The Fremont/Interstate 405 Bridge will undergo federally mandated bridge inspections this week. The Oregon Department of Transportation will close sections of the bridge to all users for several nights. The work is not part of the Ramps Project.
Bridge inspections closures are:
- The full top deck of I-405 southbound on the Fremont Bridge and the I-405 southbound ramp to U.S. 30 west will close 10 p.m.-5 a.m. Tuesday to Wednesday, June 11 to 12.
- Northbound I-405 to U.S. 30 westbound will close from 10 p.m-5 a.m., Wednesday-Thursday, June 12 to 13.
- The full bottom deck of I-405 northbound on the Fremont Bridge and the ramp from U.S. 30 east to I-405 north will close nightly from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Thursday-Sunday, June 13 to 16.
Drivers can access Interstate 5 north and southbound by taking I-405 south to I-5.
On top of the inspection work for the Fremont this week, I-405 continues to have construction delays and closures related to the Ramps Project. For this week, expect single lane closures on the I-405 northbound exit to North Kerby and North Cook and on the North Kerby on-ramp to I-405 southbound through June 13.
An all-hours/days weekend ramp closure is coming beginning 8 p.m. Friday, June 14. More on that later in the week.
FREMONT BRIDGE 7:20 a.m.: Stall blocks a center lane of I-405 northbound on the Fremont.
VANCOUVER 6:45 a.m.: Crash in the right lane of I-5 southbound in Vancouver near the Main Street overpass.
Update 7 a.m.: Cleared.
With a heat advisory in effect for the Portland area, commuters can feel free to take MAX and WES trains without fear of heat-related slowdowns. TriMet has been working to reduce MAX and WES delays when temperatures climb. The old system required trains to slow in heats exceeding 90 degrees. But, prior to the summer of 2018, TriMet crews made improvements to the overhead wire system and track areas along the MAX Blue and Red lines to allow trains to run at normal speeds in temperatures up to 100 degrees.
More recent improvements made by TriMet and Portland & Western Railroad will also allow WES trains to run regularly in temperatures as high as 100 degrees.
Let us know if you experience any heat-related train delays on Tuesday or Wednesday.
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