Portland Marathon to impact traffic, TriMet routes Sunday, Oct. 2
With the Portland Marathon returning for its 50th year Sunday, Oct. 2, drivers and public transit riders should expect road closures and delays along the marathon's route through the city.
The race begins at 7 a.m. and ends at 1:45 p.m., but traffic impacts may occur before and after that timeframe for setup and takedown operations.
With thousands of race participants and spectators, parking downtown will be hard to find. Also, some bridges across the Willamette will see partial closures before the race begins until its conclusion.
Roads used for the race will be closed to all vehicles until the last runner passes the area and traffic control devices have been removed. Vehicles will be turned away one block prior to reaching the race route.
No parking is allowed along roads used for the race from 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, through 2 p.m. Sunday. Vehicles parked along the race route during that time will be towed to the nearest possible street where parking is allowed. People can call 503-823-0044 if their car is towed.
The race starts and ends near Portland's Waterfront Park at Southwest Salmon Street and Naito Parkway. Runners will then travel through the Pearl District, making their way to Southwest Macadam Avenue, where they'll run south and cross the Sellwood Bridge. The route then goes through the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood to Southeast Milwaukee Avenue. Runners will travel north through Southeast Portland near the Willamette River, ultimately crossing the Burnside Bridge. For a detailed map of the race's route and more information about traffic impacts in specific neighborhoods, click here.
Riders traveling via MAX through downtown Portland and Old Town/Chinatown should plan extra time, as all light rail lines will be impacted. The race also will affect 20 bus lines in those areas, but TriMet expects impacts to be minimal. Riders can check trimet.org/alerts or twitter.com/trimetalerts for updates.
The following bridges will be impacted by the race:
• The Broadway Bridge will be closed to all motor vehicles, including TriMet buses and Portland Streetcar, from 6:30 to 9 a.m. TriMet's Line 17 bus will detour to the Steel Bridge. Sidewalks will remain open for bicyclists and pedestrians. Drivers can use the Steel or Fremont bridges during the closure.
• The Burnside Bridge's north sidewalk, bike lane and outside westbound lane will be closed from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. TriMet bus lines 12 and 19 will detour to Steel Bridge. Line 20 detours to Hawthorne Bridge.
• The Morrison Bridge onramp from Southwest Naito Parkway, the bridge's north and south traffic lanes and the Southeast Water Avenue ramp will remain closed due to construction. The south shared-use path on the bridge will be closed from noon to 2 p.m.
• The Sellwood Bridge's north sidewalk and westbound lane will be closed from 6:30 to 10:45 a.m. The south sidewalk and eastbound lane will remain open. Westbound drivers can use the Ross Island Bridge as an alternate route.
Additionally, the lift spans of the Broadway and Burnside bridges will not open for river traffic from 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
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