Steel Bridge closure begins this weekend

FILE - A man iis silhouetted as he walks along the Willamette River near the Steel Bridge Thursday, July 15, 2010, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)
FILE - A man iis silhouetted as he walks along the Willamette River near the Steel Bridge Thursday, July 15, 2010, in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Downtown Portland’s Steel Bridge will be closed intermittently over the next two weekends for railroad maintenance.

The bridge will be closed overnight Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 15-17. It will then close again overnight Feb. 22-24. The closure will run from about 11 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. on those days.

During that time, the bridge will be closed to all MAX trains, buses and vehicle traffic. MAX trains will likely begin running earlier than buses, by about 8 a.m.

TriMet reports that the largest impact will be felt on the Monday morning commutes for Feb. 17 and Feb. 24. Drivers and public transportation users should plan accordingly.

Fore MAX Blue and Red lines, shuttle buses will be in place to transport riders between the Rose Quarter Transit Center and the Old Town/Chinatown MAX station. For MAX Green and Yellow lines, buses will run between the Rose Quarter and Union stations.

Bus lines 4, 8, 35 and 44 will be detoured to the Burnside Bridge, while line 77 will run on the Broadway Bridge.

The closure is for Union Pacific Railroad maintenance, which was initially slated to begin last weekend, but was delayed due to the snowstorm.

Click here for more information, or visit TriMet’s Service Alerts page.

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