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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.

First steel arrives for new Sellwood Bridge arch spans

Barge carries segments for first 2 steel arch spans through downtown 12-15-2014

Monday, December 18 marked a major milestone in the construction of the new Sellwood Bridge. A barge arrived carrying the first two steel arches for the western river span.

The arches were fabricated at Thompson Metal Fab in Vancouver, WA. The plate steel was made at a mill in the Eastern US, then shipped by train to Thompson’s plant on the Columbia River. Workers at Thompson cut, welded and bolted the steel into full length arches, and then dismantled the arches into shorter segments for shipping and erection.

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Sellwood Bridge: first steel arch pieces arrive by barge

By Randy L. Rasmussen The Oregonian - December 15, 2014

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The first steel arch pieces of Portland's new Sellwood Bridge arrived Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the bridge site, carried by a barge delivering them from Vancouver where they were built.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 12

Demolition of old east approach

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge remains closed until the afternoon of December 19 due to demolition of the old east bridge approach.  Work next week involves a section of the old abutment. The trail is closed between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. The detour uses SE 7th Street to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail. 

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 earthwork and storm drain installation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 5

Demolition of old east approach

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge will be closed December 8 - 19 during demolition of the old east approach to the bridge.  The closed section is between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. Trail users will be directed to a detour on SE 7th Avenue to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail. 

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 earthwork and storm drain installation. 

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through December 12, 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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