July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to be closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18. The closure is needed during the concrete pour and cure for the seam of the east approach deck that connects to the south half of the approach. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians.
Cemetery Entrance: The cemetery entrance from Hwy. 43 has shifted south to allow construction on the north side. Cemetery access for motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians is maintained during cemetery opening hours.Read More
Westside Trail: The opening of the regional trail between the west end of the bridge and SW Miles Place is postponed for two to four weeks while the contractor completes work along the trail. Until the trail opens, bicyclists and pedestrians will continue to use the detour path along the east side of Hwy. 43.
Hwy. 43 Through Lanes: The lanes under the bridge will be shifted west on Monday, June 20 to allow the contractor to work on the ramp from the bridge to northbound Hwy. 43.
Cemetery Entrance: The stop sign for traffic exiting the cemetery has shifted east toward the bridge. The cemetery entrance from Hwy. 43 will be shifted south as early as June 21. Access for motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians will be maintained.Read More
Pieces of Portland, Oregon history are being shipped down the Willamette River to find new life. The Slayden/Sundt Joint Venture has started removing massive steel truss spans from the old Sellwood Bridge, which opened in 1925, and transporting them via barge 10 miles downriver to a plant for recycling.
The joint venture team has been working with its subcontractor, an independent design firm and the owner’s design team for more than six months planning the “shoofly” removal. Before the removal could start the team had to add strengthening to the temporary piers and truss section at specific locations to counter the forces applied to the remaining sections during lowering.
The westside regional trail between the Sellwood Bridge and SW Miles Place will be opening within the next four weeks. It was previously announced that the trail would open on June 14 but an inspection revealed additional clean up work needing to be done on and near the trail. To ensure safety for the public and workers, the trail will remain closed during this work. The trail detour route along the east side of Highway 43/Macadam remains open during while work is completed.