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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 the fall of 2015. 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.

Historic Sellwood Bridge is For Sale

Project Notice - August 12, 2014

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After nearly 90 years of public service, the Sellwood Bridge could have a new owner and a new home. The bridge has been designated a historic resource which requires it to be made available for historic reuse before it is removed to make way for the new Sellwood Bridge. Multnomah County is accepting proposals to buy the bridge until September 12, 2014.

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Sellwood Bridge field notice for August 29

Field Work Update - August 29, 2014

Note: Work will be suspended August 30-September 1 to observe Labor Day

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Tacoma St. change on Sept. 2:  Construction of the new bridge east approach will impact traffic starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. The left turn from eastbound Tacoma to northbound SE 6th Ave. will close after the Tuesday morning rush hour as the widening of Tacoma St. to the south begins. Travelers should use SE 9th Ave. as the detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change will remain in effect until the new bridge opens.  The south side of Tacoma will be paved later this month.

Spokane Street Parking: There will be a “No Parking” Zone established on September 4-5 from 8:00am – 5:00pm on the north curb line of Spokane from Oaks Park Way down to the river, to pothole for utilities.  At no time will driveways or streets be closed.

Hwy. 43 weekday 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 westside 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. 

Hwy 43 weeknight traffic impacts:  Crews will be drilling at night for 3 weeks, Monday-Friday, beginning on September 2, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Flaggers will control traffic. Travelers should expect multiple lane closures, flagger directing traffic and delays during this overnight work.

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Multnomah County Monday roundup: Sellwood Bridge construction causes lane closures

By Kelly House, The Oregonian - August 25, 2014

Work on the Sellwood bridge will hamper midday commutes on Highway 43 on Monday, After the morning commute, crews will shift the lanes south of the bridge to the west so crews can build the east side of the new interchange. The highway’s outside southbound lane between S.W. Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge will continue being closed on weekdays until 4 p.m. as crews build a retaining wall. A northbound lane will also close on weekdays until 4 p.m.

See a photo slideshow on OregonLive.com.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 22

Retaining wall for interchange ramp

Retaining wall for interchange ramp

Field Work Update - August 22, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Westside work on August 25:  After the morning commute on Monday, the lanes of Hwy. 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge will be shifted to the west toward the new retaining walls (see photo).  This will allow crews to build the east side of the new interchange.  Expect traffic delays after 9 a.m. while crews move barricades, apply lane striping, and adjust overhead lights.  Motorists can avoid delays by using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge or SW Terwilliger Blvd.

Tacoma St. change on Sept. 2:  Construction at the east end of the project will impact traffic starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. The left turn lane from eastbound Tacoma to 6th Ave. will close after the morning rush hour as the widening of Tacoma St. to the south begins.  9th Ave. is the recommended detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change will remain in effect until the new bridge opens.

Hwy. 43 weekday 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 westside 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.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 16

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor builds the 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. 

Upcoming Traffic change:  on Monday, August 25 southbound traffic lanes on Hwy. 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge will be shifted to the west toward the new retaining walls.  This will allow for crews to continue ramp work on the east side off Hwy. 43.  The shift will happen after the morning rush.  Expect delays while crews move barricades and apply final striping. Motorists should consider alternate routes during the late morning of Aug. 25th.

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