The Portland Bureau of Transportation closed West Burnside in both directions between Barnes and Skyline after a landslide early Friday morning.
By Friday afternoon, the Bureau announced it would be reopening the westbound lane of West Burnside at Barnes. The eastbound lane of West Burnside between Barnes and Skyline will remain closed through Monday.
The bureau tweeted Friday that the landslide is the largest on a city street in about two years.
Advisory: PBOT crews working to clear West Burnside landslide. This is the largest slide on a city street in about two years. Expect road to remain closed between Barnes and Skyline all day. #pdxtraffic #citythatworks pic.twitter.com/AP6FP2jWL8— Portland Bureau of Transportation (@PBOTinfo) January 24, 2020
John Brady with the bureau said this is the first landslide of the year in Portland. He said landslides are more typical when there are large amounts of rain.
“This time of year is when we would expect to see landslides in the hilly areas of town.”
Brady advises commuters to obey all signs and to avoid the area if possible for public safety.
“The roads are closed for a reason,” Brady said. “If you do go through, you’re not only potentially endangering yourself, but you’re potentially endangering our crew.”
The bureau expects crews to be cleaning up debris on West Burnside all day Friday.