Bridge work to affect metro traffic this weekend

Interstate Bridge, Sellwood Bridge, Hawthorne Bridge, MAX disruptions

The Interstate Bridge connecting Washington and Oregon in Vancouver, September 2, 2015 (KOIN)
The Interstate Bridge connecting Washington and Oregon in Vancouver, September 2, 2015 (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — If you’re going to travel pretty much anywhere in the Portland metro area this weekend, get ready for detours and delays.

Both spans of the Interstate Bridge will lift multiple times overnight for maintenance work that takes place every summer. The bridge lifts will occur between 10 p.m. Friday, August 19 and 8 a.m. Saturday, August 20. Crews will use this time to grease six miles of cable on the bridge. Each lift could last as long as 25 minutes. To avoid the delays, use the Glenn Jackson Bridge.

The Sellwood Bridge will close for several days beginning 7 p.m. Friday, August 19. The closure won’t last longer than 6 a.m. Tuesday, August 23. The bridge will also close to bicyclists and pedestrians. Crews need to seal the bridge deck, remove temporary striping, add permanent lane striping, and activate new traffic signals at each end of the bridge. When the bridge reopens, westbound traffic across the bridge will be able to turn left onto OR 43 southbound. There will also be some traffic changes at the intersection of Tacoma and 6th Avenue.

The Hawthorne Bridge closes during the day both Saturday and Sunday, August 20 and 21. Crews will conduct repair work on the bridge lift span between 5 a.m. and 5 p.m. Bridge sidewalks will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians. TriMet bus lines 4, 6, 14, and 15 will detour to the Burnside Bridge.

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