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Traffic changes for Sellwood Bridge closure November 19 - 21

Multnomah County Press Release - November 17, 2014

Traffic changes are in store for Sellwood Bridge users when the bridge is closed from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 21.  The closure will allow the bridge contractor to do work to shift traffic onto the new east approach from SE Tacoma Street.

After the traffic shift, the contractor will demolish the eastern spans of the old approach in December and construct the north half of the approach in 2015.  When the bridge reopens on Friday, bridge users will travel a wide S-curve from the detour bridge onto the new east approach.  Bicyclists and pedestrians will share a path separated from traffic by a concrete barrier.  The speed limit on the bridge will be reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph for safety, until the new bridge opens in 2016.

During the closure the bridge will be closed to motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.  Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Nov. 14

Installing barrier on east approach

Installing barrier on east approach

Field Work Update - November 14, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure Nov. 19 - 21: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 to shift traffic onto the new east approach (on the south side of Tacoma). The bridge sidewalk will also be closed. The Ross Island Bridge is the alternate route for northbound traffic and the Hawthorne Bridge is an alternate route for bicyclists. The traffic switch will allow work on the north half of the new east approach to begin in 2015.  We encourage drivers to plan for an alternate route now before the closure

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 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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Aerial Photo Gallery, May 2012 - November 2014

Aerial photo November 12, 2014

November 12, 2014

Updated November 14, 2014

Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work notice for November 7

Span 8 Form Removed

Span 8 Form Removed

Field Work Update - November 7, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure November 19: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. (new time) on Wednesday, Nov. 19 until as late as 11:59 on Friday, Nov. 21 to shift traffic onto the new east approach (on the south side of Tacoma). The bridge sidewalk will also be closed, but may be able to re-open early on Friday. The traffic switch will allow work on the north half of the new east approach to begin in 2015.  We encourage drivers to plan for an alternate route now before the closure.

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. 

Saturday lane closures:  On Saturdays the contractor will close lanes on Hwy. 43 north of the bridge during drilling for tie-back anchors for the west retaining walls. One lane will remain open in each direction during the work.

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights 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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