SW Jefferson Street is a westbound alternative route
SW 13th Avenue remains open for access to I-405 and U.S. 26 West
Expect delays on Portland Streetcar
A fire at the Portland Korean Church building on SW Clay Street has led to the closure of streets in the area, expected to last all day on Wednesday. Image by Google Maps.
(Jan. 3, 2023) A large fire a downtown church building has led to road closures surrounding the intersection of SW Clay and 10th Avenues that are expected to be in place all day on Wednesday, causing severe traffic delays during the morning and evening commute hours in the Southwest portion of downtown.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is providing traffic control support for Portland Fire & Rescue crews, who are securing the area around the fire at the Portland Korean Church building.
The duration of road closures is contingent on the risk posed by the fire and damaged building.
Road closures expected all day Wednesday
Southwest 10th Avenue is closed, from SW Market to SW Columbia.
Southwest Clay Street is closed, from SW Park to SW 11th Avenue.
Please avoid the area if possible and expect delays. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all directions by road closure signage and use alternate routes.
Westbound travelers may use SW Jefferson to reach U.S. 26 West, but expect long delays, especially during afternoon and evening hours. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes to reach SW 13th Avenue, which will remain open, for access to I-405 and the U.S. 26 West ramp from SW Clay.
Expect Streetcar disruptions on Wednesday
Portland Streetcar service was disrupted on Tuesday. All streetcar stops west of the Willamette River from South Waterfront to downtown and the Pearl District are served by buses until further notice. Streetcar service is operational on the east side of the Willamette River, from Oregon Museum of Science and Industry to NW Portland, but schedules will be impacted.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the city’s transportation system and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage, and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. Learn more at portland.gov/transportation