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Multnomah County approves Sellwood Bridge final design

Multnomah County Press Release - July 19, 2012

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Multnomah County’s Board of County Commissioners approved the final design for the new Sellwood Bridge today, advancing the $299 million project to the construction phase.

The final design includes:

  • Steel deck arch bridge
  • A symmetrical bridge deck design with two traffic lanes, two bike lane/shoulders, and two multi-use raised paths for bicyclists and pedestrians
  • One-stage bridge construction using a detour bridge
  • New access to Macadam Bay floating homes on the south side of Freeman Motors
  • Westside regional trail along trolley line from bridge to S.W. Miles Place
  • Limited bridge closure during construction
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Sellwood Bridge committee to recommend final design

Multnomah County Press Release - July 13, 2012

A group of elected and appointed leaders will meet to recommend a package of final design decisions for the new Sellwood Bridge on Monday, July 16 from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Multnomah County Boardroom, at 501 SE Hawthorne Boulevard. The meeting is open to the public and will include time for public comment.

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Mikyoung Kim Selected for Sellwood Bridge Public Art Project

Regional Arts & Culture Council Press Release - July 6, 2012

Mikyoung Kim

Mikyoung Kim

The Regional Arts & Culture Council (RACC) announced today that Boston based artist, Mikyoung Kim, has been selected to create public art for the Sellwood Bridge, slated to open in 2016. The art is funded through the city's percent for art program and will be owned by the City and maintained by RACC.

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Sellwood Bridge committee to meet on cost management recommendations

Multnomah County Press Release - July 6, 2012

The Community Advisory Committee for the Sellwood Bridge Project will meet on Monday, July 9 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue. Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comment.

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Sellwood Bridge committee to meet on westside driveway and regional trail

Multnomah County Press Release - June 1, 2012

The Community Advisory Committee for the Sellwood Bridge Project will meet on Monday, June 4 at 5:30 p.m. The meeting is at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue. Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comment.

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Night work on Highway 43 near Sellwood Bridge tonight

Multnomah County Press Release - May 29, 2012

Tree clearing work will take place along Highway 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge tonight between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. The trees that will be removed are between the highway and the Willamette Shore trolley line. This work will require brief closures of the highway south of the bridge tonight.

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Free business workshop offered on practical applications of ethics and sustainability

Multnomah County News Release - May 24, 2012

The Sellwood Bridge project will offer a free interactive workshop on Practical Applications of Ethics and Sustainability for Small Businesses, as part of the project’s outreach to local disadvantaged businesses.

The event is Wednesday, June 6 from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), 4134 North Vancouver Avenue. Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Lois D. Cohen Associates at 503-975-7073 or vanny@loisdcohen.com by June 4th.

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Public meeting on Macadam Bay access and regional trail options

Multnomah County Press Release - May 17, 2012

A public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 17 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Oaks Park Dance Pavilion, 7805 SE Oaks Park Way to provide an opportunity for public comment about two westside elements of the Sellwood Bridge project.

The new interchange that will be built at Highway 43 and the Sellwood Bridge will require the Macadam Bay floating home community to have a different access than the present one. The current Macadam Bay driveway will be too close to the new bridge interchange to operate safely. With input from the public and partner agencies, several alternatives have been developed for a new Macadam Bay access.

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High school students create model of new Sellwood Bridge

Multnomah County Press Release - April 26, 2012

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What - A team of four students at Portland’s ACE Academy have created scale models of the new and old Sellwood Bridges. The ACE Academy in Northeast Portland is a charter school with a project-based curriculum for students interested in careers in architecture, construction and engineering. The students will display their models and explain their class project at a meeting of the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners. The presentation is part of the Sellwood Bridge project’s school-based outreach program, which uses the bridge project as an educational opportunity for students in local K-12 schools.

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Sellwood Bridge committee to review westside access options

Multnomah County Press Release - April 20, 2012

The Community Advisory Committee for the Sellwood Bridge Project will meet on Monday, April 23 at 6:00 p.m. The meeting is at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue. Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comment.

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Tree removal begins for Sellwood Bridge project

Multnomah County Press Release - April 6, 2012

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A contractor will begin removing trees and brush on April 9 along Highway 43 near the west end of the Sellwood Bridge. The trees need to be removed for the construction project that will replace the bridge and its interchange with Highway 43. The work will affect traffic on Highway 43 during off-peak times.

Tree removal work will take place over several weeks, starting with trees on the west side of the highway north of the bridge near the cemetery, working northward toward Taylor’s Ferry. The work will take place Monday through Friday nights from 9 p.m. until as late as 6 a.m. The night work will require single lane closures, as well as complete closures for as long as 20 minutes. The outside southbound lane of Highway 43 will be closed on some mornings to allow the contractor to remove debris from the work zone.

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Sellwood Bridge committee meets on 90% design package

Multnomah County News Release - March 28, 2012

The Community Advisory Committee for the Sellwood Bridge Project will meet on Monday, April 2 at 5:30 p.m. to review the project’s 90% design package and receive several presentations and updates.  The meeting is at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue.  Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comment.

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Free management workshop offered for small businesses

Multnomah County News Release - March 23, 2012

The Sellwood Bridge project will offer a free management workshop for small businesses, as part of the project’s outreach to local disadvantaged businesses.  The event is Tuesday, April 10 from 1:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs (OAME), 4134 North Vancouver Avenue.  Pre-registration is required. To register, contact Lois D. Cohen Associates at 503-975-7073, or vanny@loisdcohen.com by April 5th. 

Topics to be covered at the workshop include:

  • Effective ways to manage your business and projects
  • Leadership: Managing your staff and your time
  • Fiscal management and key financial indicators
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Legislature approves funds for Sellwood Bridge and Cornelius Pass Road

Multnomah County News Release - March 12, 2012

The 2012 Oregon Legislature provided a major boost to Multnomah County’s efforts to replace the Sellwood Bridge and make safety improvements to a winding stretch of Northwest Cornelius Pass Road.

Senate Bill 1543 allocates $5 million to construct the Highway 43 intersection with the new Sellwood Bridge and $9.5 million to develop and construct improvements to Cornelius Pass Road.

Governor John Kitzhaber has indicated he will sign the bill into law this month.

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Sellwood Bridge committee meets on construction and design

Multnomah County Press Release - February 27, 2012

The Community Advisory Committee for the Sellwood Bridge Project will meet on Monday, February 27 at 5:30 p.m. for project updates and two presentations. The meeting is at SMILE Station, 8210 SE 13th Avenue. Meetings are open to the public and include time for public comment.

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Sellwood Bridge lane closure on Thursday

Multnomah County News Release - January 25, 2012

Electrical work on the Sellwood Bridge will require a single lane to be closed at times on Thursday, January 26 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. Flaggers will direct traffic in both directions around the closed section of the westbound lane. Drivers could experience delays of up to 20 minutes. The bridge sidewalk will remain open. The work is related to the bridge replacement project.

To avoid delays, drivers may want to consider using alternate river crossings such as the Ross Island or Hawthorne bridges.

Multnomah County maintains the Sellwood Bridge and 300 miles of roads and bridges. For bridge information, visit www.multco.us/bridges.

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Sellwood Bridge project honored for planning process

Multnomah County News Release - January 23, 2012

Sellwood Bridge project honored by FHWA -  Representatives from Multnomah County, City of Portland, Clackamas County, Metro, TriMet, Oregon Department of Transportation and Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) gather with Multnomah County commissioners after receiving award plaques for the Sellwood Bridge Project. FHWA's Oregon Administrator Phillip Ditzler (second from right) presented the awards in recognition of the public process conducted during the project's planning phase.Multnomah County and its partner agencies in the Sellwood Bridge project have received an award for the public process conducted during the project’s planning phase. The award from the Federal Highway Administration will be presented to the agencies at the Board of County Commissioners meeting on Tuesday, January 24 at 10 a.m. at 501 S.E. Hawthorne Boulevard. FHWA’s Oregon Administrator Phillip Ditzler will present the award.

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Sellwood Bridge lane closures postponed: Downed trees close NW Skyline Blvd.

Multnomah County News Release - January 18, 2012

Downed trees have closed N.W. Skyline Boulevard at N.W. Johnson Road, north of N.W. Cornelius Pass Road, in the rural northwest hills. The road is expected to reopen later today after crews remove the trees.

Lane closures that were planned on the Sellwood Bridge for electrical work on Thursday, January 19 have been postponed until Thursday, January 26, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. This week's winter storm delayed the work.

In rural east county, several roads remain fully or partially closed due to fallen trees and power lines:

  • Deverell Road on Larch Mountain is closed to all vehicles at the south end intersection with Louden Road
  • Gordon Creek Road is closed to trucks and buses between mile posts 1 and 2
  • Woodard Road is closed to trucks and buses at the north end intersection with the Historic Columbia River Highway

Multnomah County maintains these roads and 300 miles of roads and bridges.  For more information, visit www.multco.us/roads.

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Sellwood Bridge lane closure on Thursday

Multnomah County News Release - January 17, 2012

Electrical work on the Sellwood Bridge will require a single lane to be closed at times on Thursday, January 19 between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.  Flaggers will direct traffic in both directions around the closed section of the westbound lane.  Drivers could experience delays of up to 15 minutes.  The bridge sidewalk will remain open.

To avoid delays, drivers may want to consider using alternate river crossings such as the Ross Island or Hawthorne bridges.

Multnomah County maintains the Sellwood Bridge and 300 miles of roads and bridges.  For bridge information, visit www.multco.us/bridges.

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