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About the Project

This project is an ongoing effort by Multnomah County to replace this 90-year old Willamette River crossing with a new, seismically-sound structure that offers upgraded facilities for all users. Traffic on the new bridge is now open, though drivers should allow extra time to cross the bridge on weekdays due to construction.

Project News - Bridge is OPEN

The Sellwood Bridge reopened to traffic at 7:30 am on 8/23 after a weekend closure for construction work. The bridge was scheduled to reopen by 6 am, but newly poured concrete around manhole covers had not cured in time for the bridge to reopen to traffic. We regret the inconvenience to bridge users from the delay.

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.

Benches designed and built by students installed on Sellwood Bridge

Students instructors and county staff gather at Sellwood Bridge bench built by students

Students instructors and county staff gather at Sellwood Bridge bench built by students

When bicyclists and pedestrians stop to sit and enjoy the view from one of the benches on the Sellwood Bridge lookouts, they will be sitting on furniture created by local high school students.

Four benches made of juniper wood and steel were designed and built by students and installed on the belvederes on the north and south sides of the bridge. The benches are the result of an innovative School-Based Outreach Program that involved more than 2,000 local students during the design and construction of the bridge.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 19, 2016

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

Field Work Notice - August 19, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Aug. 19-23 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users from 7 pm on Friday, August 19 until no later than 6 am on Tuesday, August 23. For safety reasons, the bridge sidewalk will also be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians. During the closure crews will remove temporary lane striping, seal the bridge deck, add permanent lane striping, and activate traffic signals at each end of the bridge.  Two major traffic changes will occur when the bridge reopens:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge will be able to turn left at the west end of the bridge to access Hwy. 43 south. Bridge drivers will no longer need to first travel north to the turnaround at Taylors Ferry Road to travel south.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave: The new traffic signal at SE 6th Ave. and SE Tacoma St. will reduce turn movements for northbound traffic on SE 6th, to limit cut-through traffic.  Northbound traffic on 6th must turn right (east) at Tacoma. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th. A new no parking zone will be added to SE 6th Ave. south of Tacoma to accommodate turn movements. See the diagram that shows traffic movements for the new signal.

The alternate routes for motor vehicles during the closure are the Ross Island (north) or Abernethy (south) bridges, via Hwy. 43 or Hwy. 99E. For bicyclists and pedestrians, the alternate routes are the trails on either side of the river north to the Ross Island, Tilikum or Hawthorne bridges.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Please note that several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south will be closed during the Aug. 19-23 Sellwood Bridge closure. Work schedules have been adjusted so that the Sellwood Bridge will be closed on only one commute day (Monday, August 22) when the ODOT ramps are closed.  Expect traffic congestion approaching the Ross Island Bridge from the west on August 22. Alternate routes from the Sellwood Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge include Taylors Ferry/Terwilliger or Boundary/Corbett/Hamilton to Barbur to the Ross Island Bridge. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

Taylors Ferry Turnaround: After the left turn from the Sellwood Bridge to Hwy. 43 opens on Aug. 23, work to remove the temporary turnaround at Taylors Ferry/Hwy. 43 will begin. The turnaround lane is expected to close on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 12, 2016

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

Field Work Notice - August 12, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Saturday, Aug. 13 Bridge Work: From 5 am to as late as 9 pm traffic will be reduced to one lane on the bridge while the contractor removes the last truss section from the detour bridge. Flaggers will keep traffic flowing in each direction, but bridge users should expect delays.

Aug. 19-23 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users from 7 pm on Friday, August 19 until no later than 6 am on Tuesday, August 23. For safety reasons, the bridge sidewalk will also be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians. During the closure crews will seal the bridge deck, remove temporary striping, add permanent lane striping, and activate traffic signals at each end of the bridge.  Two major traffic changes will occur when the bridge reopens:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge will be able to turn left at the west end of the bridge to access Hwy. 43 south. Bridge drivers will no longer need to first travel north to the turnaround at Taylors Ferry Road to travel south.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave: The new traffic signal at SE 6th and SE Tacoma St. will reduce turn movements for northbound traffic on SE 6th, to limit cut-through traffic.  Northbound traffic on 6th must turn right (east) at Tacoma. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th. See the diagram that shows traffic movements for the new signal.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Unfortunately, several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south will be closed during the next Sellwood Bridge closure. Work schedules have been adjusted so that the Sellwood Bridge will be closed on only one commute day (Monday, August 22) when the ODOT ramps are closed.  Expect traffic congestion approaching the Ross Island Bridge from the west on August 22. Alternate routes from the Sellwood Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge include Taylors Ferry/Terwilliger or Boundary/Corbett/Hamilton to Barbur to the Ross Island Bridge. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

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Sellwood gets new gateway, bridge art

By Lyndsey Hewitt, Portland Tribune - August 11, 2016

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Tearing down the old Sellwood Bridge to make way for the new has gotten creative juices flowing.

By month’s end, workers will begin installing 23 multicolored sculptures on the east approach to the Sellwood Bridge, providing a new gateway to Southeast Portland.

In addition, two Sellwood residents came together to repurpose remnants of the old bridge, creating crafts that are being sold to benefit Sellwood Middle School.

Final work on the new bridge is near completion, with all construction expected to end Nov. 16.

Read the full article on the Portland Tribune's website.

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