Traffic Advisory: Construction begins tomorrow on three more passenger loading zones on SW Broadway

Traffic Advisory
SW Broadway at Main, looking north. The new passenger zones will be similar to this platform at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall completed last year.
Passenger loading will be more accessible and comfortable on SW Broadway at Salmon, Columbia, and Oak streets
Construction is anticipated to last through March 13, 2024, with final striping occurring later in spring 2024.

(Jan. 29, 2024) Construction begins Tuesday, Jan. 30, on additional improvements to the Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) SW Broadway Bike Improvements project. This key Central City in Motion project provides a comfortable, safe southbound bicycle connection through the heart of downtown from the Broadway Bridge to I-405.

Contractors working for PBOT will install curb extensions on SW Broadway to create curb-height passenger loading zones to serve local hotel guests at three locations. The passenger loading zones will be similar to the previously completed passenger zone in front of the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall at SE Main Street.

When complete, the curb extensions will provide safe places for passengers to load and unload while also delineating a clear green lane for people bicycling. Cyclists will continue to be separated from moving vehicles.

People bicycling will ramp up to sidewalk level and ramp down to the street level at the curb extension. As is the case today, signs and pavement markings require people bicycling to yield to pedestrians crossing the bike lane.

Construction Impacts

The SW Broadway passenger loading zones will be in construction beginning Tuesday, Jan. 30. Work will start near Columbia Street before proceeding to Salmon and Oak streets. Each location will take approximately two weeks to construct. During construction, people biking will be routed through a temporary signed and separated bike lane adjacent to the work zone. Construction is anticipated to last through March 13, 2024. Final striping will occur when weather allows in spring 2024.  

The traveling public is advised to expect delays. We ask the public to travel slowly and cautiously in work zones, observe all detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

The public can expect dust, noise, vibrations, and heavy equipment near the work zone.

As always, please keep crews safe by following all traffic control signs and flaggers while travelling through or near work zones. Parking near the work zone will be restricted during construction. Vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle access will be maintained.

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

PBOT will provide periodic updates throughout construction. To sign up for construction updates, visit

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