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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 opens in 2015. The bridge is open to traffic. Drivers should allow extra time to cross the bridge on weekdays due to construction.

Project News

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 Update for April 14

Formwork for west bridge abutment

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 remains closed weekdays (except from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor works on retaining walls. A northbound lane is also closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north of the bridge due to earthwork and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.

Water Line Relocation: Relocation of a 16 inch water line along Hwy. 43 south of the bridge continues during the day through April 18. No night work is scheduled this week.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for April 7

Installing ground anchors for westside wall.

Installing ground anchors for westside wall.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 remains closed weekdays (except from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor works on retaining walls for the next several weeks. A northbound lane is also closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north of the bridge due to earthwork and anchor installation on the retaining walls.

Water Line Relocation: Relocation of a 16 inch water line along Hwy. 43 south of the bridge continues during the day and at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. to minimize disruption of commuter traffic. At night flaggers will direct traffic in a single open lane. Work lights are used for safety. The work will continue through April 18.

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Sellwood Bridge project's use of 3D modeling

Mini documentary produced by Autodesk about the use of 3D modeling for the Sellwood Bridge project.

Software maker Autodesk was so impressed by the Sellwood Bridge project's use of their 3D modeling software that the company created a video to share the story.  General contractor Slayden-Sundt created 3D models as part of their bid to explain their Sellwood Bridge construction plans.  Multnomah County later used the images to tell the public how the truss spans would be moved north to set up a detour bridge.

Watch the video to the right or read the article.


Aerial Photo Gallery, May 2012 - February 2014

Aerial photo February 21, 2014

February 21, 2014

Updated April 3, 2014

Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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