Since 2011, Multnomah County, Oregon, has been working to replace the Sellwood Bridge, a historic span in the Portland area that opened in 1925.
The time-lapse video below chronicles the first five years of construction of the new Sellwood Bridge. The project replaces the 90-year-old, 300-foot span with a 1,976-foot steel arch design that is wider and more seismically sound. In fact, the new bridge is designed to withstand both 500 and 1,000-year recurrence period earthquakes.
The new path north of the west landing of the Sellwood Bridge opened briefly Tuesday morning, but then was re-closed and will remain closed for a matter of weeks.
Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen said in an email to BikePortland Tuesday afternoon that “some clean up work” is still needed after all, forcing the path to close.
Westside Trail: The regional trail between the west end of the bridge and SW Miles Place opens on Tuesday, June 14. The current path along the east shoulder of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors will be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians after the trail opens, due to construction. The sidewalk in this area will be removed permanently. Trail users need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road north of the bridge. There is a four-way stop where the trail intersects with the Macadam Bay driveway.Read More
A piece of Portland history is coming down. Workers will start dismantling the Sellwood Bridge on Thursday.
The bridge is something of an icon for many Portlanders.
“It's been there forever and it was there when I was going to Lewis and Clark College and I really like looking at it. It's just like an old statue,” said Carol Kaplinger, a Portland area resident.