Three major commuting routes in Portland are blocked Wednesday morning by weather-related problems.
West Burnside Street near Skyline Boulevard is closed due to a significant landslide. It’s expected to remain closed throughout the day as crews work to clear the road.
Portland Fire and Rescue crews responded to the landslide around 7 a.m. Wednesday. Officials said a large area of a nearby hillside, roughly 75 feet by 150 feet, slid into the roadway, hit one car driving eastbound on West Burnside. The driver and two passengers were able to get out of the vehicle, according to Portland Bureau of Transportation spokesman John Brady. Portland Fire and Rescue says the car was partially buried under the debris.
“It’s a fairly significant slide. There are trees involved, there’s possibly power lines involved, we’ve called PGE out to assess that situation,” Brady said of the West Burnside landslide.
A portion of Northwest Cornell Road was also closed due to three areas with debris in the roadway according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. The closed section is from east of the Audubon Society to the second tunnel. Brady said PBOT is unsure of how long Cornell will remain closed.
PBOT also announced the closure of Northwest Thompson Road at Northwest Pinnacle Drive due to debris in the road from a minor landslide.
The morning commute from the west side has been jammed as a result of the closed routes. Officials are advising drivers to observe all street closures and directions and to use alternative routes wherever possible.
This story will be updated.