Bridge Pedal To Impact Sunday Morning Traffic in the Pearl

The annual Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday morning, August 11 involves ten Willamette River bridges and the streets connecting them to accommodate thousands of bicyclists and pedestrians taking part in the event.

The event requires some changes in how motorists get around the city, especially when crossing the Willamette River.  Bridge sidewalks remain open during the event but all travelers should expect delays on all Portland bridges before, during and immediately after the event.

The Broadway, Morrison and St. Johns bridges will be open to motorized traffic in both directions at all times.

The following information applies to Pearl District bridges during Bridge Pedal. Times are approximate:

  • The Steel Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.   MAX trains will operate on the Steel Bridge.
  • The NW Broadway ramp to the Broadway Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 6 a.m. to 11 a.m., but the NW Lovejoy Ramp will remain open.  The bridge will be open to two-way traffic during the event.
  • The Fremont Bridge (Interstate 405) will be closed to southbound (upper deck) traffic from 5 a.m. until noon, with access by bicyclists ending at 11:30 a.m.

Bridge Pedal will also require traffic changes on several state highways and Portland streets Sunday morning, including:

  • I-5 and I-405: During the temporary Marquam Bridge closure (from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.) motorists approaching the Marquam Bridge from I-5 northbound will be routed to I-405 northbound, across the lower deck of the Fremont Bridge, back to I-5 northbound. The north and southbound ramps from I-5 to southbound I-405 will be closed from 5 a.m. to noon.
  • All southbound lanes of I-405 will be closed between I-5 at the north end of the Fremont Bridge to the Marquam Bridge.  Motorists traveling to I-405 southbound from I-5 southbound will continue on I-5 southbound across the lower deck of the Marquam Bridge to I-405 northbound. All on- and off-ramps to northbound I-405 will remain open through downtown Portland.
  • All southbound lanes of I-5 and all northbound lanes of I-405 will remain open at all times.
  • The ramp from NW Couch St. and NW 16th Ave. to I-405 southbound will be closed from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from SW Taylor St. and SW 13th Ave. to southbound I-405 will be closed from 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The Broadway on ramp to northbound I-5 will be closed from 3 a.m. to noon.
  • Access to I-84 will be open from I-5 southbound as well as from the Morrison Bridge.
  • TriMet buses and MAX trains may experience delays downtown during the event.

The following bus lines will have minor detours from 5 a.m. until the event concludes: 4-Division/Fessenden, 8-Jackson Park/NE 15th Ave, 9-Powell Blvd, 12-Barbur/Sandy Blvd, 15-Belmont/NW 23rd Ave, 17-Holgate/Broadway, 19-Woodstock/Glisan, 20-Burnside/Stark, 35-Macadam/Greeley, 44-Capitol Highway/Mocks Crest, 54-Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, 56-Scholls Ferry Rd, 70-12th Ave/NE 33rd Ave, 72-Killingsworth/82nd Ave and 77-Broadway/Halsey.  Signs will direct riders to nearby and temporary stops for buses affected by reroutes.

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