Portland freeway exits, TriMet service shuts downtown
TriMet service and freeway exits serving downtown Portland were shut down or closed Sunday afternoon, May 31, ahead of another night of expected protests.
Oregon's Department of Transportation reported that all freeway exits to the central city had been shut since around 3 p.m. including the Sunset Highway and interstates 5, 84 and 405.
"We did this in coordiantion with Portland police, who are trying to limit the access people will have coming into downtown," said ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton. "They're trying to limit the amount of problems there may be with people collecting in the downtown area."
A TriMet spokeswoman said buses and light-rail trains had stopped serving downtown at 3:30 p.m., based on "guidance" from Portland police. Buses and trains in other areas will continue to run.
Portland Streetcar service ends at 8 p.m., said spokewoman Roberta Altstadt.
"We at TriMet are saddened by the damage and violence our city has seen. We appreciate those who have are raised their voices peacefully and without vandalism," she said. "We are attempting to clean up broken glass and other hazards but it will take some time and effort."
Mayor Ted Wheeler has ordered a second curfew for the night beginning at 8 p.m., following riots on Friday night and dozens of arrests during protests on both sides of the river on Saturday night.
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