UPDATE 12:30pm: WEST BURNSIDE RE-OPENED

Traffic crews have openedWest Burnside Street, which had been closed fromNorthwest Hermosa BoulevardtoNorthwest Skyline Boulevardthis morning due to a multi-vehicle crash. Crews plowed and sanded the road to make it currently passable. All vehicles that had been blocking the travel lanes have been removed, all lanes and the tunnel are clear, and the chain-up areas are still in place. The public is advised to travel with caution and use chains on steep hills with snow, ice or slush on them.

 

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Snow and slush creating slick, hazardous conditions on some streets

(Portland,Ore.) — The storm front that moved into the Portland Metro region this morning is creating some slick, hazardous travel conditions, particularly in higher elevations above 500 feet on both the west and the east sides of the city. The traveling public is advised to be alert for snow, slush and ice on streets and sidewalks throughout today and Wednesday.

Updated: 11:14AM 1/17/12

Current street closures include the following:

  • Northwest Germantown Roadis closed from Northwest Bridge Avenueto Northwest Skyline Boulevarddue to snow and slick slush. http://g.co/maps/8q6c6
  • The intersection of Northwest Thompson Roadand Northwest Skyline Boulevardis closed due to a downed power line. http://g.co/maps/6azvz
  • The intersection of Northwest Thompson Roadand Northwest Cornell Roadis closed due to snow and slick slush. http://g.co/maps/yy8qt
  • West Burnside Streetis closed from Northwest Hermosa Boulevardto Northwest Skyline Boulevarddue to a multi-vehicle crash. http://g.co/maps/wzzrf

 

City crews have set up two chain-up areas – one onWest Burnside StreetatNorthwest 23rd Avenueand the other onSouthwest Sam Jackson Park RoadatSouthwest Terwilliger Boulevardat the bottom of the hill.

 

The public is advised to avoid driving on icy, snowy, or slushy streets; take transit if at all possible; or delay their trip until conditions improve. If motorists choose to drive, they are advised to carry chains and use them on icy, snowy or slushy streets, especially in higher elevations.

 

Transportation crews are continuing to plow major streets in higher elevations, patrol and monitor conditions citywide, and treat roads as needed as events unfold throughout the day.

 

The City recommends Portlanders monitor conditions where they are traveling, watch the forecast, and use www.PublicAlerts.org as their source for winter storm updates. The site provides links to street closures, highway road conditions, transit schedules and service alerts, and other emergency information.

 

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