Broadway and Sellwood bridges set for closures

Drivers should look for alternative routes

Two bridge closures will affect Portland traffic in coming days.

The Broadway Bridge will be closed for much of Sunday, Sept. 18. Additional work will close some lanes during parts of the following week. And the Sellwood Bridge will be closed for several hours Sunday.

The Broadway Bridge will be closed to all traffic on Sunday from 7 a.m. until as late as 7 p.m. for tests related to the lift span mechanism. Motorists will not be able to use the bridge Sunday morning anyway because the Race for the Cure event will block access it.

Traffic will also be affected Wednesday through Saturday for tests related to the rail wheel system that opens the drawbridge portion of the bridge. The tests will require numerous openings. On Wednesday and Thursday, outside traffic lanes will be closed during installation of testing gear. Three test lifts lasting up to 15 minutes each will occur between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday,

A project to repair the system is in the planning phase. Alternate river crossings available during the closure include the Burnside, Steel and Fremont bridges. The Steel Bridge is the nearest crossing for bicyclists and pedestrians. TriMet's 9-Powell/Broadway bus route will detour to the Steel Bridge during the closure.

The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles from 7 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m on Sunday, Sept. 18. The closure will allow a contractor to remove small concrete samples from the bridge deck in preparation for relocating it during the replacement project that begins next year. A crew will also fill pot holes and work on bridge traffic lights during the closure.

The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians during the closure. Motor vehicles should use alternate crossings such as the Ross Island or Interstate 205 bridges.

During the replacement project, the river spans will be moved 40 feet north next spring to create a detour bridge and make space for construction of the new bridge.

Multnomah County maintains the Broadway and Sellwood bridges. For more information, visit