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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 23

Excavating old lanes of Hwy 43 south of bridge

Field Work Notice - July 23, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43:

  • Double lane closures continue north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am Monday through Thursday for installation of rockfall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.
  • One northbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • One southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays from 7 am to 4 pm.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave: SE 6th Ave. will be closed on the south side of Tacoma from 5 am on Monday, July 27 until no later than 4 pm on Friday, July 31 during reconstruction of the intersection. SE 7th will be the alternate route during the closure and access to SE 6th Ave. will be available from SE Tenino, one block south of Tacoma. The closure will impact motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. SE 8th and SE 9th Avenues are also good alternate routes.

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Portland's new Sellwood Bridge progresses toward its 2016 opening (Photos)

By Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian - July 20, 2015

Portland's new Sellwood Bridge now spans the Willamette River with all three steel arch supports in place and work well along on the steel beam structure that spans the arches to provide a foundation for the bridge's final surface.

Meanwhile, on both the west and east ends of the new bridge, work continues to create and refine the approaches that link roadways to both get across the river and travel north and south on Highway 43.

Plans are for the new bridge to open in January of 2016 and all construction to be finished later in the year.

See the photo slideshow on OregonLive.com.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for July 17

Many types of retaining walls taking shape north of the bridge

Many types of retaining walls taking shape north of the bridge

Field Work Notice - July 17, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43:

  • The outside northbound lane of Highway 43 from the Macadam Bay driveway to south of SW Taylors Ferry Road will be closed from 9 a.m. on Friday, July 17 until as late as 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 for construction of the new shared driveway Freeman Motors and Macadam Bay. Northbound drivers should expect delays, especially during the Monday morning commute.
  • Double lane closures continue north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am Monday through Thursday for installation of wire rockfall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave: Reconstruction of the south lanes of Tacoma and the south side of the 6th and Tacoma intersection has begun. A closure of SE 6th Ave. on the south side of Tacoma is planned from July 27 – 31 to excavate old asphalt and base, install conduit for the new traffic signal and paving. SE 7th will be the alternate route during the closure and access to SE 6th Ave. will be available from SE Tenino, one block south of Tacoma.

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Lane closure on Hwy. 43 for Sellwood Bridge work

Multnomah County Press Release - July 16, 2015

The outside northbound lane of Highway 43/SW Macadam Avenue from the Macadam Bay driveway to south of SW Taylors Ferry Road will be closed from 9 a.m. on Friday, July 17 until as late as 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 for construction related to the Sellwood Bridge project.

The lane closure will allow a contractor to excavate asphalt and concrete sidewalk and pour concrete for a new driveway for Macadam Bay and Freeman Motors.  The existing driveways for the two properties will remain open until the new driveway opens this fall.  There will be night work during the weekend so that the lane can be reopened as soon as possible. Access will be maintained for bicyclists and pedestrians during the lane closure.

Northbound drivers should expect delays during the lane closure, especially during the Monday morning commute.

This press release is also availbale on the Multnomah County website.


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