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About the Project

The Sellwood Bridge project is an ongoing effort by Multnomah County to replace this 88-year old Willamette River crossing with a new, seismically-sound structure that offers upgraded facilities for all users. The new bridge will open in the fall of 2015. The bridge is open to traffic. Drivers should allow extra time to cross the bridge on weekdays due to construction.

Project News - Bridge is OPEN

The space below features news articles, press releases, meeting notices, and other material about the project. Feel free to contact us if you see something we should include.

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 19

Tacoma St excavation 9-19-2014

Tacoma St excavation 9-19-2014

Field Work Update - September 19, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.  On weekdays from Sept. 23 – Oct. 1, a third party contractor will be installing a fiber optic line under a closed traffic lane south of the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tacoma Street:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed the left turn from eastbound Tacoma to northbound at SE 6th Ave.  Traffic control now allows eastbound travelers to turn left at SE 7th.  The south side of Tacoma is scheduled to be paved on September 25th, but traffic will not use that section until the new bridge opens.

Oktoberfest: Traffic in the project area may be heavier than normal Sept. 19 – 21 during the annual Oktoberfest celebration at Oaks Park.  Allow a bit more travel time during the event.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Sept. 12

Bent 1 forms

Bent 1 forms

Field Work Update - September 12, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weeknight traffic impacts:  A reminder that Hwy. 43 lanes will be closed Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next several weeks during drilling work. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane. Travelers should expect delays during this night work.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

Tacoma St. traffic changes:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed left turns from eastbound Tacoma to northbound SE 6th Ave. and SE 7th Ave. Eastbound travelers should use SE 9th Ave. as the detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change is in effect until the new bridge opens.  The south side of Tacoma will be paved later this month.

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Aerial Photo Gallery, May 2012 - August 2014

Aerial photo August 18, 2014 (Note: Photo taken looking west)

August 18, 2014 (Note: Photo taken looking west)

Updated September 12, 2014

Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for September 5

Preparing eastside river pier for concrete pour

Preparing eastside river pier for concrete pour

Field Work Update - September 5, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weeknight traffic impacts:  A reminder that Hwy. 43 lanes will be closed Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next several weeks during drilling work. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane. Travelers should expect delays during this night work.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

Tacoma St. traffic changes:  Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed left turns from eastbound Tacoma to northbound SE 6th Ave. and SE 7th Ave. Eastbound travelers should use SE 9th Ave. as the detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change is in effect until the new bridge opens.  The south side of Tacoma will be paved later this month.

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