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TriMet to close Steel Bridge for MAX light-rail work

The upper deck of the 108-year-old bridge will be closed Aug. 2-29.
Photo – TriMet


The Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon (TriMet) next month will temporarily close the Steel Bridge over the Willamette River in Portland to perform major repairs to the MAX light-rail system. 

The upper deck of the 108-year-old bridge will be closed Aug. 2-29 while improved lift joints and locks, new switches and signal equipment are installed.

In addition, crews will replace 9,000 linear feet of rail and expansion rail.

The improvements are necessary to reduce incidents that slow or disrupt bridge access, TriMet officials said in a press release.

The closure will disrupt all MAX lines; shuttle buses will replace some service.


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