N. Going Street Bridge: 3rd lane opens ahead of schedule


The bridge has an estimated 35,000 crossings a day in both directions

Construction worker repairs North Going Street Bridge. (Courtesy Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — A third lane of travel was opened on the North Going Street Bridge Sunday afternoon after a train derailed and damaged a support beam last week.

This is the second westbound lane, which will give cars faster access to the island and reduce congestion that has affected North Greeley Avenue and Interstate Avenue during peak periods, said the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Cracks to a support beam in the North Going Street Bridge after a train derailed and collided with it.

The additional lane opened ahead of schedule. PBOT initially estimated that the third lane would not be open to traffic until next week.

PBOT crews closed the bridge to all traffic on Saturday, Sept. 7, the day of the crash, and reopened one lane in each direction on Sunday, the day after the crash. Short-term and long-term fixes are underway, however it might be several months before the bridge is fully reopened.

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