TriMet apologizes for flashing white light on Tillikum Crossing that is disturbing downtown residents.

PORTLAND TRIBUNE FILE PHOTO - The Tillikum Crossing over the Willamette River.TriMet has turned off a malfunctioning airplane warning light on theTillikum Bridge that is flashing white and disturbing the sleep of some downtown residents.

TriMet apopogized for the problem earlier week. Although parts have been ordered for repairs, they cannot be completed until next week, at the soonest.

The light is one of two that normally flashes red to warn approaching aircraft of the bridge. But according to TriMet, an electrical problem is causing one of them to flash white. Although replacement parts have been ordered, it may not be fixed for a couple of days.

"Unfortunately an electrical issue is affecting an Aircraft Avoidance Beacon on the southwest tower pylon of the Tilikum Crossing. The light, which is normally flashing red, is now in the safety mode of flashing white. This is due to a malfunction in the control box for the lights. We are expediting necessary parts to fix the issue but it will be at least two days before they arrive. We know that this is disruptive to those who live within eyesight of the bridge, especially in the South Waterfront. We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate their patience," TriMet public affairs manager Roberta Altstadt said in response to a question about the situation from the Portland Tribune.

The bridge carries TriMet MAX trains and buses, Portland Streetcars, pedestrians and bicyclists over the Willamette River between South Waterfront and the transit center just east of OMSI.

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