August 11, 2017

Construction work on the Broadway Bridge will impact traffic in the next week, including the Portland Streetcar.  The work is related to the replacement of large steel wheels and tracks that help the bridge open for river traffic.

  • August 13-14 Streetcar Work: From 6 p.m. on Sunday until at least Monday night, Portland Streetcar service will be shut down on the east side of the bridge while a contractor adjusts overhead wires on the bridge for the Rall wheel project.
    • Bus shuttles will serve all east side streetcar stations.
    • Riders will need to wait at temporary east side stations across the street from left side platforms on Broadway, Weidler and 7th Ave.
    • Streetcars will serve all stations between OMSI and the Pearl District on the west side.
    • Transfers between bus and streetcar will occur at OMSI and at NW 11th and Marshall.
    • The NS streetcar line will operate on normal schedule.
    • Streetcar fares will be accepted on the bus shuttle.
  • August 13 Night Work: From 6 p.m. on Sunday until 6 a.m. on Monday, the bridge will be closed to all traffic except TriMet buses as crews adjust overhead wires.  Sidewalks remain open.
  • August 14 Day Work: In addition to work being performed by the contractor, there will be large inspection trucks and personnel performing routine inspection of the bridge.  This work should not affect traffic.
  • August 14 Night Work: From 7 p.m. on Monday until 6 a.m. Tuesday flaggers will direct bridge traffic on a single open lane. Sidewalks remain open. (This traffic pattern will continue the night of August 15 if work is not completed on August 14.)
  • August 16 Night Closure: All traffic lanes will be closed from 11:30 p.m. on Wednesday until 5 a.m. on Thursday while concrete traffic barriers are installed on the bridge.  Sidewalks will remain open. TriMet’s #17 Broadway/Holgate bus route will detour to the Steel Bridge. Streetcar service is not impacted at this late hour.

During the work, bridge users can avoid delays by using alternate crossings such as the Fremont Bridge (motor vehicles) or the Steel Bridge (all modes of traffic).

The two outside traffic lanes on the Broadway Bridge are closed throughout the project, which is scheduled to be completed late this year. The four original Rall wheels and tracks are worn and cracked after a century of use.  Each wheel is eight feet in diameter and weighs 88,000 pounds.

Multnomah County maintains the Broadway Bridge and five other Willamette River bridges. For bridge information, visit or @MultcoBridges on Twitter.   For streetcar information, visit or @PDXStreetcar on Twitter.