Tram opens ahead of schedule on Monday as Springwater closure begins


Good news for those of you who rely on the Portland Aerial Tram to get from the South Waterfront up to Marquam Hill: It will re-open on July 9th — that’s 21 days ahead of schedule.

The Tram announced the change of plans today:

“Members of the repair team worked 20 hours a day in two shifts, employed innovative repair techniques and also enjoyed the benefit of excellent weather. This combination of factors led to the scheduled track rope maintenance work being completed in 16 days instead of the originally scheduled five weeks.”

Note that existing shuttles will continue to run (just not so often) through July 11th and the Go By Bike valet stations will remain open at its three temporary locations (Whitaker and Schnitzer parking lots and OHSU Student Center) through July 16th.

In related news, the Springwater Corridor path will begin a four-month closure on Monday (7/9) so the Bureau of Environmental Services and Army Corps of Engineers can install a larger culvert between the Willamette River and Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. That closure was due to begin July 1st but it was pushed back due to expected cycling traffic to the Waterfront Blues Festival and the Fourth of July holiday.

Also worth noting is that ODOT’s major repaving project on I-5 begins Sunday (7/8). A complete closure of the I-5/I-84 ramp is expected to result in congestion and possibly cut-through traffic of epic proportions. Learn more at ODOT’s website.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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