Tram Will Be Out of Service March 17 For Four Hours

02/04/08  Portland, Ore

After upper levels of a tower crane on Marquam Hill are removed, service will resume

The Portland Aerial Tram will be out of service from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 17, to permit dismantling of the tower crane used to build the upper tram terminal on the Oregon Health & Science University Marquam Hill campus.

The crane no longer is needed because structural work has been completed on the upper terminal, which connects the tram to the Kohler Pavilion of OHSU Hospital.

Shuttle bus service will be provided between the lower tram terminal in the South Waterfront and the Physicians Pavilion turnaround on Marquam Hill during the four-hour closure of the tram.

Dismantling of the crane tower also will have an impact on vehicle traffic, bus service and parking on Marquam Hill.

The tear-down and removal of the tower crane will necessitate the closure to all traffic of the upper portion of S.W. Campus Drive starting at 6 a.m. Friday, March 16, until 6 a.m. Monday, March 19. Employees, patients and visitors will not be able to travel the full length of Campus Drive in either direction during that period. The roadway will be closed from just below the Kohler Pavilion parking structure to the OHSU School of Dentistry parking lot, located just above OHSU Hospital South loading dock No. 5.

TriMet buses will be rerouted down Sam Jackson Park Road beginning at 6 a.m., Friday, March 16 and will resume regular runs down Campus Drive at 6 a.m. Monday, March 19. C-TRAN bus service will not be affected.

The Kohler Pavilion parking structure will be closed from 6 p.m. Friday, March 16, to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17. Those with cars still in the parking structure after 6 p.m. on Friday will be allowed to exit but may encounter delays due to the staging of equipment in the area. All other parking areas will remain accessible.

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