Posted By johntarantino1 on July 9, 2010
Portland Streetcar work will close the major connection between downtown and North Portland to motor vehicles from June 6 until Sept. 4. It will also be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians starting July 19.
City transportation officials had hoped bicyclists and pedestrians could still use the south sidewalk to cross the bridge during the construction period. But after consulting with the contractors, officials have decided the bridge must be closed until the work is done.
As it turns out, the contractors have to remove the south sidewalk to complete the project, preventing anyone from bicycling or walking across it.
Detours will be posted for other routes across the Willamette River, including the Steel Bridge.
The closure is necessary for the installation of streetcar tracks on the bridge. The work is part of the Portland Streetcar extension that will extend service from the Pearl District through the inner eastside to OMSI.
A new bridge over the Willamette River will eventually carry service between OMSI and the South Waterfront, creating a streetcar loop around the central city. The bridge is also part of the planned Portland to Milwaukie MAX line.
The streetcar extension is a top priority of Mayor Sam Adams.