Street closures in Old Town start next week

Street closures in Old Town start next week
Photo by Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com Producer/Reporter.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Starting next Friday, part of Old Town will close to all traffic during the busiest nights of the week.

The idea behind the closure is to reduce traffic congestion in an area where a lot of people walk around.

Starting on Dec. 28, Northwest Couch and Davis (between 2nd and 4th Avenues) and Northwest Third (between Everett and Burnside) will close from 10 p.m. to 3 a.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and major holidays.

If you park in those areas during those hours, you could get towed. Also, the streets and sidewalks will be for pedestrians only - no bikes allowed. There will be defined zones for pedicabs and taxis.

The closures will be in place through April 1. The city will then re-evaluate the plan with businesses and people living in the area.