Intersection reopens at Terwilliger and Capitol Hwy

Portland Bureau of Transportation signal crews restored power before the evening commute

A car crashed into a power pole in SW Portland, November 3 2016. (KOIN)
A car crashed into a power pole in SW Portland, November 3 2016. (KOIN)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The intersection of Terwilliger Boulevard and Capitol Highway reopened earlier than expected after a crash caused closures through Thursday afternoon.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation said the intersection opened earlier thanks to the signal crews that restored power to the damaged power line before 4 p.m. Buses have returned to regular service.

Crews expected the roads to be closed until later in the evening, causing problems for the evening commute.

PBOT map of road closures.
PBOT map of road closures.

A car veered off the road and crashed into a power pole around midnight and knocked out the power to the traffic signals, the Portland Bureau of Transportation said.

The driver, a man in his 80’s, ended up in an embankment and was hospitalized for injuries.

Police say he is in fair condition and showed no signs of impairment.

Detours were in place and TriMet buses remain on detours for lines that run through that area. Those bus lines include 39, 44, 45, 55, 56, 61, 64, 65 and 92.

The city had to reinstall the traffic signals.