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Expect delays near Sellwood Bridge on Nov. 17 during traffic change

State 6a Traffic Graphic

Multnomah County Press Release - November 16, 2015

Drivers should expect long delays near the Sellwood Bridge on Tuesday, November 17 from 9 am until 4 pm as a contractor shifts traffic lanes for the next phase of construction where the new bridge connects with Highway 43.  The new traffic stage will create space for the contractor to build the second through lane under the bridge.

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Lane closure on Hwy. 43 for Sellwood Bridge work

Multnomah County Press Release - July 16, 2015

The outside northbound lane of Highway 43/SW Macadam Avenue from the Macadam Bay driveway to south of SW Taylors Ferry Road will be closed from 9 a.m. on Friday, July 17 until as late as 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 for construction related to the Sellwood Bridge project.

The lane closure will allow a contractor to excavate asphalt and concrete sidewalk and pour concrete for a new driveway for Macadam Bay and Freeman Motors.  The existing driveways for the two properties will remain open until the new driveway opens this fall.  There will be night work during the weekend so that the lane can be reopened as soon as possible. Access will be maintained for bicyclists and pedestrians during the lane closure.

Northbound drivers should expect delays during the lane closure, especially during the Monday morning commute.

This press release is also availbale on the Multnomah County website.


Sellwood Bridge Project has been a learning experience, teachers say

Sellwood Bridge Project school outreach coordinator, Lois Cohen

Sellwood Bridge Project school outreach coordinator, Lois Cohen

Multnomah County Press Release - July 6, 2015

Members of the Sellwood Bridge Project’s School-Based Outreach Program - which ends this winter - provided their last annual update to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Thursday.

The program, which began four years ago, engages students in local elementary, middle and high school classrooms in the county’s largest construction project. The bridge project has served as a learning opportunity and a chance for students to explore careers in construction, engineering, design, and public service. More than 70 members of the project team have participated in school programs to date.

“This is an experience that students will never forget, whether they go into a construction trade or not,” says District 3 Commissioner Judy Shiprack. “It’s an experience that they are going to be articulating, and talking about, and maybe writing about.”

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Next Sellwood Bridge traffic impacts on Thursday

News Release - March 10, 2015

Installation of the east arch span for the new Sellwood Bridge will impact traffic at times on Thursday, March 12 from 9 am until as late as 4 pm.  The schedule for traffic impacts has changed based on the progress of construction.

The Sellwood Bridge contractor installed two segments of the steel arch for Span 5 (the east river span) today. On Wednesday, March 11 the contractor will spend the day relocating a large crane that will lift the next two arch segments into place on Thursday.  Sellwood Bridge traffic will not be impacted by the work on Wednesday, as previously planned. 

Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic at all times.  Here are alternate routes bridge users may use on Thursday to avoid delays:

  • Motor Vehicles:  Alternate routes for westbound traffic are:
    • Northbound: Hwy. 99E (McLoughlin Blvd.) to Ross Island Bridge to Hwy. 43
    • Southbound: Hwy. 99E to Interstate 205 (Abernethy Bridge at Oregon City) to Hwy. 43

Eastbound routes are the reverse. 

  • Bicyclists and Pedestrians: Bicyclists and pedestrians may prefer the Hawthorne Bridge for the northern detour. The Hawthorne Bridge can be accessed from the Sellwood area from the Springwater Trail.

The Sellwood Bridge is normally open during construction. The new bridge is scheduled to open in early 2016 and the entire project will be completed in late 2016. To view the arch installation, visit the project's webcam.

This news release is also available on the Mulnomah County website.


Sellwood Bridge traffic delays during March 9 - 11 arch work

News release - March 6, 2015

Sellwood Bridge traffic will be delayed at times March 9 – 11 during installation of heavy steel arch segments for the east span of the new bridge. Bridge users can avoid delays by using alternate routes during the work. 

From Monday, March 9 to Wednesday, March 11 the bridge contractor will install steel segments weighing up to 300,000 pounds for the east arch. The east end of the detour bridge is very close to the construction zone where a crane will install the arch segments. For safety, motor vehicle and sidewalk traffic on the detour bridge will be stopped at times during the arch installation. Traffic may be held as long as 20 minutes during these times:

  • Monday, March 9 from 12 noon to 4 pm
  • Tuesday, March 10 from 9 am to 12 noon
  • Wednesday, March 11 from 9 am to 4 pm

Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic at all times. Here are alternate routes bridge users may use:

Motor Vehicles

Alternate routes for westbound traffic are:

  • Northbound: Hwy. 99E (McLoughlin Blvd.) to Ross Island Bridge to Hwy. 43
  • Southbound: Hwy. 99E to Interstate 205 (Abernethy Bridge at Oregon City) to Hwy. 43
  • Eastbound routes are the reverse.

Bicyclists and Pedestrians

Bicyclists and pedestrians may prefer the Hawthorne Bridge for the northern detour. The Hawthorne Bridge can be accessed from the Sellwood area from the Springwater Trail.

The Sellwood Bridge is normally open during construction. The new bridge is scheduled to open in early 2016 and the entire project will be completed in late 2016. 

This news release is also available on the Mulnomah County website.