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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.

Sellwood Bridge opening delayed

By Jim Redden, Portland Tribune - November 25, 2014

Multnomah County has pushed back the tentative opening of the replacement Sellwood Bridge to January 2016.

The bridge was scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

The county, which owns and operates the bridge, never set an official opening date. The construction contract calls for the project to be completed no later than November 2016. But county officials have talked about a fall 2015 opening until recently, when they began using the 2016 date.

Read more at PortlandTribune.com

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Nov. 24

Workers setting forms for Bent 5 column

Field Work Update - November 24, 2014

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday this will be the only field work notice this week. The contractor does not plan to work Nov. 27 – 30 during the Thanksgiving holiday, although staff may visit to check concrete cures.

Bridge Closure Completed: The project team thanks bridge users for the patience during last week’s three-day bridge closure. The bridge opened ahead of schedule at 7:20 p.m. on Friday, with traffic using the new east approach (see photo). Due to the greater curve in the east approach, the advisory speed limit was lowered from 25 mph. to 20 mph. The staircase from the bridge sidewalk to the Springwater Trail and access to the bridge sidewalk from SE Grand Ave. have closed, due to construction on the old east approach.


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 excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.

Night Work on Hwy. 43: Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through Dec. 5 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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Sellwood Bridge opens at 8 p.m. Friday night

Field Work Update -November 21, 2014

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The Sellwood Bridge will reopen at 8 p.m. Friday, November 21 after a three-day closure to shift traffic onto the new east approach. The speed limit on the bridge has been lowered from 25 m.p.h. to 20 m.p.h. due to the longer curve at the east end of the bridge. Please note that the bridge is limited to vehicles weighing up to 10 tons and 30 feet in length.

The project team thanks the community for their patience during this bridge closure. The bridge will remain open through the rest of the year, so please remember to support local businesses during the holidays.

Bridge To Reopen After Evening Commute, November 21

Field Work Update

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The Sellwood Bridge is closed to all traffic modes from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until sometime after the evening commute Friday, November 21. At the latest, the bridge will reopen by midnight on Friday. The bridge was closed to set up a traffic control change to the east approach.  When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new east approach. Hwy. 43 will remain open.

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