Posted By johntarantino1 on May 16, 2010
The Portland Bureau of Transportation distributed a truck traffic advisory today that said the Broadway Bridge will close to trucks and large vehicles for 13 months beginning Monday, May 10. The four-lane bridge will be reduced to one lane in each direction with 12-foot height clearance due to streetcar construction.
Trucks and large vehicles that cannot meet the temporary height limit of 12 feet must use detours, such as recommended routes that take eastbound trucks over the Fremont Bridge and westbound trucks over the Burnside Bridge. The middle lanes of the bridge will be closed, shifting traffic to the lower clearance outside lanes.
Drivers of passenger vehicles and cars not affected by the temporary 12-foot height restriction are advised to expect delays on the Broadway Bridge and use alternate routes through July 5. Drivers should also expect delays on Broadway, Weidler and Lovejoy in the vicinity of the bridge.
Pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained during the current phase of construction. The traveling public is advised to always use caution in construction zones.
In addition, the Broadway Bridge will close to all auto/truck traffic for two nights on Monday, May 10, and Tuesday, May 11, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Beginning July 6, the Broadway Bridge is scheduled to be closed to all vehicles until September 3. These construction dates are subject to change. More information will be coming in the months ahead.
For more information on streetcar construction, please visit www.portlandstreetcar.org or contact Kay Dannen at 503-478-6404 or firstname.lastname@example.org.