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Traffic alert: Sellwood Bridge concrete pour will impact Hwy. 43 October 1 and 2

A major concrete pour for the new Sellwood Bridge is likely to impact traffic on Highway 43 near the bridge today and Thursday morning. The outside northbound lane of Highway 43 is closed north and south of the bridge to allow concrete trucks to enter and exit the west side work zone. Several hundred truck deliveries will be needed to pour concrete for the west side river pier. The main traffic impact is for northbound travel, which is heaviest in the morning. For the Thursday morning commute, travelers should allow extra time for their trip or consider alternate routes such as I-5, SW Terwilliger or SW Taylors Ferry Road.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 26

Close-up of 300,000 lb concrete piece

Close-up of 300,000 lb concrete piece

Field Work Update - September 26, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.  On weekdays through Oct. 3 a third party contractor is installing a fiber optic line under a closed traffic lane south of the bridge (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Tacoma Street:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed the left turn from eastbound Tacoma to northbound at SE 6th Ave.  Left turns can be made at SE 7th Ave.

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Old Sellwood Bridge to be demolished in 2016

Project Notice - September 23, 2014

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As part of an effort to preserve the history of the Sellwood Bridge, Multnomah County made the truss span available for historic re-use this year.  No proposals were submitted to re-use the historic structure. The contractor will now proceed with plans to demolish the old bridge in 2016 after the new bridge opens.

The entire structure – nearly 1,110 feet long -- is expected to be recycled. The steel will be melted down and used in new products, concrete will be crushed and used as fill on construction projects, and even the lead paint can be recycled for batteries.

Multnomah County has created a website to share information about the history of the old bridge.  Plaques will be installed near the bridge to share the history of the old bridge with visitors after it is removed.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 19

Tacoma St excavation 9-19-2014

Tacoma St excavation 9-19-2014

Field Work Update - September 19, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.  On weekdays from Sept. 23 – Oct. 1, a third party contractor will be installing a fiber optic line under a closed traffic lane south of the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tacoma Street:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed the left turn from eastbound Tacoma to northbound at SE 6th Ave.  Traffic control now allows eastbound travelers to turn left at SE 7th.  The south side of Tacoma is scheduled to be paved on September 25th, but traffic will not use that section until the new bridge opens.

Oktoberfest: Traffic in the project area may be heavier than normal Sept. 19 – 21 during the annual Oktoberfest celebration at Oaks Park.  Allow a bit more travel time during the event.

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