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7 good things you probably don’t know about the Sellwood Bridge

Joe Streckert, DJC DailyBlog - December 29, 2011

The Sellwood Bridge is going away. Well, strictly speaking, it’s being replaced. This past month the Sellwood Bridge Project finally broke ground, and if everything goes according to plan, Bridgetown will have a new river span in 2015.

While most people probably won’t miss it due to the less-than-stellar safety ratings that it’s received, seeing a substantial hunk of the landscape get replaced is not without a certain mournfulness. Given the recent news of its doom, (and my general fondness for bridges) here are a few fun facts about Portland’s most truss-filled tattoo subject.

Read more at DJCOregon.com

Here she is: The Girl with the Sellwood Bridge Tattoo

Angela Webber, DJC DailyBlog - December 22, 2011

Lindsey Bosse moved to Portland to go to Lewis & Clark College in 2009. From the very beginning, she said she’s had a connection with the city’s bridges.

"The Sellwood Bridge, for me, first and foremost was an escape. It was how I knew I could get away from the hill," Bosse said. She’d ride her bike down from the "hill" of the Lewis & Clark Campus in Southwest Portland, across the Sellwood Bridge and to the Springwater Corridor bike trail to downtown.

Last weekend, Bosse did what any good Portlander does when they love something: she got a tattoo. Days before the final permits were issued for the project to replace the Sellwood Bridge, Bosse got the bridge tattooed on her thigh. Read more at DJCOregon.com.

Sellwood Bridge rebuild details vetted at open house

David F. Ashton, The Bee - December 20, 2011

The Oaks Park Dance Pavilion is a dark, sometimes damp, walk from the amusement park’s parking lot – so Multnomah County’s Sellwood Bridge rebuilding team opted to hold the November 16 open house at Llewellyn Elementary School instead.

About 70 people attended, and officials said they were pleased both with the turnout and with the variety of feedback they’d received, regarding a wide array of topics.

Read more at TheBee.com

Owners of nearby condos still not happy with Sellwood Bridge project

Angela Webber, The Daily Journal of Commerce - December 19, 2011

Last week, a $17.7 million federal TIGER grant was awarded for Multnomah County’s effort to replace the Sellwood Bridge, and the project’s final permit – from the Coast Guard – was issued hours before an official “ground-breaking” ceremony on Friday morning.

But a cloud continues to hover over the project: Condo owners who will be impacted by construction are still fighting over compensation for use of their space.

Read more at the DJC.com

News Roundup: Groundbreaking Ceremony

  • Smiles all around as Sellwood Bridge project breaks ground
    Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.org - December 16, 2011
    Elected officials, community leaders, and a bunch of very happy schoolkids amassed at Sellwood Riverfront Park this morning to mark the official beginning of the Sellwood Bridge Project. It was a day when the beaming smiles on Multnomah County officials' faces were almost, almost, brighter than the gorgeous sunshine. Read more at BikePortland.org.

  • Sellwood Bridge construction is at GO!
    $17.7 million from Obama Administration finalizes funding for bridge replacement project
    Felicia Heaton, 1190 KEX - December 16, 2011
    Four people stood to the side of the groundbreaking ceremony tent at Sellwood Riverfront Park holding signs that protest plans for the new Sellwood Bridge. But it was too late, everyone else - lawmakers, Sellwood residents, local school children -was cheering. Construction on a new bridge is set to begin this month. Read more at 1190KEX.com.

  • Sellwood Bridge project breaks ground
    County still trying to close $5 million gap on $268 million project
    Jim Redden, Pamplin Media Group - December 16, 2011
    The presentation of a $17.7 million check from the federal government highlighted Friday morning’s groundbreaking ceremony for the replacement Sellwood Bridge project. Read more at portlandtribune.com.

  • Sellwood Bridge project breaks ground
    Sam Tenney, DJC Blog - December 16, 2011
    The ground-breaking ceremony for the Sellwood Bridge replacement project was held today. Polly Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, presented Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury with a check for $17.7 million, making official the awarding of TIGER III discretionary grant funds announced on advanced notice Dec. 12.  Read more at dailyblog.com.

Celebration kicks off new Sellwood Bridge's construction

David Ashton, The Bee - January 31, 2012

On December 16th, officials from Multnomah County, the City of Portland, and the State of Oregon gathered — along with neighbors, and a number of schoolchildren — at the edge of the Willamette River at Sellwood Riverfront Park, to “break ground” for the long-awaited Sellwood Bridge rebuilding project.

Read more at TheBee.com

Friday groundbreaking kicks off Sellwood Bridge construction

Multnomah County Press Release - December 15, 2011

A groundbreaking event to celebrate the start of Sellwood Bridge construction. This month work begins on the $268 million project to replace the 86-year-old bridge. The event includes the official announcement of a $17.7 million federal TIGER grant for the project from the U.S. Department of Transportation. The Sellwood Bridge was the only project in Oregon to receive a TIGER grant and received the 7th largest grant out of 46 awards. A water cannon salute from the Portland fireboat Campbell will cap off the celebration.

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Breathing easy, finally, on the Sellwood Bridge

The Oregonian Editorial Board - December 14, 2011

Goodbye, high anxiety. In four short years, people here will cross the Sellwood Bridge without a second thought, supported by a sturdy new structure. Not only will the new Sellwood be safe at long last, it will be among the best places in Portland to ride out an earthquake. Read more on Oregonlive.com.

Federal grant will help replace Sellwood Bridge

Multnomah County Press Release - December 13, 2011

Multnomah County’s efforts to replace the Sellwood Bridge have received a major boost with the announcement of a $17.7 million federal grant.  The U.S. Department of Transportation award reduces most of the project’s funding shortfall and allows the county to move forward with its preferred design.

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News Roundup: Sellwood Bridge awarded $17.7M TIGER grant

Sellwood Bridge replacement to fill funding gap with $17.7M TIGER grant
Angela Webber, Daily Journal of Commerce
December 12, 2011

The Sellwood Bridge is slated to have its last piece of funding fall into place.

According to an “advance notice” sent to Congress from the U.S. Department of Transportation today, the Sellwood Bridge will receive a $17.7 million grant through the TIGER III discretionary grant program.

According to the notice, the award “will provide the final piece of funding for the complete replacement of the Sellwood Bridge in Portland.” Read more at DJC.com

$17.7 million federal grant helps close funding gap for Sellwood Bridge replacement
Kate Mather, The Oregonian
December 12, 2011

The same day construction crews set up fencing to prepare to break ground on the $268 million project to replace the Sellwood Bridge, news came that federal dollars would help close a major funding gap.

The U.S. Department of Transportation awarded a $17.7 million grant, nearly eliminating an almost-$23 million shortfall that Multnomah County officials faced. Read more at OregonLive.com

Multnomah close to filling Sellwood gap
Andy Giegerich, Portland Business Journal
December 13, 2011

Multnomah County Multnomah County will collect a $17.7 million grant to help fill the new Sellwood Bridge's construction funding gap. Read more at the Portland Business Journal.

Work Begins On Sellwood Bridge Detour Span

April Baer, OPB News - December 12, 2011

This week, a contractor begins preliminary work to get Portland's Sellwood Bridge ready for a rebuild.

Slayden/Sundt, based in Stayton, Oregon, is the company handling this first phase of work.

Mike Pullen is a spokesman for Multnomah County. He says since the county has committed to keeping a detour bridge open, the first stage involves prep work.

Read more at OPB.org

Sellwood Bridge construction zone sets up next week

Multnomah County Press Release - December 7, 2011

Slayden-Sundt, a general contractor hired by Multnomah County, will set up a construction staging area for the Sellwood Bridge project beginning Monday, December 12. Construction will lead to some changes in public access for areas near the bridge and for river users.

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Safety advocates hope changes in new Sellwood Bridge design will remain, despite funding gap

Steve Beaven, The Oregonian - December 1, 2011

Cycling advocates and residents in Southeast and Southwest Portland have prevailed in their plan to tweak the design of the new Sellwood Bridge to protect pedestrians and bicyclists and to slow motorists exiting onto Southeast Tacoma Street.

Multnomah County commissioners have agreed to $4.1 million in design alterations that would include better lighting, clearly marked lanes for bridge users and a gateway intended to remind motorists that, on the east end, they're entering a neighborhood and not a race track.

Read more at Oregonlive.com

News Roundup: Structurally deficient bridges, new views of Sellwood Bridge

Hundreds of bridges in Ore., Wash. deemed 'structurally deficient'
Thom Jensen KATU News
November 23, 2011

More than 800 bridges in Oregon and Washington are structurally deficient and thousands more are outdated, yet millions of people drive over them every day. Everyone seems to know about the problem but no one has the answer to fix it. Read more at KATU.com

New view of future Sellwood Bridge
David F. Ashton, The Bee
November 24, 2011

Even though the Sellwood Bridge rebuilding project received the approval of the Multnomah County Commissioners last month for its “60% Design Elements” stage, members of the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) were meeting again on November 7. Read more at TheBeeNews.com

Accelerated TIGER grants ‘a good thing’ for Sellwood Bridge

Angela Webber, DJC - November 14, 2011

Earlier this month, President Barack Obama directed the U.S. Department of Transportation to accelerate the awarding of $527 million in competitive TIGER grants. Multnomah County’s Sellwood Bridge replacement project is a contender for one for those grants, and county spokesman Mike Pullen said the faster timeline will be “a good thing” for the project.

Read more at the DJCOregon.com

Open House on November 16th

Sellwood Bridge open house will be Nov. 16 at Llewellyn School in Southeast Portland

Steve Beaven, The Oregonian - November 10, 2011

City and county officials will convene a Sellwood Bridge open house Nov. 16 to discuss design and construction issues. The meeting will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Llewellyn School, 6301 S.E. 14th Ave.

The meeting will include drawings of the bridge, landscaping plans, a schedule for construction, details on how the existing bridge will be moved, funding and other information.

Representatives of the design firms, the general contractor, the city and the county will be on hand. Construction of the new, $268 million bridge is scheduled to start next July and end in 2015.

Sellwood Bridge open house Nov. 16 will focus on design and construction

Multnomah County Press Release - November 10, 2011

An open house for the Sellwood Bridge Project will be held on Wednesday, November 16 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Llewellyn Elementary School, 6301 SE 14th Avenue in the Sellwood Moreland neighborhood.  

Read the full release at multco.us

Advisory committee for Sellwood Bridge project will meet on Monday for updates

By Steve Beaven, The Oregonian - November 3, 2011

On Monday, the advisory committee for the construction of the new Sellwood Bridge will meet for an update and two presentations, according to a Multnomah County spokesman. Read more at OregonLive.com.

In the News: The Sellwood Bee on 60% Design, Disappearing Mela Building, and Earmarks

by David F. Ashton, The Bee - November 2, 2011

County signs off on Sellwood Bridge "60% Design Elements"

Progress was made in October on the project to rebuild the Sellwood Bridge — in two areas: Approval of the current design elements, and testing before sinking the "shoofly" detour bridge support pilings. Read the story at TheBeeNews.com.

Century-old building under Sellwood Bridge vanishes

It wasn't a magician's illusion — nor did it happen quickly or quietly — but the century-old Mela Building at 380 S.E. Spokane Street is now gone. Read the story at TheBeeNews.com.

Blumenauer blames hostility to "earmarks" for Sellwood Bridge funding woes

When United States Congressman Earl Blumenauer visited several Southeast Portland sites on October 10th, he praised progress made to reduce Johnson Creek flooding, and also met with representatives from various small businesses in the area.

At one meeting, Blumenauer talked with THE BEE about the effort to rebuild the Sellwood Bridge. Read the story at TheBeeNews.com.

Sellwood Bridge Held Up As Example Of Nation's Crumbling Infrastructure

Kayla Anchell, OPB News - October 19, 2011

A national coalition working on transportation reform pointed to Portland's Sellwood Bridge Wednesday as one of the nation's bridges in dire need of replacement. Read the full article at opb.org.

Demolition in Southeast Portland is the first move toward construction of a new Sellwood Bridge

Steve Beaven, The Oregonian - October 13, 2011

Demolition crews this week finished tearing down a building beneath the east end of the Sellwood Bridge, marking the start of a four-year project to replace the 86-year-old span.

On Wednesday, crews finished the destruction of the Mela Building at 380 S.E. Spokane St.

Read more at Oregonlive.com

Sellwood Bridge project approved by Multnomah County

Angela Webber, The Daily Journal of Commerce - October 6, 2011

The Sellwood Bridge project received an approval today from the Multnomah County board that will allow the project to proceed with preliminary work on a detour bridge starting in December.

Read more at DJC.com

Industrial building must come down before Sellwood Bridge construction begins

Carly Kennelly, KOIN News - October 5, 2011

Multnomah County plans to start construction on the new Sellwood Bridge in July and crews will shift part of the existing bridge to the north so it can act as a detour during construction.

Before any of that can happen the old industrial building will need to come down.

The building is nearly 100 years old and stands right in the path of the existing bridge.

Read more at KOINLocal6.com

Sellwood project could require interim fix

Andy Giegerich, The Business Journal - October 4, 2011

Sellwood Bridge project leaders will provide more details this week on how Multnomah County could address a potential shortfall in construction funds.

Advocates of the $270 million project will present designs for an interim interchange leading from the bridge's west side to Highway 43, which runs along the Willamette River. The interim interchange would exist until a more permanent solution could be funded, possibly by the county, the city of Portland and the state of Oregon.

Read more at BizJournals.com

Sellwood Bridge rebuild reaches “60% Final Design” phase

David F. Ashton, The Bee - October 4, 2011

After a late August Sellwood Bridge Community Advisory Committee (CAC) meeting, and a mid September Sellwood Bridge Public Stakeholders Committee (PSC) meeting, final design details of the reconstructed bridge are beginning to emerge.

Read more at TheBeeNews.com

Sellwood Bridge Project to Set 20 Percent Minority Goal

Helen Silvis, The Skanner News - September 15, 2011

Contractors gathered at the Marriot Residence Inn Wednesday to learn about plans for building the new Sellwood Bridge. Projected to cost an estimated $270 million, the new structure will span the Willamette at the site of the existing bridge and link to Highway 43. Construction of a detour bridge could start in December, with construction of the new bridge set for July 2012.

Read more at TheSkanner.com

Leaders Agree On How To Pay For Bridge, But Remain $23M Short

Rob Manning, OPB News - September 14, 2011

Portland-area officials have agreed on how to build and pay for a major bridge project. But a key funding piece remains up in the air. Replacing the Sellwood Bridge is estimated to cost nearly $270 million.

At a meeting this week, a committee of elected officials approved cost-saving measures, like changing what materials are used and employing a "detour bridge" construction approach. Still, the project is $23 million short.

Read more at OPB.org

Sellwood design, builders take shape

Andy Giegerich, Portland Business Journal - September 12, 2011

Political mucky-mucks and contract-seeking construction firms are getting earfuls this week about the Sellwood Bridge replacement project.

This afternoon, city, county and state elected officials convened to weigh in on the bridge's design package. While some 60 percent of the structure has been designed, Multnomah County engineers overseeing the project want to gauge whether they should implement any dramatic changes.

Read more at BizJournals.com

Sellwood Bridge design recommendations expected today

KPTV.com - September 12, 2011

A group of elected and appointed leaders will meet to recommend a package of design decisions for the new Sellwood Bridge today.

The design decisions include using steel as the primary material for the new bridge and building the new bridge in a single construction phase with a shoofly detour bridge to be used during construction.

Read more at KPTV.com

Geologists study river bottom, for Sellwood Bridge

David Ashton, The Bee - September 6, 2011

Efforts on several fronts are slowly-but-surely moving forward the Sellwood Bridge reconstruction project.

The most visible work on the project recently was featured on the front page of the August BEE: The huge floating drilling rig, and land-based driller on the east bank, which operated almost every workday during July and August.

Read more at TheBeeNews.com

News Roundup: Design Features Recommendation

August 29-30, 2011

Citizens Offer Ideas On Sellwood Bridge Design

April Baer, OPB - August 30, 2011

A citizen committee hopes that its design recommendations stand a good chance of becoming part of the new Sellwood Bridge. It's the next step toward groundbreaking for an important connector between Multnomah and Clackamas counties. Read or listen at opb.org.

Citizens' panel recommends Sellwood Bridge's final design

The Portland Tribune - August 29, 2011

The Sellwood Bridge’s Community Advisory Committee meets Monday afternoon to recommend its final design for the new nearly $300 million structure. Read more at portlandtribune.com.

Sellwood group finalizing design touches

Andy Giegerich, Portland Business Journal - August 29, 2011

A key committee is set to finalize design recommendations for Portland's Sellwood Bridge. Read more at bizjournals.com/portland.

Bridge Committee Works Out Details With Eye To Cost

April Baer, OPB News - August 21, 2011

Monday night, an advisory group will offer some final design suggestions for the proposed Sellwood bridge replacement. Now that the county has settled on a steel deck arch design, Ken Love of the South Portland Neighborhood Association says aesthetic details can be finalized.

Read more and listen to the sound clip at OPB.org.

News Roundup: Virtual open house, closing the funding gap

Multnomah County seeks public's advice on Sellwood Bridge final design

Nikole Hannah-Jones, The Oregonian
August 18, 2011

With construction on the Sellwood Bridge possibly beginning this winter, Multnomah County wants residents to weigh in on design features through an online open house open through Aug. 21. Read more at OregonLive.com.

Comment Now on Sellwood Bridge Project

Wayne Havrelly - KGW.com
August 18, 2011

PORTLAND - The Sellwood bridge project has a $20 million funding shortfall and the county is looking for suggestions on how to close the gap. Read more and watch the video at KGW.com.

Weigh in on Sellwood Bridge bikeway via virtual open house

August 11, 2011

Multnomah County has just launched a virtual open house for the Sellwood Bridge project and they're looking for your input on key design and funding decisions. Read the full story on BikePortland.org.

County manages to shrink Sellwood Bridge funding gap

Angela Webber, DJC
August 10, 2011

A few months after Clackamas County voters rejected a proposal that would have resulted in a $22 million contribution, prospects are brightening for the project to replace the Sellwood Bridge. Read the full story on the DJC.