Providence Park closes streets, reroutes four bus lines near Lincoln


Jamie Bikales

Providence Park construction.

With Portland’s construction boom, road closures have become almost a normal part of Lincoln students’ daily commute, but a new disruption is sure to add time and inconvenience to trips to school.

The Portland Timbers are expanding their stadium, Providence Park, by adding 4,000 seats on the east side of the stadium, the closest side to Lincoln, according to The Oregonian. The construction will close the southbound side of S.W. 18th Ave. for at least a year. This is the side of the street traveling from W. Burnside Street towards Lincoln.

Though MAX service will not be interrupted, vehicles, school buses and Trimet buses must detour down either S.W. Alder or S.W. Morrison Streets, down S.W. 15th or 17th Aves. before turning on S.W. Salmon to get to Lincoln.

Trimet is closing three bus stops, which re-routes four bus lines. The stop at S.W. 16th Ave, directly in front of Lincoln, which serves lines 15 and 51, is closed for line 15 due to the detour. Students should use the stop at S.W. 14th Ave. and Salmon Street, near the portables. Line 51 will continue to serve the S.W. 16th stop.

However, Line 51 will not serve the stop at S.W. 18th Ave. and Salmon Street on 18th (near the Kings Hill MAX station), and line 63 will not either. This stop will be relocated to Salmon Street side of the same intersection, according to the Lincoln Weekly Bulletin.

Finally, the stop at S.W. 18th and Morrison Street, near Hotlips Pizza, is being relocated to S.W. 18th and Alder Street. This stop is served by line 15 going towards Lincoln.

Line 15 going towards N.W. 23rd Ave. is unchanged.

The closures began on Nov. 5 and could last until 2019, according to the construction timeline. At least for students who are Timbers fans, there is a benefit at the end of the inconvenience: tickets will be easier to come by.

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