PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — West Burnside will remain closed through the weekend after a landslide washed debris and trees across the road late Tuesday night.
Portland Bureau of Transportation officials said hundreds of cubic yards of debris from Forest Park were pushed onto the road around 11 p.m Tuesday. Large trees were strewn across the road, including one onto the Barbara Walker Crossing pedestrian bridge.
“It’s a very significant slide more than 100 cubic yards of debris were displaced on a hillside near the Barbara Walker Crossing — that’s a pedestrian bridge that was just opened in Fall of 2019 — so it’s really a brand new bridge,” said PBOT’s Dylan Rivera. “At least a half a dozen trees were also displaced and moved by the slide, powerlines were affected.”
Portland Parks & Rec, who manage the bridge, said they’ll need to conduct a structural evaluation when possible. The bridge could be closed longer if it’s found to have structural damage.
“We’ve been able to do very little work on the slide itself because it’s so hazardous with the downed powerlines,” he said. “The first step is to remove the risk of electricity of the down power lines, the second step is to remove the large logs, trees.”
Crews with Portland General Electric have been hard at work to make the area safe for additional crews, including PBOT and Portland Parks and Rec.
“We think we can have the road reopened by Monday morning,” Rivera said. “That’s the goal right now and we will keep the public posted when that timing changes.”
Eastbound traffic is detoured at Skyline Road. Westbound traffic is detoured at SW Tichner Drive. Alternate routes include U.S. 26, U.S. 30 and NW Cornell Road.