Detour ahead! Tilikum Crossing multi-use paths to close for bridge inspection

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Pedestrians, cyclists and others should plan for minor route changes across the bridge starting Monday, June 24

Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People opened Sept. 12, 2015 as part of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project

It’s that time again! TriMet’s biennial inspection of Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, is scheduled from Monday, June 24 through Thursday, June 27. Pedestrians, cyclists and people using other modes like e-scooters to cross the Willamette River in both directions will need to use a single pathway between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. for each day of the inspection. TriMet bus and MAX service and Portland Streetcar will not be affected.

We’re working to keep the Tilikum Crossing in tip-top shape and apologize for any inconvenience the temporary path closures may cause. During the inspection, you may notice workers on top of, beside and even underneath the bridge. We ask that you follow the posted detour signs and urge cyclists to walk their bikes and yield to those on foot to help keep everyone safe.

Biennial inspections of the bridge lead to temporary closures of multi-use paths

Construction closures/detours – 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day

Monday, June 24 and Tuesday, June 25

  • The eastbound multi-use path (south side of bridge) will be closed.
  • Use the westbound multi-use path on the north side of the bridge.
  • Use marked crosswalks near the South Waterfront/SW Moody MAX Station on the west end or the OMSI/SE Water MAX Station on the east end of the bridge.

Wednesday, June 26 and Thursday, June 27

  • The westbound multi-use path (north side of bridge) will be closed.
  • Use the eastbound multi-use path on the north side of the bridge.
  • Use marked crosswalks near the South Waterfront/SW Moody MAX Station on the west end or the OMSI/SE Water MAX Station on the east end of the bridge.
A MAX Orange Line train approaches Tilikum Crossing from the Harbor Way viaduct

Safety inspections are required on Tilikum Crossing and the adjacent Harbor Way structure every two years. This is the second such inspection since the bridge opened in September 2015. Learn more about Tilikum Crossing.