There will be a temporary speed reduction on the bridge to maintain a safe environment throughout the construction zone.
The St. Johns Bridge will remain open to vehicles during the project. In addition to the temporary speed reduction, we are expecting up to five nights of single lane closures on the St. Johns Bridge from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m.
Impacts to People Who Walk, Roll and Ride Bicycles
The St. Johns Bridge will remain open to pedestrians and bicycles during the project. People who walk, roll and ride bicycles on the sidewalks of the St. Johns bridge will share one sidewalk when the other sidewalk is closed for 30 days at a time for the duration of the 60-day project. There will be a temporary pedestrian access route to guide pedestrians and bicyclists on the sidewalk across the bridge during construction. People on bikes can also choose to ride in the vehicle travel lane.
Lane and Sidewalk Closure Details
Park, river, and railroad users will not be affected. One travel lane on the bridge will close to traffic for five nights between 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Full closures of the bridge sidewalks will allow equipment to be set up for the work areas under the bridge. Sidewalk closures will occur 24/7 for 30 days at a time on each side of the bridge. When work shifts to the other side of the bridge, a second full sidewalk closure will be in effect for 30 days. One sidewalk on each side of the bridge will remain open at a time.
What You can Expect to See
Work will be performed on scaffolding under the bridge. It will not be visible from the top of the bridge. Workers will use the closed portion of the bridge sidewalk to stage the equipment and tools used in the project. While people using the Willamette River, the railway or Cathedral Park won’t have travel impacts, they may notice temporary scaffolding beneath the bridge while the project is underway. Temporary pedestrian routes and construction signs will be visible on the bridge.
Daytime construction noise will occur periodically from heavy equipment, construction trucks, beeping vehicle reverse noise (a requirement by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration), and other equipment, such as generators, compressors and pneumatic tools. Those working or living in the area may be affected. All of the work will happen during the day.
- Be patient. Walk, drive, roll and bike safely.
- Stay alert. Watch for temporary construction signs, and pedestrian and bicycle routes on the bridge.
- Share the sidewalk. Be courteous to other people who are walking, rolling and biking on the bridge.
- Walk your bike. When passing other pedestrians on the sidewalk, we strongly recommend walking your bike.