All Northbound Interstate 5 lanes near the Barbur Boulevard exit in southwest Portland reopened Thursday afternoon after a fatal semitruck crash Wednesday night.
Crews with the Oregon Department of Transportation were working Thursday morning to remove a sign bridge that was damaged in the crash, said Don Hamilton with ODOT.
Expect delays! A crane will move the I-5 sign bridge to the shoulder so the NB lanes can reopen but it’s a slow and difficult process. ODOT hopes to have the lanes open by noon Thursday. Find alternate routes! pic.twitter.com/rA81LuNPZu— Oregon DOT (@OregonDOT) August 22, 2019
“We did an assessment of the sign bridge and determined that it was unsafe to let traffic continue to pass underneath it,” Hamilton said. “So far, as of Thursday morning, we have removed the sign bridge and set it off to the side of the road.”
The semitruck crashed near where the truck lane splits off of northbound I-5, near exit 294.
The Portland Police Bureau’s Major Crash Team responded to the scene to conduct a “fatal traffic crash investigation” Wednesday at around 10 p.m. No fatalities have been announced.
No details have been released about the identity of the truck driver.