Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Jan. 20, 2021

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West Burnside slide will keep road closed through weekend


PORTLAND — A landslide that brought down hundreds of yards of debris onto West Burnside near the Wildwood Trail will likely not be cleared until early next week.

Portland Bureau of Transportation officials said hundreds of cubic yards of debris from adjacent hillsides fell onto the roadway around 11 p.m. Tuesday during a period of heavy rain and wind. Recent tweets show Portland General Electric crews removing power lines and poles midday Wednesday. PBOT estimates as many as 12 dump truck loads of debris will need to be removed.

West Burnside is closed from Southwest Tichner Drive to Northwest Barnes Road.

Crews will need to remove large trees, clear drainage ditches and mop up small debris. This work will likely take place through the weekend. PBOT hopes to have the road open sometime Monday, but that could change depending on conditions. Current weather forecasts call for light on-and-off rain through Sunday.

Also, Portland Parks & Recreation expects the Barbara Walker Crossing footbridge and portions of Wildwood Trail will need to remain closed for about a week. Please stay out of the area.