Morrison bridge closed to traffic Sunday

The bridge will be closed for maintenance

The Morrison Bridge in downtown Portland, January 2015 (KOIN 6 News)
The Morrison Bridge in downtown Portland, January 2015 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – Multnomah County will close the Morrison Bridge to motor vehicle traffic on Sunday for inspection and maintenance work on the troublesome lift span deck.

The closure starts at 7 a.m. and could last until as late as 7 p.m. The bridge that crosses the Willamette River into downtown Portland will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Inspectors will take a look at the defective deck panels installed in 2011 and 2012 during a bridge resurfacing project that went wrong.

The county plans to replace the lift deck span in 2016

To access downtown Portland from the freeways during the closure, I-5 southbound drivers can exit at the Rose Quarter/Broadway Bridge and I-84 westbound drivers can exit at Rose Quarter/Weidler exits.

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