The Morrison Bridge will be closed to all traffic for as long as two weeks starting Monday, October 9 at 12:01 a.m. The closure will impact motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. The bridge will reopen earlier than Sunday, October 22 if the work is completed ahead of schedule. The project is nearly complete. During the week of October 23 there will be lane closures at off-peak hours while the contractor removes construction equipment. All six traffic lanes will be open by October 31.
The two-week bridge closure will impact traffic on nearby roads and bridges. Details of the traffic plan include:
- Ramps between the Morrison Bridge and Interstate 5 and Interstate 84 will be closed, except for the ramp from the Morrison Bridge westbound to I-5 north.
- The closure will increase congestion on the Hawthorne and Burnside bridges during commute hours. Commuting drivers may want to avoid the drawbridges by:
- Using the Marquam and Fremont bridges westbound in the morning to access downtown
- Exiting downtown via Interstate 405 to the Marquam and Fremont bridges to access I-5 and I-84 in the afternoon
- Due to construction that has closed two lanes on the Broadway Bridge, the bridge is not recommended as an alternate route.
- Motorists can also access I-84 eastbound at NE Grand Avenue and NE Everett Street or NE Irving and NE 16th Ave.
- Access to I-5 north on the eastside is from the ramp at NE Broadway and N Williams Ave.
- I-5 south traffic can access the onramp to Highway 99E/U.S. 26.