Central Eastside intersections

Train tracks run north–south through the Central Eastside, between SE Water Ave and SE 2nd Ave. (Technically the train tracks are SE 1st Ave.) From SE Stark St to SE Clay St, you can get stuck between the tracks and the river. Lengthy trains tend to block all of these streets at once, making detours difficult.

Depending on the length of the train, you may be able to move laterally a few blocks to get around it. This area has a regular street grid, and I haven’t cataloged every possible at-grade crossing. This page assumes that all of the Central Eastside streets are blocked and that you will need to go beyond.

While there aren’t any dedicated overcrossings to get around the tracks (à la the Bob Stacey Crossing), the Hawthorne Bridge viaducts and MLK/Grand viaducts do provide an out. The SE 8th Ave intersection is at-grade, but may be clear depending on the length and direction of the train.

One of the best ways to avoid getting stuck here is to plan ahead and take a different route if possible. For example, if you are coming from Downtown and your destination isn’t in the Central Eastside, take one of the bridges which travel over the train tracks and avoid the Morrison Bridge’s Water Ave exit.

Detours when blocked

  • By biking, walking, and rolling [WIP]
  • By transit [WIP]
  • By driving [WIP]

As a crossing for other blockages

  • For blockage at SE 8th Ave for biking, walking, and rolling [WIP]
  • For blockage at SE 8th Ave for driving [WIP]

2 thoughts on “Central Eastside intersections”

  1. For visitors or new residents, this part needs clarification: “For example, if you are coming from Downtown and your destination isn’t in the Central Eastside, take one of the bridges which travel over the train tracks and avoid the Morrison Bridge’s Water Ave exit.” Which bridges? Also, on your map above, which color designates the train? What does the orange and yellow mean? Thank you.

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  2. On this map, the train tracks are the thin grey hashed line running north–south between SE Water Ave and SE 2nd Ave. Just south of SE Hawthorne Blvd, the tracks turn southeastward. Orange roads are interstate highways; yellow are major state highways. (There are also some segments of state highways which are white on this map. Not entirely sure why the yellow ones are distinguished from the others, but it’s safe to assume that the yellow segments are high traffic/high speed streets.)

    Heading east from downtown, the Broadway, Steel, Burnside, and Hawthorne Bridges all cross over the train tracks. The Morrison Bridge and Tilikum Crossing land on the eastside between the river and the tracks. This is fine if your destination is along the eastbank waterfront, or you’re heading to southeast neighborhoods along the river such as Brooklyn or Sellwood. If not and you’re heading further east, it’s simplest to take one of the bridges that cross over the tracks and avoid having to make detours if a train comes by.

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