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New Sellwood Bridge to open on March 1

By Jim Redden, Portland Tribune - January 19, 2016

Multnomah County plans to open the new Sellwood Bridge to traffic on March 1.

The old bridge, which has been serving as a detour across the Willamette River, will close to all traffic for four days beginning on Feb. 25. The closure will allow the contractor to begin dismantling the old bridge ahead of the opening.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for January 14

Creating construction entrance at east end of bridge

Creating construction entrance at east end of bridge

Field Work Notice - January 14, 2016

BRIDGE OPENING DATE

The contractor plans to open the new bridge to traffic on Tuesday, March 1 by 6 am. The detour bridge will close to all traffic for four days beginning on Thursday, February 25 starting at 7 pm. The closure will allow the contractor to dismantle the jump span between the bridges and set up the next traffic stage. 

A community celebration is planned on the new bridge from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, February 27. All are invited.  More event details will be announced in the next few weeks.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • A Highway 43 traffic change is tentatively scheduled for Monday, January 25 (weather permitting).  On that day southbound traffic approaching the bridge from the north will be shifted west against the retaining wall. This will allow the contractor to build the east half of the ramp and the second through lane under the bridge.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
  • The west-side detour for bicyclists and pedestrians extends north along the east shoulder or sidewalk of SW Macadam St. to SW Nebraska St., due to construction for an unrelated Water Bureau project in Willamette Park.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for January 7

New Sellwood Bridge view from the south

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • A construction entrance has been added at the east end of the bridge. Barricades and traffic control devices can be moved when trucks enter the work zone. This is a construction entrance only, so be cautious of construction vehicles entering and exiting on the bridge.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
  • The outside northbound lane of Hwy. 43 will be closed north of the bridge on Friday, January 8 from 9 am to 4 pm for a concrete pour.
  • On Wednesday January 13, a southbound lane of Hwy 43 north of the Miles Place/Taylors Ferry intersection will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm for storm drain work.
  • The westside detour for bicyclists and pedestrians extends north along the east shoulder or sidewalk of SW Macadam St. to SW Nebraska St., due to construction for an unrelated Water Bureau project in Willamette Park.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for December 30

Green wall at Stephens Creek & Macadam Bay driveway.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Now that the deck of the new bridge is complete, a construction entrance will be added at the east end of the bridge. Expect minor traffic delays between 9 am and 4 pm on Jan. 6 when the entrance is added. Concrete barriers will be replaced with barricades that can be moved when trucks enter the work zone. This is a construction entrance only, so be cautious of construction vehicles entering and exiting on the bridge. The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.

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