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Major Portland street will close for a new bridge and work on the existing Burnside Bridge through the weekend

KOIN 6 NEWS - Workers preparing to install the bridge over West Burnside.Two sections of Burnside Street in Portland will be closed starting Friday night through the weekend until early Monday.

According to the city, West Burnside in the West Hills will close so crews can install the new Barbara Walker Crossing. The bridge will provide a safe route across Burnside on the Wildwood Trail between Washington Park and Forest Park.

West Burnside will be closed between Northwest Hermosa Boulevard and Northwest Barnes Road from 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, until 4 a.m. on Monday, Oct. 14.

During the closure, TriMet's Bus 20 will experience service disruptions. In addition. the sections of the Wildwood Trail near the construction site will remain closed during this time and until the bridge is open to the public later this fall.

At roughly the same time, Multnomah County will close the Burnside Bridge in downtown to all users from 11 p.m. on Friday until as late as 5 a.m. on Monday to allow contractor Hamilton Construction to complete repairs of deck joints at the east end of the bridge.

The work is weather-dependent and will be rescheduled in the event of heavy rain. This is one of the last tasks the contractor needs to complete before the bridge can fully reopen to traffic in November.

During the closure, TriMet bus routes 12, 19 and 20 will detour to the Steel Bridge.

Drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians can use the Morrison and Steel bridges as alternate routes.

The repairs are part of the $19.1 million Burnside Bridge Maintenance Project. The project includes structural, mechanical, electrical, and surface repairs designed to extend the life of the 93-year-old bridge.


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