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Expect road and bridge closures during Providence Bridge Pedal on Sunday

Here's a look at the closures and traffic impact to Portland and other areas during the event.

PORTLAND, Ore. — Multiple roads and bridges will be closed or partially closed during this Sunday's Providence Bridge Pedal and Multnomah County officials said travelers should expect delays before, during and immediately following the event.

The Providence Bridge Pedal is returning after taking 2020 off because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The longtime event is expected to bring thousands of cyclists to Portland on Sunday morning.

The event will impact traffic on multiple Willamette River bridges and the streets connecting them. While the Broadway, Burnside, St. Johns and Tilikum Crossing bridges aren't included in this year's event, those bridges are likely to see increased numbers of bicyclists and pedestrians.

The Sellwood, Ross Island, Marquam, Hawthorne, Morrison, Steel and Fremont bridges will be partially or fully closed Sunday morning for the event. In addition, the following roads will be closed during the event:

  • Southwest Naito Parkway between Northwest Davis Street and Southwest Barbur Boulevard
  • Southeast Clay Street to traffic west of Southeast 2nd Avenue
  • Southeast Water Avenue from Southeast Caruthers Street to Southeast Stark Avenue

The event will also require traffic changes on several state highways and TriMet buses and MAX trains may experience delays. All bridges should fully reopen by noon, county officials said.  

See a full list of closures, partial closures, detours and traffic changes at the bottom of this article.

In the past 25 years, more than 300,000 people have participated in the bridge pedal. Organizer Rick Bauman said it's a great way to celebrate the city. "The bridges, the views you get up there, and this time I think it's a return to normalcy," Bauman said.

People of all ages can participate in the event and you don't have to be on a bike. There are long rides equaling 26 miles, a 13-mile ride over the downtown bridges and a 3-mile kid-friendly route. There's also a 5-mile walk.

"We will stretch from the Sellwood Bridge, down to the south end of town, up through the Fremont Bridge," Bauman said. "So eight bridges will be involved this year."

If people want to register for the event, they can go to the bridge pedal website. The first 7,500 people to register will get a free T-shirt.

Proceeds to charity

The proceeds from the bridge pedal also go toward a special cause. DJ Alex works with a Providence Health & Services program called Better Outcomes Through Bridges. She said when patients are in the hospital with issues related to drugs, she offers a chance for change.

Credit: Bryant Clerkley

"When I found out the bridge pedal was donating money to Providence and it's coming to our program, that's huge." Alex said.

Alex can identify with their struggles. She spent years as an addict on the streets and years in prison and knows the importance of the bridge ride continuing to create better outcomes.

"It would just expand our program even more, Providence is doing amazing things out there," Alex said. "They're really connecting with the community. That's why I am so proud to be able to work for them, they gave me a chance."

Providence Bridge Pedal Traffic Impact

The following information was provided to KGW by Multnomah County:

Portland bridges

This applies to motorized traffic on Portland bridges during the event. Times are approximate:

  • On the Sellwood Bridge, participants will use the north sidewalk and bike lane from 7 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. Traffic lanes remain open in both directions.
  • The Ross Island Bridge will be closed to westbound traffic from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The Marquam Bridge (Interstate 5) will be closed to northbound (upper deck) traffic from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The Hawthorne Bridge will be closed eastbound from 6 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., along with the center westbound lane and the Southeast Water Avenue ramp.
  • The Morrison Bridge will have all westbound lanes and one eastbound lane open. The south and center eastbound lanes will be closed from 4 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., as well as the on-ramp from Southwest Naito Parkway and off-ramp to Southeast Water Avenue.
  • The Steel Bridge will be closed to eastbound traffic from 6:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. MAX service will not be affected.  
  • The Fremont Bridge (Interstate 405) will be closed to southbound (upper deck) traffic from 4 a.m. until noon, with access by bicyclists ending at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Hawthorne, Morrison and Steel drawbridges will not open for river traffic between 6:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

Portland streets

  • Southwest Naito Parkway between Northwest Davis Street and Southwest Barbur Boulevard
  • Southeast Clay Street to traffic west of Southeast 2nd Avenue
  • Southeast Water Avenue from Southeast Caruthers Street to Southeast Stark Avenue

State highways

  • I-5 and I-405: During the temporary Marquam Bridge closure (from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.), motorists approaching the Marquam Bridge from I-5 northbound will be routed to I-405 northbound, across the lower deck of the Fremont Bridge, back to I-5 northbound. The north and southbound ramps from I-5 to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • All southbound lanes of I-405 will be closed between I-5 at the north end of the Fremont Bridge to the Marquam Bridge. Motorists traveling to I-405 southbound from I-5 southbound will continue on I-5 southbound across the lower deck of the Marquam Bridge to I-405 northbound. All on- and off-ramps to northbound I-405 will remain open through downtown Portland.
  • All southbound lanes of I-5 and all northbound lanes of I-405 will remain open at all times.
  • The ramp from Northwest Couch Street and Northwest 16th Avenue to I-405 southbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from Southwest Taylor Street and Southwest 13th Avenue to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from Southwest Montgomery Street and Southwest 13th Avenue to southbound I-405 will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from Southwest 5th Avenue to I-405 southbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. 
  • The ramp from I-405 southbound to U.S. 30 westbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • North Going Street to I-5 south will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • Access to I-84 will be open from I-5 southbound.
  • North Cook Street and North Kerby access to the top deck of the Fremont Bridge will be closed from 4 a.m. to noon.
  • Starting at 4 a.m., motorists traveling eastbound on U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) to I-405 southbound will take northbound I-405 across the Fremont Bridge to southbound I-5. This detour will remain until 11 a.m.
  • The ramp from Southeast Woodward Street to Ross Island Bridge westbound will be closed from 4 a.m. to 11 a.m.
  • Oregon Highway 43 (Southwest Macadam Avenue): Starting at 6 a.m., one northbound lane will close at Southwest Carolina Street and exits will close to Highway 26 eastbound, Ross Island and Highway 26 west/City Center until 10 am.
  • U.S. 30: From 4 a.m. to 11 a.m. the ramp from U.S. 30 eastbound to I-405 southbound will be closed.  The ramp being closed is Northwest Bridge Avenue between the bridge and U.S. 30 eastbound.

TriMet buses and MAX trains

TriMet buses and MAX trains may experience delays in downtown Portland during the event. Signs will direct riders to nearby and temporary stops for buses affected by detours. Check before you go at trimet.org/alerts. The following bus lines will have minor detours from the start of service until the event concludes:

  • 2: Division
  • 4: Fessenden
  • 6: Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard
  • 8: Jackson Park/Northeast 15th
  • 9: Powell Boulevard
  • 14: Hawthorne
  • 16: Front Avenue/St Helens Road
  • 17: Holgate/Broadway
  • 19: Woodstock/Glisan
  • 24: Fremont/Northwest 18th
  • 35: Macadam/Greeley
  • 44: Capitol Highway/Mocks Crest
  • 54: Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
  • 56: Scholls Ferry Road
  • 77: Broadway/Halsey 
  • Portland Streetcar will operate a normal Sunday schedule