Traffic Advisory: Eastbound lane of West Burnside to remain closed at least several more days, as landslide risk lingers

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crews work to clear debris beside West Burnside

On Friday, PBOT crews responded to a landslide on West Burnside, removing dump truck loads of debris and building a catchment wall to make it safer. The slide remains active, and more work is needed, so the eastbound lane remains closed. Photo by Dylan Rivera/ Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(Monday, January 27, 2020) – The eastbound lane of West Burnside will remain closed between Barnes Road and Skyline Blvd for at least several more days, as PBOT engineers and maintenance crews monitor the area of an active landslide. The traveling public is advised to avoid the area, and if eastbound travel through the area is needed, to follow a signed detour along SW Barnes Road and Skyline Blvd.

The landslide was first reported on Friday morning, and PBOT crews responded to close off the area to the public, remove dump truck loads of debris and build a catchment wall to make it safer.

During inspections today, engineers determined that debris had continued to fall from the slide over the weekend. The slide remains active, with cracks at the top of the scarp that indicate a threat to public safety.

PBOT is proceeding with plans to remove loose material from the top of the scarp. The bureau needs to obtain specialized equipment to clear the material at risk of sliding.

Please avoid the area if possible and expect delays. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes.


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