Remembering the Swan Island airport

John Killen from The Oregonian remembered Portland-area airports from the past 110 years, including the historic Swan Island Airport. Opened in 1926, it was seen as “the most beautiful airport in the nation.” Short-lived in its usefulness because of physical limitations, the Swan Island Airport stopped functioning after World War II. Read Killen’s story and enjoy some vintage photos here.... read more

Going Street eastbound ramp closed through March 25

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements require the closure of the ramp on N Going Street eastbound from Swan Island to N Greeley Avenue from Saturday, March 21 through March 25, 2015. The ramp closure will be in effect all hours and all days. The ramp closure is necessary to allow crews to repair the failed road base and stabilize the foundation of the road to prevent potholes and other surface distresses. Traffic will be detoured east on N Going Street to N Interstate Avenue or I-5 southbound. The traveling public is... read more

Norwegian Star cruises into Vigor’s dry dock

After repairing a Navy hospital ship, the USNS Mercy, Vigor Industrial wasted little time in welcoming its next customer – the 2,300 passenger cruise ship Norwegian Star.  The project will employ approximately 750 workers each day to repair and refurbish the ship. With a length of 960 feet and a width of 186 feet, Vigor’s new dry dock, the Vigorous, can accommodate vessels the size of cruise ships.  Portlanders haven’t seen a cruise ship enter the Willamette River for repair for over 12 years; the previous dry dock on Swan Island was sold to Grand Bahama Shipyard in 2003. For... read more