Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: Fleet ships arrive, and bridges go up – expect delays

Many of Portland’s bridges will need to lift to allow for Fleet Week ships to pass. (

The Rose Festival Fleet pulls into the port at Portland’s Tom McCall Waterfront Park beginning around 3 p.m. Wednesday (times are approximate) and again around 3 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Commuters who use several of Portland’s Willamette River bridges will experience delays as many of them will need to rise for ships to pass under.

To avoid the lifts, use the Marquam (I-5), Fremont (I-405), Ross Island or Hawthorne bridges. Bikes and pedestrians can also use the Tilikum Crossing Bridge.

MAX lines will experience delays for Steel Bridge lifts. TriMet bus lines traveling across the Broadway, Steel and Burnside bridges will also be delayed. Consider using a bus line that crosses the river using the Hawthorne or Ross Island bridges to minimize delays.

Expect similar disruptions on Thursday as the remainder of the fleet arrives Thursday afternoon.

Junior Rose Festival Parade is on Wednesday, June 6.

Also Wednesday the Junior Rose Festival Parade winds through the Hollywood District from 1-2 p.m. Expect delays and detours if traveling Northeast Sandy Boulevard from 52nd-40th avenues.

Two U.S. Navy ships along with three U.S. Coast Guard vessels and two ships from the Royal Canadian Navy, will be in the city through June 10 offering public tours and participating in the annual festivities. U.S. Navy ships will be open for public tours 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., June 8-10. All visitors will be required to present government-issued photo identification and pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint prior to boarding the ships. Get more information here: Fleet Week.

Expect lengthy delays on McLoughlin Boulevard in Oregon City south of Railroad Avenue tunnel for construction that starts Wednesday.

McLoughlin Blvd in #OregonCity S of the Railroad Ave tunnel will be limited to one lane each direction, around the clock starting Wed, Jun 6 for a rockfall protection project. Occasional 20 minute full closures may also be necessary. Expect lengthy delays in the area. #PDXtraffic pic.twitter.com/zKadH2HXTK

— Oregon DOT (@OregonDOT) June 5, 2018

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