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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 5

Demolition of old east approach

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge will be closed December 8 - 19 during demolition of the old east approach to the bridge.  The closed section is between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. Trail users will be directed to a detour on SE 7th Avenue to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail. 

Hwy. 43 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 earthwork and storm drain installation. 

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through December 12, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge budget grows beyond $307.5 million, Multnomah County acknowledges

By Brad Schmidt, The Oregonian - November 26, 2014

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Replacing the Sellwood Bridge is as much as $9 million over budget even though Multnomah County officials have repeatedly told the public the $307.5 million project has been on track and within budget.

The disclosure came after repeated questions from The Oregonian. Officials acknowledged costs are now expected to exceed the budget by between $3 million and $9.2 million.

Although the overruns represent only about a 1 to 3 percent increase in the total costs, officials aren't sure how they'll pay for it. The city of Portland and Multnomah County previously agreed to split any overruns.

Read the full story on OregonLive.com


Sellwood Bridge opening delayed

By Jim Redden, Portland Tribune - November 25, 2014

Multnomah County has pushed back the tentative opening of the replacement Sellwood Bridge to January 2016.

The bridge was scheduled to open in the fall of 2015.

The county, which owns and operates the bridge, never set an official opening date. The construction contract calls for the project to be completed no later than November 2016. But county officials have talked about a fall 2015 opening until recently, when they began using the 2016 date.

Read more at PortlandTribune.com


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Nov. 24

Workers setting forms for Bent 5 column

Field Work Update - November 24, 2014

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday this will be the only field work notice this week. The contractor does not plan to work Nov. 27 – 30 during the Thanksgiving holiday, although staff may visit to check concrete cures.

Bridge Closure Completed: The project team thanks bridge users for the patience during last week’s three-day bridge closure. The bridge opened ahead of schedule at 7:20 p.m. on Friday, with traffic using the new east approach (see photo). Due to the greater curve in the east approach, the advisory speed limit was lowered from 25 mph. to 20 mph. The staircase from the bridge sidewalk to the Springwater Trail and access to the bridge sidewalk from SE Grand Ave. have closed, due to construction on the old east approach.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 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.

Night Work on Hwy. 43: Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls. Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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