PORTLAND, Ore. – The weekend closure of Interstate 84 caused traffic headaches on Interstate 5 Saturday.
The eastbound lanes of I-84 will be closed until 5 a.m. Monday from I-5 to I-205 as part of a major repaving project.
On Saturday afternoon, the Oregon Department of Transportation closed both Morrison Bridge on-ramps to I-5 northbound to relieve heavy traffic on the interstate. The closure will stay in place until I-84 reopens Monday morning.
Drivers can take Northeast Grand Avenue to Broadway to reach I-5 northbound.
"I-5 northbound across the Marquam Bridge has been a parking lot and drivers have experienced gridlock out there," said ODOT spokeswoman Kimberly Dinwiddie. "When we saw that the Marquam Bridge wasn't moving we decided we needed to do something."
Dinwiddie said the Rose Quarter area has also seen heavy traffic Saturday.
The I-84 closure is the first of three weekend closures. I-84 will also be closed westbound the weekends of July 19-22 and Aug. 3-5.
The Oregon Department of Transportation recommends Lombard St., Columbia Blvd., Sandy Blvd., Burnside St. and Powell Blvd. as alternate routes.
Expect long delays and congestion on all the eastbound alternate routes.
"We do see ourselves opening on time Monday morning," said Dinwiddie.
Map from ODOT of possible routes to avoid I-84:
View I-84 Paving Project: Alternate Routes in a larger map