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Fleet Week ship arrivals will bring downtown bridge lifts Wednesday, Thursday afternoons

The Portland Rose Festival continues this week and that includes the arrival of several naval vessels that will dock along the seawall at Tom McCall Waterfront Park. As the ships arrive Wednesday and Thursday afternoons, four Portland bridges will need to raise for extended periods to allow them through.

The ships will dock on the west side of the Willamette River between the Steel and Hawthorne bridges. The Steel, Burnside, Broadway bridges and possibly the Morrison Bridge will need to lift for the bulk of the fleet to arrive, interrupting street traffic. Travelers can use the Hawthorne Bridge as an alternate. Bikes and pedestrians can use Tilikum Crossing.

Three ships will arrive between 2 and 3 p.m. Wednesday, and four ships move into position between 3 and 5 p.m. Thursday. Arrival times are estimates and the amount of time the bridges are raised varies.

The ships will be open for tours/viewing on a first-come-first-served basis. Times for tours vary by vessel, June 8-12. Check the Rose Festival Fleet page for tour times.

Full details are expected to be announced Wednesday, according to the Portland Rose Festival.

Fleet Week ship tours are free, but there are some requirements:

  • Government issued ID must be shown.
  • Visitors will pass through an airport-style security screening checkpoint and may be subject to personal search.
  • All visitors need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (a U.S. Navy requirement).
  • Visitors must wear closed-toe shoes.
  • Bags, strollers, and wheelchairs are not allowed on board, and there is no ‘holding area’ for personal items.
  • Do not bring any items on the prohibited items list.
  • Visitors must be physically able to maneuver on board, including climbing narrow ladders.

Most of the ships will depart early Monday, June 13. Travelers should expect the same bridges to be raised for ships to pass through from about 8 to 10 a.m.

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