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County: Morrison Bridge reopens this Sunday (10/22)

Avatar by on October 19th, 2017 at 4:36 pm

Latest from Mult Co:

Morrison Bridge reopens Sunday, October 22

The Morrison Bridge will reopen to traffic no later than 6 a.m. on Sunday, October 22 as the replacement of the lift span deck nears completion.
Starting October 22, westbound traffic will again be able to access downtown from SE Morrison St. and SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Access from the central eastside has been cut off since spring due to construction. The right westbound lane of the east approach ramp will become a right turn only lane to Interstate 5 north.

The bridge traffic alignment starting October 22 will include two westbound lanes, one eastbound lane, and open sidewalks on both sides of the bridge (including the multi-use path on the south side). All ramps will be open, except the ramp from southbound SW Naito Parkway to eastbound Morrison Bridge which remains closed until October 28. All six traffic lanes will reopen by October 30.

Effective October 22, the vehicle weight limit will be restored to a maximum of 40 tons, allowing TriMet’s 15-Belmont/NW 23rd bus route to resume service over the bridge for the first time in several years. The vehicle weight limit was reduced to 10 tons due to the deteriorated lift span deck that was replaced this year.

The vehicle speed limit on the bridge will increase from 25 miles per hour to 35 miles per hour in November, when construction is completed.
General contractor Hamilton Construction will demobilize equipment from the bridge during the week of October 23, which will require several lanes to be closed. Weather permitting, the contractor will close the bridge to all traffic on Friday, October 27 at 9 p.m. to apply a top overlay to the lift span deck. The bridge will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, October 30. The epoxy overlay resembles asphalt and provides a better riding surface with good traction. In the event of rain, this work will be postponed until a later date.

After the Morrison Bridge returns to service, repair work will shift north to the Burnside Bridge. Hamilton Construction tentatively plans to close the bridge the weekend of November 17-19 to set up traffic control for a two-year project that will repair damaged concrete on the bridge deck, sidewalks and railings. Two of five lanes will be closed during the work and bikes and pedestrians will share a path on each side of the bridge.

For more information about the Morrison and Burnside bridge repairs, visit www.multco.us/bridges, or follow @MultcoBridges on Twitter.

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Two-week Morrison Bridge closure begins October 9

Avatar by on October 6th, 2017 at 9:08 am

Via Multnomah County press release:

Two-week Morrison Bridge closure begins October 9

The Morrison Bridge will be closed to all traffic for as long as two weeks starting Monday, October 9 at 12:01 a.m. During the closure a contractor will pour concrete for the west leaf of the lift span deck and balance the counterweight to support the heavier new deck. A two-inch concrete layer will be poured into the top of the new steel grate deck, to provide better traction. The bridge closure is needed because vibrations from traffic can damage new concrete while it cures, or hardens.

The closure will impact motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The bridge will reopen earlier than Sunday, October 22 if the work is completed ahead of schedule. The project is nearly complete. During the week of October 23 there will be lane closures at off-peak hours while the contractor removes construction equipment. All six traffic lanes will be open by October 31.

The two-week bridge closure will impact traffic on nearby roads and bridges. Details of the traffic plan include:
Ramps between the Morrison Bridge and Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 will be closed, except for the ramp from the Morrison Bridge westbound to I-5 north.
The closure will increase congestion on the Hawthorne and Burnside bridges during commute hours. Commuting drivers may want to avoid the drawbridges by:
Using the Marquam and Fremont bridges westbound in the morning to access downtown
Exiting downtown via Interstate 405 to the Marquam and Fremont bridges to access I-5 and I-84 in the afternoon
Due to construction that has closed two lanes on the Broadway Bridge, the bridge is not recommended as an alternate route.
Motorists can also access I-84 eastbound at NE Grand Avenue and NE Everett Street or NE Irving and NE 16th Ave.
Access to I-5 north on the eastside is from the ramp at NE Broadway and N Williams Ave.
I-5 south traffic can access the onramp to Highway 99E/U.S. 26.
Commuters may want to consider using the MAX Light Rail System to get into and out of downtown during the closure. Go to trimet.org to plan your trip or call TriMet’s Rider Support team at 503-238-RIDE (7433), between 7:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. seven days a week, for trip planning help. TriMet bus and Portland Streetcar riders should expect traffic congestion in the central east side and plan extra time for their trips.

During the closure Hamilton Construction will complete the concrete pour, remove scaffolding, and demobilize from the west pit on the lift span. The contractor will also balance the west leaf, since the new deck is much heavier than the old deck made of fiber reinforced polymer. A number of components are being upgraded to accommodate the heavier deck.

Depending on the weather this month, the contractor may need to close the Morrison Bridge for one weekend in spring 2018 to apply the final overlay coat to the lift span deck. The overlay resembles asphalt and provides a smooth ride with good traction.

Multnomah County maintains the Morrison Bridge and five other Willamette River bridges. The county has coordinated planning for the Morrison Bridge closure with the Portland Bureau of Transportation through the Get Portland Moving effort to limit the effects of construction projects in the right-of-way on the general public. The agencies are coordinating construction of the Multnomah County Central Courthouse and PBOT’s paving project on SW Main St. to minimize traffic impacts.

For more information, visit www.multco.us/bridges, or follow @MultcoBridges on Twitter.

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Morrison Bridge bike path set to reopen by Oct. 22 (updated)

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 25th, 2017 at 1:52 pm

Detour signs on the east landing direct people walking and biking to the Hawthorne Bridge.

The Morrison Bridge’s biking and walking path should reopen three weeks from Sunday, a Multnomah County said Tuesday.

The path has been closed to walking and biking for much of the summer, as have various travel lanes. It’s related to a deck replacement that’s a do-over from a 2012 replacement job that didn’t prove nearly as durable as it was supposed to.

The physically separated path along the south side of the Morrison connects Water Avenue on the Central Eastside with Naito Parkway and 2nd Avenue downtown.

On Monday, the county had tweeted that the path would reopen Oct. 16, but county spokesman Mike Pullen said in an email Tuesday that another six days would be required.

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Multnomah County bought a tiny car to avoid blocking a bridge path

Avatar by on August 23rd, 2016 at 2:08 pm

The County’s new fit-on-the-bridge-but-not-block-the-path car.

How far would your county go to maintain the integrity of a path?

Multnomah County has added a new, very small car to its fleet. The reason? So that it won’t get in the way of people walking and rolling on the Morrison Bridge.
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Why does Multnomah County allow auto parking on the Morrison Bridge bike path?

Avatar by on February 24th, 2016 at 11:28 am

Not a parking spot. Or is it?
(Photo: Jason J.)

Have you ever noticed a car parked on the Morrison Bridge bicycling and walking path?

As one of Portland’s precious few pieces of physically protected, non-motorized travel space it sure seems like a bad place to park. It would be one thing if this was a rogue private citizen, but in this case the cars belong to Multnomah County employees.

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County’s bridges may plan $33 million for biking and walking upgrades

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 24th, 2015 at 9:50 am

Hawthorne Bridge bike counter hits 1 million-1

Crowding on the Hawthorne sidewalks is already a serious problem and is only likely to increase, advocates say.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Correction appended.

Some or all of Multnomah County’s four busiest bridges across the Willamette River — the Broadway, Burnside, Morrison and Hawthorne — could see major biking and walking upgrades over the next fifteen years.

One possibility being discussed: physically separating bike and foot traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge by moving either biking or walking to one or two of the four auto-dominated lanes on the bridge deck.

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Comment of the Week: A definitive wishlist for Portland’s bridges

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 20th, 2015 at 4:17 pm

Last (and cold) sunrise of 2010-5

The Burnside’s bike lanes are OK;
it’s the landings that hold it back.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

From afar, Portland’s bridges are civic treasures. Up close, they’re little slices of rural highway in the middle of the most beautiful part of the city.

To its credit, Multnomah County asked for ways to change this, and this week BikePortland readers certainly delivered — none more comprehensively and persuasively than reader MaxD, whose Tuesday morning comment on the subject picked up on points raised by many other readers.

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James Beard Market plans could be chance to fix Morrison Bridge bike access issues

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 4th, 2014 at 9:16 am

An indoor food market planned for the west side of the Morrison Bridge might bring the money needed to improve Portland’s newest and arguably most awkward downtown bridge landing.

At an open house and design forum on Saturday, Dec. 13, the public will get its first big chance to review and weigh in on the proposal to convert the little-used parking lots inside the bridge’s cloverleafs to a space inspired by Vancouver BC’s Granville Island or Copenhagen’s Torvehallerne. A local biking advocate, who identified the opportunity, is urging people who care about the area to join him in attending.

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Comment of the Week: The slow, possible work of progress

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 24th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Morrison Bridge bike-walk path dedication event-24

Ahh – can you feel that? That’s a successful
postcard campaign from 15 years ago.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

There’s nothing new under the sun, but effective political tactics have a way of staying effective.

That’s what reader and legendary bike advocate Phil Goff observed this week in a comment beneath Tuesday’s post about a series of postcard campaigns by activist group Bike Loud PDX:

This is exactly what I did 15-16 years ago to create the political pressure to bring in funding for the Morrison Bridge sidepath project. On two occasions, I had 300-400 signed postcards mailed to Multnomah County Chair Bev Stein (to get the County’s attention) and then 6 mo later to Metro Council chair Rod Monroe during the MTIP process. In the age of e-mail, Twitter and FB, a simple postcard campaign can pack a lot of punch. Its great to hear that advocates are reviving the tactic for other projects. Good luck BikeLoudPDX!

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Morrison Bridge bikeway set to reopen permanently December 5th

Avatar by on November 15th, 2011 at 12:16 pm

December 5th!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Multnomah County confirmed today that the biking and walking path on the Morrison Bridge will re-open permanently on December 5th. The path has been closed since early June while contractors work to replace the bridge’s steel grating due to safety concerns.

The project was supposed to be completed by mid-September but has been delayed due what The Oregonian refers to as a “messy environmental and bureaucratic fight.” [Read more…]