PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — CityFair kicked off Friday night with ribbon cutting and fireworks to celebrate the Rose Festival, but with the fun also comes a traffic headache.
Naito Parkway is closed down for more than 10 clocks along the waterfront for the next 3 weekends while CityFair is happening.
Drivers are detouring onto SW Morrison coming off the bridge. Detour signs are posted on SW Columbia and Couch Streets, where there has was a bit of a bottleneck of cars trying to get around throughout the day.
There are also crowds of people walking to the festival that are also holding up traffic.
Dylan Rivera with the Department of Transportation said police have done this for the festival every year for about 20 years, so it’s nothing new. Some drivers were still caught off guard by the closure.
“It just gets stuck up here and it’s not very fun,” Clay Gartner said.
Public transportation may be a less frustrating option for commuters and people heading to CityFair, because parking nearby is also limited.