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Traffic changes for Sellwood Bridge closure November 19 - 21

Multnomah County Press Release - November 17, 2014

Traffic changes are in store for Sellwood Bridge users when the bridge is closed from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 21.  The closure will allow the bridge contractor to do work to shift traffic onto the new east approach from SE Tacoma Street.

After the traffic shift, the contractor will demolish the eastern spans of the old approach in December and construct the north half of the approach in 2015.  When the bridge reopens on Friday, bridge users will travel a wide S-curve from the detour bridge onto the new east approach.  Bicyclists and pedestrians will share a path separated from traffic by a concrete barrier.  The speed limit on the bridge will be reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph for safety, until the new bridge opens in 2016.

During the closure the bridge will be closed to motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.  Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic.

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