PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – Commuters should avoid Downtown Portland’s Morrison Bridge Sunday, which will be shut down for an assessment.
The bridge will be closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. so that Multnomah County inspectors can examine the condition of the lift span deck panels that were installed in 2011 and 2012. The panels have shown some premature wear, and the county is currently suing the contractors over the workmanship.
The bridge’s ramps to Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 will be closed. Drivers can access I-5 south from Highway 99E, and I-5 north from Northeast Broadway and Williams Avenue. They can use Northeast Grand Avenue and Everett Street to get to I-84 east.
TriMet’s Belmont bus line 15 will use the Burnside Bridge during the closure.
The Morrison Bridge will have two more closures in the coming month for the ongoing inspections – March 23 and April 12.
Meanwhile, the county is intermittently closing one outside lane of the bridge for ongoing removal of decking material in the lift span area.