St.
– SW Main St. across the intersection with SW 1st Ave.
– Access to the north sidewalk of the Hawthorne Bridge will be available from the Naito Parkway ramp or stairs from Waterfront Park only. The sidewalk on SW Main St. will be closed between Naito Parkway and SW First Ave. The south bridge sidewalk will be open.

From March 1 – 17 (tentative) between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the eastbound approach to the Hawthorne Bridge from SW Madison St. will be closed to all modes of traffic between SW Naito Parkway and SW 1st Ave. Eastbound traffic can access the bridge from northbound SW Naito Parkway at night.

Noise generating activities include saw-cutting, excavating and sound from vacuum trucks. A telephone line (503-988-8888) is set up for questions and concerns about construction noise.

Work schedules are subject to change, due to weather and other factors.

On February 20, a staircase from the west sidewalk of SW Naito Parkway to the south sidewalk of the Hawthorne Bridge is scheduled to be closed for demolition. A new staircase will be built as part of the project, opening in 2019. Pedestrians can still access the south bridge sidewalk from SW Madison St. and from the sidewalk on the east side of SW Naito Parkway.

The new Central Courthouse is estimated to cost $300 million and open in 2020. A construction open house is scheduled on Thursday, February 23 from 4 – 6 p.m. in the Jury Assembly Room of the County Courthouse at 1021 SW 4th Ave. For project information, visit

Route advisory: Columbia Slough Bike/Walk Bridge to close for up to 3 months

by on January 19th, 2017 at 9:45 am

The suggested detour is to use N Interstate/Denver Avenue, which is one mile east of the bridge.
(Graphic: Portland Bureau of Environmental Services)

Get ready for a closure of a popular biking and walking bridge in north Portland.
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Willamette Greenway path closed for two weeks – UPDATED

by on November 29th, 2016 at 9:36 am

Willamette Greenway path closure through December 14th.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Willamette Greenway path closure through December 14th.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A construction project on the west side of the Willamette River just south of the South Waterfront district has closed the Greenway path and the City of Portland has offered no official detour.

Crews from Fore Construction are building the Sanctuary Apartments at 4800 SW Landing Drive. A notice distributed by the company last week said work on the apartments will include the rebuilding and resurfacing of the Willamette Greenway path and the path will be closed through December 14th.

Fore’s statement said, “We will endeavor to keep as much of the trail open as possible during this period.” There was no specific timeline for when the path would be fully closed or open during construction and no detour map was provided with the company statement. We asked Fore and the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau what bicycle riders should do when the path is closed.
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Washington Park reservoir project will close popular biking routes – UPDATED

by on August 30th, 2016 at 8:27 am

Ride Along with Stasia Honnold-43

If you ride/commute through Washington Park, you might have to change your route.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Get ready for yet another construction project that will impact biking routes.

Starting two weeks from now, on September 12th, the Portland Water Bureau will begin their Reservoir Improvements Project in Washington Park. The construction of a new 12.4 million gallon reservoir and other upgrades to two existing reservoirs will last for 12 to 18 months.

There will be significant impacts to nearby roads that will include complete closures — including bicycling traffic.[Read more…]

#WorkzoneFTW? City may require walking and biking routes around building sites

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 28th, 2016 at 9:48 am

brian rod

A proposed city policy would require builders to look for a way around.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A proposed policy before the city council Wednesday would withhold city permits from builders that block sidewalks or bike lanes around their work sites without first considering reuse of parking and travel lanes.

The action comes after a months-long social media campaign from Oregon Walks and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, which evolved out of a years-long behind-the-scenes effort by the BTA.

The city’s draft policy stops short of saying that walking, biking or traveling by mobility device are always higher priorities in work zones than traveling by car. Instead, it says that walking and biking routes should only be blocked if no other option is “practicable.” Here’s some other relevant language:

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Three week Willamette Greenway Trail detour begins May 2nd

by on April 29th, 2016 at 1:07 pm


The City of Portland is doing work near Willamette Park on their Hannah Mason Pump Station Project that will close the Greenway Trail for three weeks beginning Monday May 2nd.

The official city press release is below:

Hannah Mason Pump Station Project Update
Greenway Trail Detour

April 28, 2016​​

Trail Detour – Beginning the week of May 2
Section of Greenway Trail Temporarily Closed in Willamette Park

As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction1 project, a section of the Greenway Trail in the north area of Willamette Park will be closed for three weeks beginning Monday May 2. Bike and pedestrian traffic should follow detour signs and connect back to the Greenway Trail through the boat ramp parking lot in the center of Willamette Park.

The closure is required to make improvements to the Greenway Trail within Willamette Park. Travelers are reminded to exercise caution, obey closure signs and follow detour/traffic control signs due to the busy activity in the parking lot and along the main road in the park.

Click here for detour map or visit

For more information contact Sam Beresky or Kenya Williams at 503-235-5881.

Project Information
The Hannah Mason Pump Station is being built to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station on SW Nevada Street. Work began in March 2015 and will continue into fall of 2016. The Portland Water Bureau is working closely with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. The Water Bureau will keep neighbors, local businesses, and other stakeholders updated as work progresses. For more information, visit

TriMet work on 1st Ave will mean smoother pavement and crowded trains

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 4th, 2016 at 4:35 pm


Damaged track switches on 1st Avenue.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

“The trains will be so crowded that cyclists will be waiting to get into a train.”
— TriMet spokeswoman Roberta Altstadt on MAX overcrowding during the project

Here’s the good news: the badly worn pavement on NW 1st Avenue, an important but unpleasant biking connection to the Steel Bridge and Waterfront Park, is about to be fixed.

Here’s the bad news: the repair project will snarl TriMet’s entire light rail system for two weeks next month, cutting the frequency of every MAX line and leading to extremely crowded trains that will probably be unable to fit bikes.

That’s why TriMet is urging people to avoid taking bikes on MAX during the repair work, May 8-21.

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Detour done right: 21st and Belmont shows how construction zones should work

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 3rd, 2016 at 3:02 pm

lead diversion

A contractor’s trailer blocked sidewalk and bike lane, so the city temporarily removed some parking to keep the routes open.
(Photos: Michael Andersen/BikePortland)

Three months ago, there were so many construction zones encroaching on walking and biking routes that a few Portlanders organized a walking tour of downtown’s worst offenders. So today we’re happy to take a moment to recognize a detour that the city has handled beautifully.
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Here’s the latest on Broadway Bridge path closures and obstructions

by on September 28th, 2015 at 3:24 pm

Broadway Bridge construction scenes-1.jpg

With a flagger present, one person stops to wait for eastbound traffic on the north sidewalk on September 25th.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s been about 15 weeks since Multnomah County embarked on a major project to repaint and repair large sections of the the Broadway Bridge. And according to what we’re hearing from some of you, despite adjustments and additional measures being taken by the County, the construction zone is still causing significant safety issues.
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County responds to Broadway Bridge path closure complaints

by on August 24th, 2015 at 12:56 pm


A County project on the Broadway Bridge has resulted in detours and intermittent closures.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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