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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 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.

Buses to once again roll across Sellwood Bridge

by KOIN 6 News Staff, koin.com - December 1, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. — It’s been 12 years, but TriMet buses will once again cross the Sellwood Bridge beginning Monday.

Bus service was suspended in 2004 to help extend the life of the Sellwood Bridge, at that time 79 years old. But construction on the new Sellwood Bridge began in 2012, and now, bus service will be rolling across again.

Read the full story at KOIN 6.

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - December 1, 2016

At left, a bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians will connect the west trail to south sidewalk of Sellwood Bridge.

Field Work Notice - December 1, 2016

As construction work wraps up in the coming weeks, the contractor will be working on clean-up tasks throughout the project area. The field work notice will focus on major work items rather than these clean-up tasks.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Speed, weight and vehicle length limits changing: The speed limit on the bridge has increased to 30 mph and the speed limit on Hwy. 43 near the bridge returned to 35 mph. The 30-foot vehicle length limit on the bridge has been eliminated. Signs for the new vehicle weight limit on the bridge will be posted in December.
  • TriMet service returns Dec. 5: TriMet bus service returns to the Sellwood Bridge after a 12-year absence on Dec. 5, when Line 99 resumes weekday rush hour service across the bridge. The service will connect the east side with destinations from Lake Oswego to downtown Portland. Read all the news on TriMet’s website.
  • Bridge Sidewalk: The south sidewalk opened for use on November 29.
  • Changes for 6th/Tacoma Signal: The traffic signal phases for north and south-bound movements on SE 6th Ave. will be combined in December to improve east-west traffic flow on Tacoma St. Signs will be installed to prevent right turns on red for westbound traffic on Tacoma and northbound traffic on 6th.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - November 23, 2016

The west path bridge to south bridge sidewalk opens in December.

The west path bridge to south bridge sidewalk opens in December.

Field Work Notice

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Speed, weight and vehicle length limits changing: The speed limit on the bridge has increased to 30 mph and the speed limit on Hwy. 43 near the bridge returned to 35 mph. The current 30-foot vehicle length limit on the bridge will be eliminated when signs are removed next week. Signs for the new vehicle weight limit on the bridge will be posted later in December.
  • TriMet service returns Dec. 5: TriMet bus service returns to the Sellwood Bridge after a 12-year absence on Dec. 5, when Line 99 resumes weekday rush hour service across the bridge.  The service will connect the east side with destinations from Lake Oswego to downtown Portland. Read all the news on TriMet’s website.
  • Springwater Trail is open: The trail reopened this week between SE Spokane St. and SE Umatilla St. after being repaved.
  • Spokane St. parking reopens: On-street parking has reopened on Spokane west of Oaks Park Way after paving work was completed.
  • Bridge Sidewalks:  The north bridge sidewalk reopened after painting work below the bridge was completed.  The south sidewalk is expected to open the week of Nov. 28.
  • Changes for 6th/Tacoma Signal:  The traffic signal phases for north and south-bound movements on SE 6th Ave. will be combined to improve traffic flow for east-west traffic on Tacoma St.  The signal change could be made as soon as Nov. 30.  Signs will be installed to prevent right turns on red for westbound traffic on Tacoma and northbound traffic on 6th.
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Slayden-Sundt joint venture finish Sellwood Bridge

by Jules Rogers, Pamplin Media - November 22, 2016

On Wednesday, the busiest two-lane bridge in Oregon will be officially complete.

A decade in the making, the new Sellwood Bridge is the largest project Multnomah County has ever taken on, estimated at $325 million — much more than the amount of the Sauvie Island bridge, which cost $43 million.

Read the full story at PamplinMedia.com.

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