Expect delays on Thursday night traveling through the Central Eastside on E Burnside and Grand Avenue

Traffic Advisory
Travelers can expect delays eastbound on the Burnside Bridge and northbound on Grand Avenue overnight on Thursday, March 16, from 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. on Friday morning
A rendering of E Burnside Street at MLK Blvd. PBOT will install a red bus-and-turn (BAT) lane on E Burnside between MLK Blvd and 12th Avenue.

A rendering of E Burnside Street at Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard showing the new street configuration.

(March 16, 2023) Portlanders traveling eastbound on the Burnside Bridge can expect delays tonight to accommodate traffic signal work on East Burnside and Grand Avenue. Contractors working for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will begin work at 8 p.m. Thursday night, March 16 and work through the night to minimize traffic impacts.

Beginning at 8 p.m., eastbound traffic on East Burnside and northbound traffic on Grand Avenue will be flagged through the intersection of East Burnside and Grand Avenue. One travel lane will be open on each street and travelers but travelers should expect delays.

The intersection will fully reopen by 7 a.m. the following morning on Friday, March 17.

People driving, taking transit, walking or cycling eastbound across the Burnside Bridge should expect delays. People driving, taking transit (TriMet and Portland Streetcar), or walking northbound on Grand Avenue should also expect delays. The bridge will remain open to people walking and biking on both sides. We ask the public to travel slowly and cautiously in this work zone, observe all directions by flaggers and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is part of PBOT's East Burnside Bus and Bike Lane Improvements project. This Rose Lane Project will improve speed and reliability for bus riders on East Burnside on TriMet bus lines 12, 19, and 20. Between Grand Avenue and 12th Avenue, the new Bus And Turn lane will replace the southernmost motor vehicle travel lane. On the block between Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Grand Avenue, curb extensions and car parking are being removed along the south side of East Burnside to create an additional travel lane for the bus.

This project is part of Central City in Motion plan adopted by City Council in 2018. These projects are key to Portland's future, allowing PBOT to move more people through the Central City by prioritizing transit and making it safer for people to walk, bike, and roll. Portland is a growing city and by building complete streets that allow reliable movement for all road users our streets are made safer.

People riding transit can visit trimet.org/#alerts/ for the latest service impacts.  

This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change. 

PBOT will provide periodic updates throughout construction. To sign up for construction updates, visit portland.gov/transportation/ccim/e-burnside

Thank you for your cooperation and patience while we complete this work.    


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