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Broadway Bridge Closed to Motor Vehicles

The Broadway Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles from 12:01 AM on Monday, March 21 until the morning of Monday, April 11 to allow a contractor to remove scaffolding used for a painting project.

The north sidewalk is scheduled to remain open during the closure. Streetcars, buses and other motor vehicles will not be able to use the bridge to ensure public safety during the removal of overhead scaffolding. The closure will not impact river traffic.

The painting project began in June 2015 and is scheduled to be completed in April 2016. When the bridge reopens with four traffic lanes on April 11, the only remaining work will be repainting the handrail along the bridge's south sidewalk.

TriMet's 17-Holgate/Broadway bus route will detour to the Steel bridge during the closure (for details, visit From March 27 through late April the Steel Bridge will be closed nightly from 10 PM to 5 AM. Buses that normally use the Steel Bridge, including Line 17, will use the Burnside Bridge during those times.

Portland Streetcar will serve both sides of the river during the closure, via the Tilikum Crossing. For detail, visit

The NW Lovejoy ramp at the west end of the Broadway Bridge will remain open for eastbound traffic to access the NW Broadway ramp to Old Town and downtown.

Alternate river crossings open to motor vehicles include the Burnside and Fremont bridges. Sidewalk users may prefer to avoid two-way traffic on the Broadway's south sidewalk and use the Steel Bridge during the closure.

Public comments about the bridge closure can be submitted to the Multnomah County Engineer here or by mail to: Bridges, 1403 SE Water Ave., Portland, OR 97214. Comments should be submitted by March 16.

For information on Multnomah County's Broadway Bridge Painting Project, visit