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Sellwood Bridge update: Construction crews are more than 40 percent done with work

By Kelly House, The Oregonian - December 10, 2013

Crews working to build the new Sellwood Bridge are more than 40 percent done with the project, but the average citizen wouldn't know it by looking at the construction site.

Much of the work done so far has taken place underwater. Now that crews have wrapped up in-water work for the winter, bridge watchers will soon begin to see visible progress above ground.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com

Sellwood Bridge update: Migrating fish to halt underwater work

By Kelly House, The Oregonian - October 9, 2013

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Work on the $307 million Sellwood Bridge replacement will soon move from underwater to under cover of darkness as crews avoid an environmental concern unique to building bridges. The issue: Migratory salmon.

Crews must stop most of their underwater pile driving and concrete pouring by the end of October to comply with environmental regulations prohibiting activity that could disturb fish populations' seasonal runs.

Read the full article at OregonLive.com

New Sellwood Bridge taking shape with tons of steel and concrete paving the way

By Dana Tims, The Oregonian - August 13, 2013

The three steel arches that will define the new Sellwood Bridge won’t be installed for another year, but construction of their massive support columns is already under way.

Like much of the activity now taking place on the new $307.5-million bridge, however, it’s not easy to see.

Read the full story on OregonLive.com

Work progresses on the new Sellwood Bridge construction

By Michael Lloyd, The Oregonian - August 8, 2013

Work progresses on the new Sellwood Bridge. Concrete is being poured for the eastside abutment joining the new span and SE Tacoma Street and shoring is positioned on the waterline of the Willamette River in preparation for building pilings. The span itself is years away.

Watch the photo essay on OregonLive.com

Shaft-sinking snagged, as Sellwood Bridge in-water work begins

By David Ashton, Portland Tribune - August 2, 2013

Construction of the new Sellwood Bridge hit a snag in mid-July, preventing a continuous concrete pour for the first pier shaft at Bent 5, located just east of midpoint in the Willamette River.

Read the full story on the PortlandTribune.com

New Sellwood Bridge on Track for 2016 Completion

Sundt Connections - July 8, 2013

Now that the old Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Ore., has been successfully relocated, Sundt and joint venture partner Slayden Construction are hard at work constructing the new bridge, which is scheduled to be open in mid-2016. The team is close to completing the construction of the east and west work bridges – temporary structures that will facilitate bridge construction across the Willamette River.

Read the full article on Sundt.com

Sellwood Bridge project detour routes riders onto SW Macadam sidewalk

By Jonathan Maus - July 8, 2013

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Multnomah County has announced a major detour that will impact people who ride bicycles between downtown Portland and the Sellwood Bridge on the west side of the Willamette River.

As part of the Sellwood Bridge project a County contractor is replacing the culvert that crosses Stephens Creek under the trolley tracks between SW Miles Street/SW Taylors Ferry Road. Crews have put a detour in place (see graphic below) that will impact users of the Westside Trail until at least early 2014.

Read the full article on BikePortland.org

Old bridge open and safe; new Sellwood Bridge construction underway

By David F. Ashton - July 5, 2013

Portions of the old Sellwood Bridge’s former bents (piers) are disappearing – and new bridge bent foundations are being installed to support the coming new Sellwood Bridge.

“As contractors cut sections of the piers, they’re removing chunks of concrete, some of them weighing as much as 100,000 pounds,” commented Multnomah County’s spokesman for the project, Mike Pullen.

Read the full article on PortlandTribune.com

Designer refines Sellwood Bridge 'public art' project

By David F. Ashton - June 7, 2013

“We are meeting one milestone, contractually,” Mikyoung Kim said, at a May 1 meeting held at Sellwood’s SMILE Station. She was talking about her Sellwood Bridge Public Art Project.

“That milestone is the completion of the ‘Schematic Design’,” Kim told THE BEE, as people filtered into the building. “We are sharing the process of where we are right now. We will be moving into a ‘Detail Design’ throughout the next year.”

Read the full article on PortlandTribune.com

Bridge safety always a concern in 'Bridgetown'

May 24, 2013 - KGW.com

Safety of bridges like the one that collapsed in Skagit, Washington Thursday has always been a big issue in the city known as "Bridgetown."

Portland's Sellwood Bridge is the latest bridge project to be upgraded. Crews moved the bridge upriver as part of a temporary solution.

Read the article

How do you move an entire bridge?

May 7, 2013 - Popular Science

When the Sellwood Bridge in Portland, Oregon, was built in 1925, it wasn’t designed to carry 30,000 vehicles a day. So county engineers decided it was time for a new bridge, and the least expensive option ($306 million) was to move the existing structure over to serve as a detour while a new one was built in its place. But the bridge’s rare design—a one-piece, 1,100-foot, 3,400-ton truss—posed an unusual problem. How do you move a whole bridge at once?

Read the article

Sellwood Bridge construction even wakes the deaf

May 17, 2013 - KOIN.com

Jim Manning is legally deaf. He lives near the Sellwood Bridge in Portland and usually sleeps well. Except recently “When I go to bed, I take my hearing aids off,” he said. “But last night the sound woke me up.”

Read the article

Foundation construction underway for new Sellwood Bridge

Project News - May 10, 2013

With little publicity, the very quiet blasting near the west-side approach of the new Sellwood Bridge, reported on in the last issue of THE BEE, ended in April.

But, activity has picked up considerably in the east end, just north of the Sellwood Harbor Condominiums. Multnomah County project spokesman Mike Pullen told THE BEE. “Contractors are starting to build the foundations for the new eastern approach.”

Read the article

County Poised to Buy Land Near Sellwood Bridge, then Give it Back

Portland Mercury - April 24, 2013

To all the costly facets of the new Sellwood Bridge, add paying rent.

Or, as Multnomah County legalese terms it: a "settlement of condemnation litigation associated with the Sellwood Bridge Project."

The County Board of Commissioners tomorrow will vote on a proposed settlement with the owner of several parcels of land at the bridge's east end. Officials need the land—both to widen Tacoma Street and to use as a staging area—so they're buying it off owner Diana Richardson for almost five years, she said today. The county will return the land 57 months later.

Read the article

Sellwood Bridge blasting: More buildup than bang!

By David Ashton, The Sellwood Bee - April 7, 2013

Some media reports built up big expectations for Sellwood residents for a series of explosions on Highway 43. It was part of the plan to widen the highway for the new, bigger Sellwood Bridge west-side interchange. There was fear that the nighttime explosions would shake the ground and rattle windows. Read the article.

Sellwood Bridge Seeking Greenroads Rating

By the Willamette Light Brigade - March 25, 2013

The Sellwood Bridge project is the first project in Oregon to be considered for Greenroads certification. Similar to LEED certification for buildings, Greenroads recognizes and qualifies transportation projects, awarding points for the use of best practices for building sustainable infrastructure.

Read the full article at LightTheBridges.org

Southwest Miles Place residents raise concerns about preliminary regional trail design

By Rebecca Koffman - March 22, 2013

Residents expressed outrage over the preliminary design for a regional trail along Southwest Miles Place as part of the Sellwood Bridge Project, saying it would destroy the character of their riverfront street.

Though they argued last year that the regional trail should be placed along Miles Place, they now worry that their narrow street is ill-suited to become a thoroughfare for likely thousands of cyclists.

At a meeting last week, members of Multnomah County's Sellwood Bridge Project team shared design concepts for a regional trail to be constructed along the street that now functions as a de facto trail for hundreds of pedestrians and cyclists.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com

Bureaucracy Explains 'Cell Phones Off' Signs On Sellwood Bridge

By OPB - March 13, 2013

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Drivers crossing the Sellwood Bridge over the next month will be instructed to turn their cell phones off. But, as Kristian Foden-Vencil reports, authorities say there's no risk if you don't.  

A couple of nights a week, for the next month, engineers will be blowing up massive boulders at the west end of the bridge.  It's to make room for a big new junction. 

But while the blasting is going on, there'll be big orange signs telling people to turn off their cell phones and two-way radios. 

Don Hamilton of the Oregon Department of Transportation says it's a case of bureaucracy lagging behind technology. 

Hamilton says, "In the past when the blasting involved electrical blasting caps, there might have been a risk that there was some interference. But now with the use of microprocessors, there's absolutely no risk ... from two-way radios or cell phones."

Read the full article on OPB.org.

Sellwood Bridge committee has last meeting

By David F. Ashton - March 7, 2013

The remaining members of the Sellwood Bridge Project Community Advisory Committee (CAC) convened for the final time at SMILE Station on Monday evening, February 11.

The committee’s work began on June 26, 2006, at the Sellwood Baptist Church, when the first Community Task Force – the group that became the CAC – met to kick off the process of designing a replacement to the Sellwood Bridge.

The CAC ended its work with seven of the original twenty members still participating, more than six years later.

Read the full article on portlandtribune.com

Neighbors fighting thick dust from Sellwood Bridge project

By Dan Cassuto, KATU News - February 16, 2013

Judy Jacks and her husband enjoy an orchestra seat to construction at their condo near the Sellwood Bridge.

“I know it needs to be done,” said Jacks. “I’m happy they’re doing it. I’m sorry I’m so inconvenienced.”

That inconvenience comes in the form of a thick layer of dust that constantly coats their condo.

Read the full article on KATU.com

Sellwood Bridge move leaves some unhappy residents in the dust

By Dana Tims, The Oregonian - February 14, 2013

Steven Adkins knew life was going to change when the Sellwood Bridge was moved just that much closer to his waterfront townhouse three weeks ago. He just wasn't prepared for how much.

From inches-thick drifts of pulverized concrete to decreased property values to chest-thumping, round-the-clock noise of cars and trucks thundering over a troublesome new bridge joint, Adkins and dozens of others living in the bridge's shadow find themselves, very literally, left in the dust.

"Someday, this is going to be a great new bridge," said Adkins, gazing at the sprawling construction site from his river's edge patio. "But for right now, for the next three years, it's going to be unbelievably awful."

Read the full article on OregonLive.com

New Sellwood Bridge drives students’ learning

By Mary Breaden, PSU Vanguard - February 11, 2013

The big one will hit Portland, earthquake experts say, in only a matter of time.

So, for the next two and a half years, Portland’s engineers, a group that includes experts and students within the Portland State community, will work to ensure that the Sellwood Bridge can withstand this natural disaster.

Oregon is located in the middle of a subduction zone, where the friction caused by the movement between two overlapping tectonic plates can cause hard-hitting earthquakes.

Read the full article on PSUVanguard.com

Moving the Sellwood Bridge: How they did it

By David F. Ashton, The Bee - February 7, 2013

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When the Sellwood Bridge was opened 87 years ago, the designers assured the community that the steel Willamette River crossing would provide safe passage for at least 50 years. They were right.

But by the 1970s, Multnomah County officials realized the bridge would need replacement; repeated compression and crumpling of elements of the west-end approach – not yet identified as being caused by the slipping of an ancient landslide upon which the bridge had been built – made it clear that repairs would not be enough. But, one set of Commissioners after another deferred the project, “kicking the can down the road” for their successors to worry about.

After decades of patching and bracing the west-side ramp to the bridge, the Multnomah County Commissioners in 2006 started what would become a ten-year project to replace the bridge.

Read the full article at PortlandTribune.com

Bridge Construction Slideshow IX

By Karen I. Westphalen - January 30, 2013

Blogger Karen I. Westphalen has created another installment in her series of slideshows featuring images and audio about the construction of the new Sellwood Bridge.

Sellwood Bridge coughs up the year's first spring chinook, but project alters boating, fishing on the Willamette River

By Bill Monroe, The Oregonian - January 26, 2013

The air is still, the water calm, glassy ... green.

Fogbanks wisp softly across the West Hills, testing the distant pulse of downtown Portland. Parts of buildings, the tram, vehicle lights whimsically come and go from view.

A sea lion swirls on the river's surface. It is, after all, getting close to spring chinook salmon season. 

But as John Shmilenko  of Portland swings his boat into the current to troll atop Sellwood's traditional honey hole, it takes a few seconds to realize the "whop-whop-whop" in my ears isn't a defective sparkplug in his trolling motor.

Read full article at OregonLive.com

GigaPan technology captures Sellwood Bridge move

By Cathy Cheney, Portland Business Journal - January 23, 2013

I've spent the past couple of weeks playing with a new photo technology developed by a Portland company. Gigapan makes robotic mounting systems and software tools that allow photographers to make super high-resolution panoramic images and view them down to the most minute of details.

I've already posted a couple of images I shot using the technology, but I couldn't pass up the opportunity for for one more, the moving of the Sellwood Bridge.

This image is composed of 20 frames and took me three tries in freezing weather to get the shot (well, "shots," actually) I wanted.

See the image on the Portland Business Journal website

Watch Portland Move an Entire Bridge in One Day

By John Metcalfe, The Atlantic Monthly - January 23, 2013

When moving a 1,100-foot-long bridge to a different location without taking it apart, you need a few things. There's the painfully cautious planning process, veteran work crews and heavy machinery, obviously. But you also want lots of dishwashing liquid – Dawn detergent works well, if you can rustle up a few barrels of it.

Dish soap is invaluable when it comes to sliding a 3,400-ton span from its old supports onto new ones, as engineers in Portland demonstrated this Saturday while moving the Sellwood Bridge. Over the course of 14 hours, specialists from heavy-lifting company Omega Morgan used hydraulic jacks to push the Sellwood's primary section as much as 66 feet to the side, proceeding at a glacial pace of 6 feet per hour. Unlike a certain other bridge project, this one went off without a hitch, and the slightly nudged Sellwood should reopen to traffic this week.

Read the full article and see a collection of videos at TheAtlanticCities.com

Sellwood Bridge could reopen to traffic Wednesday afternoon, depending on results of structural tests

By Dana Tims, The Oregonian - January 22, 2013

The Sellwood Bridge could reopen to traffic as early as Wednesday afternoon if structural tests indicate Saturday's move of the 87-year-old structure didn't damage its steel truss.

"If we could do that, we know it would make commuters very happy," Mike Pullen, a county spokesman, said. "But we may not know until early tomorrow since post-move tests are still underway."

The 30,500 vehicles that use the span daily have had to find alternative routes since the bridge closed Jan. 17 in preparation for Saturday's historic move. The closure has resulted in lengthy delays for many commuters.

Read the full article at OregonLive.com

Multnomah County On Track To Reopen Sellwood Bridge By Thursday

OPB - January 22, 2013

The Sellwood Bridge is still scheduled to reopen Thursday. But the county says if it can open it sooner, it will. 

Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen says the move onto temporary supports was flawless. One indicator, he says, is that the bridge didn't groan or make any noise.

Go to OPB.com to hear the newsclip and see a time-lapse video of the move from the west side

Epic Bridge Move

iReport, CNN - January 21, 2013

Cronked stood on the East side of Portland's Willamette River, facing West, and shot about 10 hours of video to capture the move of the Sellwood Bridge. He used editing software to speed it up to 15 seconds. 'It was cold, but this was a once-in-a-lifetime event,' said the iReporter, who crosses the 87-year-old bridge every day. The bridge provides the only crossing for a 12-mile stretch of the Willamette River between Oregon City and Portland, and it connects several state highways. It ranks a 2 out of a possible 100 on a national bridge structural rating scale, and has narrow lanes with no shoulder or median. The iReporter said he and others are looking forward to the new bridge, which will have wide sidewalks and bike lanes in both directions.

Click to view the video on CNN.com

Crews say Sellwood Bridge project going well

By Keely Chalmers, KGW - January 21, 2013

In a monumental move over the weekend, crews slid the Sellwood Bridge onto a new set of support columns. Engineers said the move went about as smooth as it could have gone.

On Saturday crews moved the 1100 foot, 6.8-million-pound bridge span over to the north - a total of 66 feet. The process took about 14 hours. The span moved only about three quarters of an inch a minute.

Watch the newscast on KGW.com

Omega Morgan boosts credentials after successful Sellwood Bridge move

By Fenit Nirappil, The Oregonian - January 21, 2013

After masterminding the seamless move of the Sellwood Bridge this past weekend, Hillsboro-based Omega Morgan plans to pursue new transportation projects with a much-boosted résumé.

The heavy equipment mover was selected as a subcontractor for the $307.5 million bridge replacement project. Months of planning and endless meetings culminated on Jan. 19 as the bridge was moved to a temporary location dozens of feet away, inches at a time, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. The old bridge will serve as a detour until 2015 while the new bridge is built.

"This is not a big leap forward. It's the same bits and pieces we're used to," said Ralph Di Caprio, Omega Morgan's chief engineer and the brains behind the Sellwood Bridge move.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com

Twelve hours: The Sellwood Bridge move comes off without a hitch

The Oregonian - January 21, 2013

Watch a narrated video of the Sellwood Bridge move

Timelapse video: The Sellwood Bridge's big move

By FOX 12 Webstaff - January 20, 2013

It's been in place for 87 years, but on Saturday the Sellwood Bridge went on the move Saturday.

The entire span of the bridge was moved so that construction on the new bridge can begin. Engineers are using 10 sliding jacks, 40 lifting jacks and a central control system to make sure the move goes exactly as it should.

The bridge weighs almost 7 million pounds and is nearly 11,000 feet long. It was moved about 66 feet on the west end and 33 feet on the east end onto temporary supports.

It was done at an angle because the new bridge is wider at the west end. Crews will then begin building the new bridge in the old space.

Read the full article and view the time-lapse video at KPTV.com

Sellwood Bridge move comes off without a hitch, amazing hundreds of onlookers

By Dana Tims, The Oregonian - January 19, 2013

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The Sellwood Bridge on Saturday provided daylong entertainment for a giddy crowd of hundreds of awestruck onlookers, as its 6.8 million-pound span moved -- in what seemed miraculous to many -- inches at a time onto new, temporary supports.

The move came off flawlessly, capping months of intense planning and detailed preparations.

Read the full article at OregonLive.com.

Sellwood Bridge moves, inch by inch (photos)

By Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian - January 19, 2013

Scores of onlookers watched the inch-by-inch move today of the 87-year-old span on tracks. Bridge engineers reported no problems with the move, which is expected to wrap up by late afternoon or early evening. When finished, the existing Sellwood Bridge will end up a few yards north on temporary steel supports placed last year in the Willamette River. It will then be used as a detour bridge for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians as work gets underway on a permanent span in the old bridge's prior location.

See the photo essay at OregonLive.com

Sellwood Bridge makes its move Saturday

By KGW staff - January 19, 2013

Saturday was moving day for the 87-year-old Sellwood Bridge with just a 66-foot trip to connect to a detour bridge while a new one is built.

Despite Saturday’s early morning fog, it was clear everything was in place for the big move of this 34-hundred-ton stretch of the Sellwood Bridge.

Tom grant from Lake Oswego came out for this history making photo op. He and his wife have been following the bridge moves progress for over a year. “It’s a huge endeavor to plan and make something as complex come off without a hitch,” Grant said.

Watch the news broadcast on KGW.com

Engineers Push Sellwood Bridge Onto Temporary Pilings

OPB - January 19, 2013

Engineers managed to push the deck of the Sellwood Bridge about 60 feet north onto new temporary pilings on Saturday.

Friday night, engineers lifted the 1,100-foot deck a couple of inches above its 87-year-old pilings. Then, first thing Saturday they began pushing it north.

Project manager Ian Cannon says the work is done very slowly: "We move it for about 30 seconds, and then we check it, and after each time we've moved it, it's all been in tolerance."

Read the full article at OPB.com

Inch-by-inch, the Sellwood Bridge is moved

Jennifer Meacham, KOIN Local 6 - January 19, 2013

Inch-by-inch, the Sellwood Bridge made its big move over the weekend.
Hundreds of onlookers spent a sunny, but cold, Saturday watching the 87-year-old southeast Portland span move a few yards to aid the construction of its replacement.

"I can't believe how they're moving the whole bridge over," said one young onlooker. "I just can't believe that."

Watch the broadcast on KOINlocal6.com

Sellwood Bridge move with old piers at right

By Associated Press and KATU.com Staff - January 19, 2013

Inch-by-inch, the Sellwood Bridge is on the move.

Hundreds of onlookers spent a sunny, but cold Saturday watching the 87-year-old southeast Portland span move a few yards to aid the construction of its replacement. "It's been quite interesting. I've enjoyed the whole process," said Robert Seidel. "I'm just amazed by the engineering."

Read the full article at KATU.com

New Sellwood Bridge earthworks project aimed at halting ancient landslide that caused structural damage for decades

By Dana Tims, The Oregonian - January 18, 2013

One of the single biggest elements of the new Sellwood Bridge is one the public will never see, but its importance can't be overstated.

The project, technically known as "slope stabilization," aims at halting an ancient, ongoing westside landslide that determined why the bridge needs replacing and why it was built there in the first place. Tons of steel and concrete, artfully threaded among the bridge's supports, are intended to hold an entire hillside right where it is.

The work isn't nearly as eye-catching as the existing bridge's move, which gets under way today. Nearly all of the landslide project, after all, is buried beneath tons of earth.

Read the full story at OregonLive.com

Sellwood Bridge's move, set for Saturday, proceeding smoothly, contractors say

By Dana Tims, The Oregonian - January 18, 2013

The historic move of the 87-year-old Sellwood Bridge is already underway -- if, that is, the vertical aspect of the move counts.

Crews have already activated lifting jacks placed beneath the bridge's 10 weight-bearing points, hoisting the 1,100-foot-long steel truss about two and one-half inches off its concrete supports.

The horizontal "translation" of the bridge onto new, temporary supports just downstream from the existing alignment will get underway at about 8:30 a.m., Saturday.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com

Sellwood Bridge closure: Lessons from Thursday morning's slow commute

By Joseph Rose, The Oregonian - January 17, 2013

The traffic prophecy has been fulfilled. As predicted, the Sellwood Bridge's week-long closure started Thursday morning with traffic jams on just about every alternate route into Portland.

With thousands of Clackamas County and Southeast Portland drivers forced to find a different passage to work, the bumper-to-bumper chain reaction happened quickly.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com

Sellwood Bridge closes in preparation of big move

Steve Law, Portland Tribune - January 16, 2013

Multnomah County will close the Sellwood Bridge for a week, starting at 5 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, to allow a contractor to set up a temporary “detour” bridge while a replacement bridge is built. The bridge will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

Motorists heading to Highway 43 are advised to use the Ross Island Bridge or Interstate 205 instead. Travelers should expect more traffic congestion during the one-week bridge closure.

Read the full article at the PortlandTribune.com

Sellwood Bridge: Span closes to traffic Thursday, moves Saturday

The Oregonian - January 15, 2013

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Starting Saturday, the deck of the Sellwood Bridge will be moved ever so slowly to new piers that will turn it into a temporary detour bridge.

"If you love bridges, this is what it's all about," said Kunkle, a foreman with Stayton-based Slayden Construction, which formed a joint venture with Sundt, an Arizona contractor, to tackle the $307.5 million replacement of the Sellwood Bridge. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime project."

Read the full article at OregonLive.com

Businesses Prepare For Week-Long Sellwood Bridge Closure

OPB - January 15, 2013

The Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to close at 5 a.m. Thursday. Workers will push the structure's steel deck sideways about 60 feet over the weekend. Then they'll reattach the deck to the road, so by the end of next week commuters  will be able to drive around the platform where the new bridge will be built. 

Business owners on either side of the bridge are pleased the closure is only scheduled for a week.  But some are still worried about the bottom line.

Read the full article at OPB.org

Can you handle no Sellwood Bridge for a week?

Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com - January 15, 2013

Folks who regularly travel the Sellwood Bridge are going to have find a different way to get around for a week.

The bridge, which first opened to traffic in 1925, is getting replaced with a new one and this week crews will be sliding over the existing truss span to create a detour bridge that will be used during construction.

"It's probably one of the longest old bridges that's ever been moved, especially in this unusual way where it moves further from one end to the other," said Mike Pullen with Multnomah County. "We don't know if it's setting a world record."

Read the full article on KATU.com

Sellwood Bridge will close in preparation for move

By Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian - January 15, 2013

Work continued Monday at Portland's Sellwood Bridge in advance of its closure and planned move later in the week. The main bridge structure will be shifted over onto new supports to create a temporary detour bridge allowing a new bridge to be built in its old location. Workers shuttle across the Willamette River in a view looking toward the west end of the project.

View the photo gallery on OregonLive.com

Sellwood Bridge to close for one week starting Thursday

FOX 12 Staff - January 15, 2013

Moving the 1,100-foot-long truss span to set up a detour bridge marks another milestone in the effort to replace Multnomah County's 87-year old Sellwood Bridge. Setting up the detour bridge will require the Sellwood Bridge to be closed to all users from 5 a.m. on Thursday to 7 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 24. The actual move is expected to take 12 to 16 hours on Saturday, starting at about 8:30 a.m.

Read the full article at kptv.com

Sellwood Bridge to close for the 'Big Move'

Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.org - January 15, 2013

If riding across the Sellwood Bridge is part of your daily routine, you need to make other plans. The 1,100 foot long bridge is set to close from this Thursday January 17th - 24th while construction crews move it — yes, move it — to the north to make room for the new bridge. The old bridge will become the detour around ongoing construction.

Read the full article at BikePortland.org

Sellwood Bridge closure begins Thursday

KGW staff - January 12, 2013

The Sellwood Bridge will be closing in less than a week, and when it does, a big moving project will begin. Experts say the new Sellwood Bridge should be able to withstand an earthquake that is equal to the largest to hit Portland in the past 1,000 years.

Full story and video broadcast at KGW.com

Sellwood Bridge to be moved 66 feet north

KGW.com - January 9, 2013

In a marvel of engineering, the Sellwood Bridge will be moved 66 feet north on Jan. 19 as part of eventually replacing the span.

The bridge will completely close between 5 a.m. Jan. 17 and 7 a.m. Jan. 24, then reopen in its new configuration as a temporary detour.

Read the full article on KGW.com

Sellwood Bridge 'big slide' forces closure

Raymond Rendleman, Clackamas Review - 9 January, 2013

The Sellwood Bridge will close early on Thursday, Jan. 17, and a reconstructed span is scheduled to reopen by Thursday, Jan. 24, Multnomah County officials say.

The new truss span will be moved in a one-day operation on Saturday, Jan. 19, weather permitting. Highway 43 to the Ross Island Bridge to Highway 99E (McLoughlin Boulevard) will be the northern detour route. McLoughlin Boulevard to Interstate 205 (Abernethy Bridge at Oregon City and West Linn) is the southern detour route.

Read more at the PortlandTribune.com

Omega Morgan Will Move Portland’s Sellwood Bridge January 19

PRWEB - January 2, 2013

The Sellwood Bridge, with a truss span 1,100 feet long, 75 feet high and 28 feet wide, crosses the Willamette River and links SW Portland to its SE business district and suburbs. On January 19, Omega Morgan will undertake one of the longest bridge moves ever when it shifts the Sellwood Bridge in one piece and on a radius to the north.

Read the full article at PRWeb.com