05 August 2005

[pdx_life, metro_transit] Saint Johns Bridge To Reopen, TriMet to Saint Johns to Resume Normal Service

According to The Oregonian, the majestic old Saint Johns Bridge, proud recipient of The Most Beautiful Suspension Bridge In The World, By God Award (made by this 'blog, right now) is set to open to 24 hour 7 day full traffic access as of 0500 Saturday morning-or, just less than 12 hours from the time of this post.

While it's unclear exactly what remains to do as to construction finishing and cleanup (the article did not specifically mention), all four lanes of traffic and all pedestrian access will be restored at that time. This is good news for anyone who'd rather use N.W. Saint Helens Road (US 30) to get out to St Johns, anyone in greater Linnton whose tired to death of having to go all the way down to the Fremont Bridge (beautiful as that is) just to get across the river, and anyone using TriMet.

In this Rider Alert, TriMet has announced that regular service is also returning to the Saint Johns Bridge. Since work on the bridge commenced, Line 17-St Johns has had to terminate service over the bridge at 8 PM, when the bridge closed for nightly work. With it open 24 hours, all normal service will resume using the bridge, which should save Line 17 riders about seven minutes over the detour times.

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