Street closures planned for Obama’s visit to PDX

PBOT encouraging people to work from home or ride bikes to work

Traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge with the KOIN Tower in the background, December 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge with the KOIN Tower in the background, December 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — As President Barack Obama prepares for his visit to Portland later this week, local police are warning the public of several traffic-related inconveniences that are expected.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is encouraging people to work from home, if possible, or ride to work via bicycle on Thursday and Friday in order to avoid the traffic delays.

From 2-8 p.m. Thursday, the area from SW Morrison to Washington — 9th-12th Avenues — will be closed to all traffic, including the Portland Streetcar. Pedestrians will have limited access to the closed area at SW 11th Avenue and Morrison Street.

Starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, the area from Southwest Morrison to Stark Street, and 4th Avenue to Broadway, will be closed to all traffic including the TriMet bus mall and the Yellow and Green MAX lines. The area will reopen at 9 a.m. Friday. There will be limited pedestrian access to the area at SW 5th Avenue and Stark Street.

A map of the closures in downtown Portland for Obama's visit, May 7-8 (KOIN)
A map of the closures in downtown Portland for Obama’s visit, May 7-8 (KOIN)

The Portland Streetcar will run a modified service with Central Loop trains connecting NW 23rd Avenue to the Lloyd District and OMSI via the Broadway Bridge.

The North/South line will operate between South Waterfront and PSU, but the streetcar will not provide service on 10th and 11th Avenues from 2-8 p.m.

MAX Green and Yellow lines will be disrupted beginning at 6:30 p.m. Thursday until 9 a.m. Friday. The Green and Yellow lines will run on the Blue and Red tracks on 1st Avenue and Morrison/Yamhill in Portland City Center. Buses will detour off the transit mall on 5th and 6th Avenues between SW Oak and Yamhill Streets from 7 p.m. Thursday to 9 a.m. Friday.

TriMet is encouraging riders to plan extra time for their commutes during the president’s visit. Delays may be significant Thursday afternoon and Friday morning. Get the latest TriMet schedule updates for President Obama’s visit.

Motorcades are expected to disrupt the morning commute on Friday morning.

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