Portland Metro Wednesday Traffic: TriMet elevator improvement program starts tomorrow

Commuters who rely on the elevator at the NE 60th Ave MAX Station will need to find an alternate route for the next 12-14 weeks as TriMet begins a multi-million-dollar project to repair or replace elevators across the metro area. For those who cannot use the stairs, lack of access to platforms due to elevator closures can cause extreme delays. TriMet has set up a special website to help travelers navigate the closures: www.trimet.org/elevators

You can read more about the project and the closures here:

Portland General Electric will work on an overhead transmission line on Sandy Boulevard in the Fairview area 9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily through Saturday, May 19. Drivers should expect delays up to 15 minutes, flaggers and closed lanes in Fairview in the area of Northeast Blossom Hill Road and Willow Glen roads along Sandy Boulevard.

Alternate routes include Northeast Halsey Boulevard, Marine Drive or Interstate 84.

The Oregon Department of Transportation warns imminent Interstate Bridge lifts due to high water in the Columbia River. The river level is rising because warmer temperatures have increased the snowmelt in the region. ODOT expects river levels at the bridge to continue rising during the next week, perhaps by another three feet, according to a recent release. Travelers should expect more frequent bridge lifts.

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