Portland police prepare for Steel Bridge protest



PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Portland police are preparing for an Occupy Portland at the Steel Bridge Thursday morning by closing it to pedestrians, bikes and vehicle traffic.

The bridge will remain open for all TriMet bus and MAX service as well as freight and passenger rail service.

Police say commuters should expect congestion around the Steel Bridge and consider alternate routes to cross the river.

Occupy Portland organizers planned a protest on the bridge at 8 a.m. They also plan a 10 a.m. rally at Waterfront Park and an 11 a.m. march.