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I-84 to Close for Bike/Ped Bridge Construction
It will also serve as an important link for Portland’s Green Loop

After over a year of construction to build the bridge's foundations, the Portland Bureau of Transportation's Congressman Earl Blumenauer Pedestrian and Bicycle Bridge is ready for the next phase of its installation.

The approximately 450,000 lb. and 400-foot-long bridge will be lifted and rolled into place over Sullivan's Gulch the weekend of Oct. 8. The bridge will then be attached to a temporary tower between the I-84 freeway and railroad tracks. Following the initial bridge placement, crews will connect the bridge to the north landing as part of the final phase of construction. When complete, the Blumenauer Bridge will connect pedestrians and people biking on NE 7th Avenue between two of Portland's fastest growing neighborhoods-- Lloyd and the Central Eastside -- and beyond. In the future it will also serve as an important link for Portland's Green Loop.

Both eastbound and westbound I-84 will be closed around the clock from 10 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8 to 5 a.m. Monday, Oct. 11.

People driving should expect delays and use alternate routes or ways of getting around, such as walking, biking, or taking transit.

Here are the closure details:

I-84 eastbound
All I-84 eastbound lanes will close from I-5 to Cesar Chavez Boulevard, including:

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I-84 westbound
All I-84 westbound lanes will close at I-205 including: For real time traffic information during the closure, go to TripCheck.com. This work is weather dependent and the schedule may change.

When it opens in Summer 2022, the bridge will be seismically resilient and serve as a backup route for emergency vehicles over I-84 in the event of an earthquake. In addition to the bridge, the project includes two new public plazas and landings on the north and south sides of the bridge.

Funding for the project comes from the Oregon Convention Center Urban Renewal Area and from Transportation System Development Charges, which are fees paid by development to mitigate the impact of new users of the transportation system. Other funding sources include a commitment from the nonprofit transportation management association Go Lloyd and the Central Eastside Industrial Council. The estimated construction cost is $13.7 million.




--Staff Reports

Post Date: 2021-09-26 12:30:11Last Update: 2021-09-26 12:59:04



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