No Sellwood Bridge construction is scheduled from Thursday through Sunday, due to the Thanksgiving Holiday.
Night lane closures on Hwy. 43: The outside northbound lane of Hwy. 43 will be closed south of the bridge on Monday night and north of the bridge on Tuesday and Wednesday nights next week, from 7 p.m. until as late as 6 a.m., during removal of trees on the east side of the highway. The work north of the bridge will require two lanes to be closed. On Thursday night the outside southbound lane will be closed to allow tree removal near River View Cemetery. Highway traffic will always have an open lane in each direction during the night work.
Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 will be closed weekdays next week (except from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor excavates the hillside west of the highway. On weekdays the contractor also closes a northbound lane from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between the bridge and Freeman Motors.
Permanent closure of Hwy. 43 northbound slip lane in December: The slip lane that passes under the Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to close permanently the second week of December so work can begin on the east half of the new interchange. When the lane closes, all traffic on Hwy. 43 and the bridge will pass through a new traffic signal.Read More
Sellwood Bridge construction will require a closure of the northbound slip lane of Highway 43 that passes under the bridge on Tuesday, November 26, from 9 a.m. until as late as 4 p.m. The lane closure will allow the contractor to remove pilings from the old bridge that need to be removed for construction of the new bridge. During the lane closure, northbound traffic will be flagged through the intersection with the bridge. Northbound traffic is likely to experience delays, so drivers may want to use an alternate route. A traffic alert will be sent out if the work extends into Wednesday.
Two lanes of Highway 43 are closed north of the Sellwood Bridge until as late as 8 p.m. this evening, due to construction work related to the new Sellwood Bridge. Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible to avoid expected traffic congestion.
A Portland Water Bureau crew is installing a valve in a water line beneath the highway near the entrance to Macadam Bay, as part of work to relocate the line. The crew encountered unexpected conditions today which has added several hours to the lane closures. One southbound and one northbound lane will be open until the work is completed about 8 p.m. tonight.
Sellwood Bridge construction will require major traffic changes on Highway 43 near the bridge November 20-25, including 24-hour work this weekend. Travelers can avoid delays by using alternate routes. Most of the work is related to a major water line under Highway 43 which will be relocated in 2014 due to bridge construction.
Traffic impacts this week include:
- From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highway 43 traffic will be reduced to a single lane between the bridge and River View Cemetery's entrance during a concrete pour for a bridge foundation shaft. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane.
- From 9 a.m. to noon one of two northbound lanes will be closed between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway while crews saw-cut asphalt in the closed lane in preparation for water line work.
- From noon to 4 p.m. a crew will saw-cut asphalt in a closed northbound lane south of the cemetery entrance. One northbound lane will be closed until 4 p.m.