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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.

Bridge To Reopen After Evening Commute, November 21

Field Work Update

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The Sellwood Bridge is closed to all traffic modes from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until sometime after the evening commute Friday, November 21. At the latest, the bridge will reopen by midnight on Friday. The bridge was closed to set up a traffic control change to the east approach.  When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new east approach. Hwy. 43 will remain open.

Traffic changes for Sellwood Bridge closure November 19 - 21

Multnomah County Press Release - November 17, 2014

Traffic changes are in store for Sellwood Bridge users when the bridge is closed from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 21.  The closure will allow the bridge contractor to do work to shift traffic onto the new east approach from SE Tacoma Street.

After the traffic shift, the contractor will demolish the eastern spans of the old approach in December and construct the north half of the approach in 2015.  When the bridge reopens on Friday, bridge users will travel a wide S-curve from the detour bridge onto the new east approach.  Bicyclists and pedestrians will share a path separated from traffic by a concrete barrier.  The speed limit on the bridge will be reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph for safety, until the new bridge opens in 2016.

During the closure the bridge will be closed to motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.  Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Nov. 14

Installing barrier on east approach

Installing barrier on east approach

Field Work Update - November 14, 2014


Bridge Closure Nov. 19 - 21: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 to shift traffic onto the new east approach (on the south side of Tacoma). The bridge sidewalk will also be closed. The Ross Island Bridge is the alternate route for northbound traffic and the Hawthorne Bridge is an alternate route for bicyclists. The traffic switch will allow work on the north half of the new east approach to begin in 2015.  We encourage drivers to plan for an alternate route now before the closure

Hwy. 43 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 west side 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. 

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Aerial Photo Gallery, May 2012 - November 2014

Aerial photo November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014

Updated November 14, 2014

Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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