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Multnomah County releases more details on Sellwood Bridge overruns

By Tony Hernandez, The Oregonian - updated December 26, 2014

Multnomah County officials this week expanded the list of factors behind the rising cost of the Sellwood Bridge project and disclosed that contractors have disputed some of the overruns.

The details came to light as officials released records sought by The Oregonian on the overruns, estimated to reach as high as $10 million over the original price tag of $307.5 million.

Read the full story on OregonLive.com

Sellwood Bridge: first steel arch pieces arrive by barge

By Randy L. Rasmussen The Oregonian - December 15, 2014

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The first steel arch pieces of Portland's new Sellwood Bridge arrived Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the bridge site, carried by a barge delivering them from Vancouver where they were built.

Read the full story on OregonLive.com

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

Engineers Show Off 6 New Arches For Sellwood Bridge

OPB, September 3, 2014

The company building the Sellwood Bridge showed off the large arches that will eventually support the roadway. The arches have to be thicker and stronger than might be expected, to withstand a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake.

Read the full story on OPB.org.

Multnomah County Monday roundup: Sellwood Bridge construction causes lane closures

By Kelly House, The Oregonian - August 25, 2014

Work on the Sellwood bridge will hamper midday commutes on Highway 43 on Monday, After the morning commute, crews will shift the lanes south of the bridge to the west so crews can build the east side of the new interchange. The highway’s outside southbound lane between S.W. Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge will continue being closed on weekdays until 4 p.m. as crews build a retaining wall. A northbound lane will also close on weekdays until 4 p.m.

See a photo slideshow on OregonLive.com.

More girders to be installed on Portland's new Sellwood Bridge

By Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian - August 4, 2014

Work on the new Sellwood Bridge across the Willamette River continued Thursday as workers put in forms for the concrete decking on the east side of the bridge. The decking will sit atop and between girders that were put in place last May.

Read more at OregonLive.com

Contractors To Replace Pieces Of Concrete Wall In Sellwood Bridge Project

OPB News - July 23, 2014

Contractors building the Sellwood Bridge have to dig-out significant parts of a newly-poured concrete wall, following technical problems.

When large structures like the retaining wall along SW Macadam are poured, big vibrators help the wet concrete settle — getting rid of any bubbles.

Read more at OPB.org

ACE students create prototype bench for the new Sellwood Bridge

By Sara DiNatale, The Oregonian - June 13, 2014

Four new high school graduates are eager to be part of Portland history. Their mark? Four benches that are set to outfit the new Sellwood Bridge.

Ethan Wells, Taylor Lehman, Rebekah Fast and Jesse Martinez all just completed ACE Academy, a charter school in Southeast Portland where they built a prototype of the benches. They presented it on Tuesday to the Board of Commissioners for Multnomah County, which owns the Sellwood span.

Read more at OregonLive.com

Sellwood Bridge to close Tues. through Fri.

By Jeff Thompson, KGW.com - May 12, 2014

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The Sellwood Bridge will be closed from 7 p.m. Tuesday until as late as 4 p.m. Friday, county officials said.

The bridge will be closed to all motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians while 27 concrete girders are being installed.

Read more at KGW.com

Divers work the depths of the Willamette River to create new Sellwood Bridge (photos)

By Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian - May 9, 2014

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Pat Joseph spent part of his 34th birthday squishing epoxy into metal seams at the bottom of the Willamette River. Joseph is a diver for Cascade Diving Company, part of a crew that takes care of any of the work that needs to done below the surface of the water at the site of the new Sellwood Bridge.

Read more at OregonLive.com.

Crews finish pouring large footing for Sellwood Bridge in SE Portland in record time

By Lynne Terry, The Oregonian - March 29, 2014

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Transportation officials expected the work on the footing for a Sellwood Bridge column to spill over into Saturday, perhaps disrupting traffic on the west side until about noon.

Instead, crews started early Friday and finished before the crack of dawn on Saturday, about 12 hours sooner than expected.

Read the full story on OregonLive.com

Portland's historic Sellwood Bridge shifts in 2013, making way for new bridge

By Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian - January 6, 2014

In 2013, Multnomah County moved the old, deteriorating Sellwood Bridge onto new supports, allowing for the construction of a new bridge roughly in the footprint of the old one.

Throughout the year I captured photos of the bridge in transition, including progress on the construction of the new bridge and the modified traffic routes that have impacted the daily commute.

Enjoy the photo gallery of a year's worth of work on the Sellwood Bridge, and look for more photos throughout 2014. Multnomah County plans to have the new bridge open in 2015.

See the photo gallery here.