West Burnside partially open after landslide

The road has been closed from NW 23rd Ave. to NW Skyline Blvd

West Burnside partially re-opened after crews repaired a landslide, January 20, 2017 (PBOT)
West Burnside partially re-opened after crews repaired a landslide, January 20, 2017 (PBOT)


PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A landslide closed the westbound lanes of West Burnside Street on Wednesday evening, and officials said it may impact that area through next week.

However, Friday afternoon, one lane each way was re-opened after extra effort by crews from PBOT and Parks & Rec.

A landslide on W. Burnside closes all lanes between 23rd and Skyline on January 18, 2017. (KOIN)
A landslide on W. Burnside closes all lanes between 23rd and Skyline on January 18, 2017. (KOIN)

Crews told KOIN the landslide stretches about 80 yards and could get worse.

The road has been closed from NW 23rd Ave. to NW Skyline Blvd., and road crews set up barricades to keep the public a safe distance away.

Engineers inspected at least one home that may have been affected.

Local access is permitted for residents westbound to NW Uptown Terrace and eastbound to NW Maywood Dr. and NW Hermosa Blvd.

Drivers are urged to avoid the area. Westbound lanes will be closed through the Thursday morning commute, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

PBOT officials at the scene said commuters should expect heavier traffic on US 26 and Cornell.

Karin McKercher lives above the landslide and said the aftermath of a storm like this is always concerning.

“Just with the rain and the amount of snow that’s been melting it seemed pretty obvious to me,” McKercher said. “Cause you’ve got a number of trees that have gone down this winter, taken power out in the neighborhood as well. You wonder about the stability of the hill altogether.”

Thankfully McKercher’s home was not at risk and no one was hurt.