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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 January 2016. 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 Notice for July 2

Installing bolts for river spans

Installing bolts for river spans

Field Work Notice - July 2, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43: 

  • A daytime single southbound lane closure is planned weekdays after 9 am immediately north of the bridge for retaining wall construction.
  • Double lane closures are planned north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am weeknights for installation of wire rock netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave: Traffic has been shifted onto the new traffic lanes on the north side of Tacoma between 6th Ave. and the bridge.  Reconstruction of the north side of the 6th and Tacoma intersection is wrapping up so access to 6th Ave. has improved. The contractor will begin rebuilding the south lanes of Tacoma and the south side of the intersection.  For a look at what the completed intersection will look like, see the rendering shown here.

City of Portland Tacoma paving project:  The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s paving project on SE Tacoma St. east of 17th Ave. is scheduled to end today. Visit this website for details.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for June 28, 2015

A panel system is being used for the retaining wall of Hwy 43 north ramp

A panel system is being used for the retaining wall of Hwy 43 north ramp

Field Work Notice - June 28, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Highway 43: Night-time double lane closures are planned Monday through Thursday north of the bridge during installation of anchors for rock protection netting on the hillside.
  • 6th Ave.: SE 6th Ave. will be closed between SE Tacoma St. and SE Spokane St. on weeknights and early mornings, from 11 pm to 10 am during construction of the new traffic signal and intersection next week. Use alternate routes such as 7th, 8th and 9th Avenues. Flaggers are used at SE 6th Ave. and SE Tacoma St. to assist the public when construction vehicles enter or exit this busy work zone.
  • New Sidewalk and Path Open: Bikes and pedestrians are using the new sidewalk on the north side of Tacoma between the bridge and 6th Ave., which includes rows of bricks where public art will be installed in the next year. The path to the bridge sidewalk from SE Grand Ave. has also opened (see photo).
  • Tacoma paving project: The Portland Bureau of Transportation will close traffic lanes on SE Tacoma St. between 17th and Johnson Creek Blvd. on weekdays through July 2. Visit this website for details. This work is not related to the Sellwood Bridge project.
  • Sewer Project on Hwy 43: The City of Portland has begun work on a sewer project along Hwy. 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge project. Visit this website for details. This work is not related to the Sellwood Bridge construction.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for June 19

View from work bridge with safety deck of new bridge above - June 2015

View from work bridge with safety deck of new bridge above - June 2015

Field Work Notice - June 19, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

For week of June 22 (weekdays):

Hwy. 43: 

  • A daytime single southbound lane closure is planned after 9 am immediately north of the bridge for retaining wall construction.
  • Double lane closures are planned north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am for installation of wire rock netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave: One block of SE 6th Avenue will be closed southbound between SE Spokane St. and SE Tacoma St. from 10 am to 11 pm.  The block will be closed to through traffic from 11 pm to 10 am for night work.  Local access will be provided from Spokane St.  Alternate routes for through traffic are SE 7th, 8th, or 9th Avenues. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic and help construction vehicles enter the work zone.  Please use caution in this area. 

New Tacoma Street sidewalk opens: A new section of sidewalk on the north side of Tacoma Street between SE 6th Ave. and the bridge will open to bicyclists and pedestrians next week.

Tacoma paving project:  The Portland Bureau of Transportation will close traffic lanes on SE Tacoma St. between 17th and 23rd Avenues from June 23 – 26 for paving work. Visit this website for details. This work is not related to the Sellwood Bridge project.

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Aerial Photo Gallery, May 2012 - June 2015

Aerial photo June 16, 2015

June 16, 2015

Updated June 19, 2015

Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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