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Sellwood Bridge opening celebration and bike party set for February 27th

By Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland - December 17, 2015

According to Multnomah County the new Sellwood Bridge will be ready for traffic by late February or early March. That would be about 10 years since we first started planning it and just over four years since the project broke ground in 2011.

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Sellwood Bridge Deck Pour Marks Last Major Step

By Tim Newcomb, Engineering News-Record

The completion of the last major bridge deck pour on the Sellwood Bridge in Portland marks a major milestone for the project to construct a new 2,000-ft span across the Willamette River.

Building the new bridge, which will be the second new span across the river since 1973—the first new span opened in November with the welcoming of Tilikum Crossing—required the sliding of the original 1925-built bridge in order to make room for the new structure.

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Sellwood steamboats and ferries: Public transportation, over a century ago

By Dana Beck, The Bee - November 29, 2015

There are today many ways to reach the Westmoreland-Sellwood neighborhood – by car, bus, MAX, or bicycle. Public transportation still plays a role.

In the 1890’s, a streetcar ran down Milwaukie Avenue and 13th, and later the interurban rail line ran along the riverfront where the Springwater Trail is now, stopping at Golf Junction at the south end of Sellwood.

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Sellwood Bridge gets decked for the Holidays

By David F. Ashton, The Bee - November 29, 2015

Depending on the weather, the new Sellwood Bridge’s concrete deck might be completed before the end of the year.

That’s what Mike Pullen, Multnomah County spokesman for the project, said, when he took THE BEE on a mid-November tour below, and on the surface of, the new bridge.

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New Sellwood Bridge is a major upgrade from old, outdated bridge: Spanning Oregon

By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian - November 21, 2015

The new Sellwood Bridge features a wide, open span that leaps from each bank of the Willamette River in three graceful arches. It's a welcome change from the old, drab, cracked, narrow two-lane bridge.

The new bridge has two viewing areas on each side, two 12-foot-wide sidewalks, two 6.5-foot-wide bicycle lanes and the structural integrity and seismic soundness befitting a 21st century bridge. It remains two lanes, but flares to four lanes on the west end and three lanes with a center turn lane on the east end to ease congestion.

Read the full article at OregonLive.com


Oregon labor bureau cracks down on Oregon City flagging company

By George Rede, The Oregonian - November 18, 2015

Efforts to rein in an Oregon City company accused of repeated wage violations ramped up Tuesday as the state labor bureau proposed to disqualify the owner from working on any publicly funded projects for three years.

The Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries has been investigating the company and its owner, Evan Williams, since at least 2011 through several name changes as the business provoked wage claims and other complaints on multiple public works projects.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com


Sellwood Bridge project: Expect long traffic delays on Tuesday

By Tony Hernandez, The Oregonian - November 16, 2015

Drivers and commuters using the Sellwood Bridge on Tuesday can expect long delays as construction crews begin the next phase of traffic flow for people using Oregon 43. The video simulation shows the different traffic phases commuters will see while using Oregon 43 along the Sellwood Bridge project. The project is 85 percent complete as of October 2015 and should be fully completed by late 2016. 

Construction crews will be shifting traffic lanes from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Crews will begin on the southbound lanes at 7 a.m. and then on then northbound lanes after 9 a.m.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com


New Sellwood Bridge: Ready for concrete decking

By David F. Ashton, The Bee - October 30, 2015

With its tens of thousands of bolts now all in place, and after acres of rebar were installed, crews are now starting to pour the concrete deck surface on the new Sellwood Bridge.

When we strolled on top of a vast expanse of honeycombed rebar in mid-October accompanied by Mike Pullen – the project’s spokesman – workers were carefully checking for construction debris, and pulling out any they found with grippers or magnets. After that cleanup was finished, the pour would begin.

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Checking in on the Sellwood Bridge project

By Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland - October 13, 2015

Multnomah County has made major progress on the Sellwood Bridge project and at the start of next month they’ll flip the switch on a traffic change that will impact your bike ride.

In early November, people using the northbound lane of Highway 43 will begin using new interchange ramps and the southbound lane will be routed under the new bridge. If you’re headed from the bridge up into Riverview Cemetery, you’ll use a new entrance (a bit further north than the existing entry location) that lines up with the new interchange.

Read the full article on BikePortland.org


Sellwood Bridge project approaches $317.5 million

By Tony Hernandez, The Oregonian - October 7, 2015

Multnomah County's Sellwood Bridge project is about to reach a milestone officials were hoping not to reach.

The estimated cost is $80,261 away from reaching $317.5 million, the high end of a reported cost that's driven by unexpected issues through the years, such as underwater drilling, traffic control and groundwork, according to records obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Anything beyond $317.5 million means the cost will be split between the city of Portland and Multnomah County. 

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Finish line in sight for Sellwood Bridge project

By Garrett Andrews, Daily Journal of Commerce - October 6, 2015

When the Sellwood Bridge opened in 1925, it was Portland’s first to serve only motor vehicles and not streetcars. Now, concrete will soon be poured twice as thick in parts of the new Sellwood Bridge to ensure that it’s “streetcar ready” should that infrastructure ever be called for.

The $317 million new bridge is now about 80 percent complete, with about one year of work remaining. It’s the costliest project in Multnomah County history, and much of the heavy work is already done, county spokesman Mike Pullen said on a site walk-through last week.

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Sellwood Bridge: Acres of rebar

By David F. Ashton, THE BEE -October 2, 2015

In the same places THE BEE toured for last month’s pictorial on the surface of the new Sellwood Bridge, weeks later the concrete deck forms were covered with layers of cross-hatched rebar.

“This will probably be the first deck section to be poured,” remarked our tour guide, and the Multnomah County Sellwood Bridge spokesman, Mike Pullen, during a September tour of the project.

All that rebar felt to us like stepping out on a giant mattress box spring! Our tour continued, stories below the deck, on the east-side work bridge

Read the full article on PortlandTribune.com.


"Out-of-spec bolts" slow Sellwood Bridge progress

By David F. Ashton, THE BEE - September 4, 2015

With most of the heavy construction work completed on S.E. 6th Avenue, both north and south of Tacoma Street, most of the infrastructure work for the eastern landing of the new Sellwood Bridge has been completed.

Crews will soon be installing a traffic control signal at the intersection, according to Multnomah County Sellwood Bridge Project spokesman Mike Pullen. “However, the signal won’t be turned on until the new bridge has opened,” he said.

And, it appears that the new bridge won’t be fully in service until February or March of next year, Pullen said, as he took THE BEE on a new tour of the site.

One of the things slowing progress is a potential problem with some of the bolts that were supplied for the project.

Read the full article on PortlandTribune.com.


Multnomah County to pay Portland $3.6 million for Sellwood Bridge work

By Tony Hernandez, The Oregonian - August 5, 2015

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Multnomah County's $307.5 million Sellwood Bridge project isn't just about cars crossing the Willamette River.

County officials are planning to send millions of dollars to Portland's coffers for project-related work that impacts 15,000 water customers and hundreds others who use a trail near Willamette Moorage Park on the west side of the river north of the bridge.

Multnomah County plans to reimburse the city $3.6 million for work that city employees did on the project. Multnomah County commissioners are scheduled Thursday to vote on an agreement authorizing the payment.

Mike Pullen, county spokesman, said the $3.6 million does not increase the project's budget.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com.


Portland's new Sellwood Bridge progresses toward its 2016 opening (Photos)

By Randy L. Rasmussen, The Oregonian - July 20, 2015

Portland's new Sellwood Bridge now spans the Willamette River with all three steel arch supports in place and work well along on the steel beam structure that spans the arches to provide a foundation for the bridge's final surface.

Meanwhile, on both the west and east ends of the new bridge, work continues to create and refine the approaches that link roadways to both get across the river and travel north and south on Highway 43.

Plans are for the new bridge to open in January of 2016 and all construction to be finished later in the year.

See the photo slideshow on OregonLive.com.


Sellwood Bridge: Deck forms ready for concrete pour

By David F. Ashton, THE BEE - July 3, 2015

Construction work on the new Sellwood Bridge project, high over the Willamette River, is moving along rapidly now. But it’s not as visible as are the changes in Sellwood, at the intersection of S.E. Tacoma Street and 6th Avenue.

“Contractors are rebuilding the intersection, and adding a traffic signal,” explained Multnomah County project spokesman Mike Pullen.

“Currently the work is on the north side of Tacoma Street,” Pullen pointed out. “Work here has impacted the public coming and going to Oaks [Amusement] Park and Sellwood Riverview Park.”

But, by the time the July 4th holiday weekend rolls around, the underground work should be completed in that area, Pullen told THE BEE. “Then, they will be transitioning to working on the south side of Tacoma Street during the summer months.”

Read the full article on THE BEE.


Sellwood Bridge project provides job training for hundreds of apprentices

By Tony Hernandez, The Oregonian - July 2, 2015

Patricio Gomez, an apprentice laborer at Multnomah County's Sellwood Bridge project, is no stranger to prison, he said. A gang lifestyle and other bad decisions had placed him behind bars on more than one occasion, but fatherhood and his first son changed his life three years ago, he said.

After a brief stint working with Christmas trees, his father-in-law suggested construction, the 27-year-old Monmouth resident said. More than two years ago, he started his first construction job working at the bridge project.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com.


New Sellwood Bridge taking shape

By David F. Ashton, The Portland Tribune - June 5, 2015

Now that the piers are in place, and the arches have been installed, the new Sellwood Bridge is looking more like – well, a real bridge, these days.

Touring the project in mid-May with Multnomah County spokeswoman Mike Pullen, THE BEE got a look over – and under – the construction.

Just beyond the east bridge approach, crews were working on the roadway.

Looking west, Pullen pointed out, “There are five spans connecting S.E. Tacoma Street to the bridge itself. The only span that we’ll be able to completely finish this year is the easternmost one.”

Read the article on PortlandTribune.com.


Arches installation: New Sellwood Bridge takes shape

By David F. Ashton, The Bee - May 1, 2015

“Today is a milestone for the Sellwood Bridge Project,” smiled Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen on Tuesday, March 31, while standing on the east-side work bridge. “As another steel arch segment is lifted into place, for the first time we now have a structure completely crossing the center of the Willamette River.”

The pelting rain and brief hailstorm that day didn’t dampen Pullen’s enthusiasm for the progress, as THE BEE again joined him for a tour of the work area.

In construction, supervisors measure a project in terms of “Critical Path” items, Pullen commented. “The completion of these three steel arches is the most important thing to keep us on schedule."

Read the full article on The Bee.


Weekend Sellwood Bridge closure expected to clog up Ross Island Bridge, I-5 and Oregon 99E

By Joseph Rose, The Oregonian - April 17, 2015

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A weekend closure of the Sellwood Bridge that starts Friday evening is expected to create additional congestion on the Ross Island Bridge, Southeast McLoughlin Boulevard and Interstate 5 through Sunday.

The Sellwood, which carries more than 15,000 vehicles a day, needs to be closed in order for crews to shift drivers onto a new "traffic stage" on the west approach to the new $307.5 million bridge, said Mike Pullen, a Multnomah County transportation spokesman.

Read the full article on OregonLive.com.


Center span of Portland's new Sellwood Bridge linked

By Randy L. Rasmussen,The Oregonian - March 31, 2015

Workers have nearly spanned the Willamette River with steel arches for Portland's new Sellwood Bridge. On Tuesday, sections of one of the center arches were joined when the "keystone" piece was lifted into place and secured with thousands of bolts.

Mike Pullen, spokesman for Multnomah County's bridge project, said that he expected by end-of-day Tuesday that both spans of the center would be completed.

View the full story, photos and video at OregonLive.com.


Concrete Repairs Explained

Construction Update - March 24, 2015

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Recent news stories have reported on concrete repairs that are being made to a column on one of the Sellwood Bridge river piers. Several stories reported that chunks of concrete had fallen from the column, which is not correct. The voids in the column are areas where the contractor intentionally removed concrete that did not consolidate (mix well) during the pour.  After the bad concrete is removed, the void is filled with a grout that is stronger and more durable than the original concrete.  The repair is the contractor's responsibility and does not affect the project's cost, schedule or quality. After the column surface is finished and stained, the repair will not be visible. Similar concrete repairs have been performed on other bridge projects around the state, following a state specification. The county and the contractor have taken steps to improve the quality of concrete pours on the project.


Sellwood Bridge arches being installed

By Elishah Oesch, KOIN 6 - March 9, 2015

Construction on the new Sellwood Bridge is likely to slow traffic this week as heavy steel arch segments are being installed.

“We have a very large barge with a crane on it,” said Multnomah County spokesperson Mike Pullen. “You see some of the curves of the arches and they’ll be on the east span of the new Sellwood Bridge.”

Traffic will be tied up periodically through Wednesday as crews install the steel segments which weigh up to 300,000 pounds for the east arch. Installation affects the traffic, Pullen said, because the existing bridge “is very, very close to where these steel segments for the new arch are going to be installed.”

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2015 Newsmakers: Omega Morgan

By: Stephanie Basalyga, Daily Journal of Commerce - March 2, 2015

With 34,000 vehicles crossing it daily, the Sellwood Bridge is the second busiest bridge in Portland. An inspection in 2009 identified cracking and structural concerns, and led Multnomah County to decide the structure had to be replaced.

But how could the county replace the bridge while minimizing the impact on the cars that needed to travel from one side of the river to the other?

Enter Omega Morgan with a unique solution.

Read more on the Daily Journal of Commerce website.


Bike riders can expect up to 20 minute delays at Sellwood Bridge through end of March

By Jonathan Maus, Bike Portland - February 19, 2015

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@BikePortland, 2/19/15, 5:27 PM - good news - Update re: Sellwood Bridge… @multco has created a bike lane through work zone 

If you commute across the Sellwood Bridge, you might want to add an extra 20 minutes to your trip just to be safe.

Yesterday we got an email from reader Michael H. He was riding south toward the bridge on SW Macadam (state route 43) when he was unexpectedly forced to stop because of an active construction zone. There was no detour posted and he waiting “about 10 to 15 minutes” before he was let through by work crews.

Read the full article on BikePortland.org


Sellwood Bridge project: 73 percent complete, more steel arches on the way

By Tony Hernandez, The Oregonian - February 18, 2015

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Motorists could be driving over the new Sellwood Bridge by this time next year.

Ian Cannon, a project manager for Multnomah County, told county commissioners this week that the Sellwood Bridge project is 73 percent complete and that costs remain on track to finish no more than $10 million over the original $307.5 million price tag.

The project could be wrapped up entirely on schedule by Thanksgiving 2016, Cannon said during an update that takes place every other month. The bridge is expected to serve at least 30,000 motorists a day.

Read the full story on OregonLive.com