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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – September 16, 2016

A herd of goats are clearing blackberries along the eastside river bank

A herd of goats are clearing blackberries along the eastside river bank

Field Work Notice - September 16, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Bridge closure for night work on Hwy. 43 interchange: The deck of the west end of the bridge, above Hwy. 43, will be sealed like the rest of the bridge. This work will be done at night as soon as Sept. 19, weather permitting, with flaggers directing traffic. The work could take three nights to complete. Night time bridge closures may be required on Sept. 22 and 23. The project will send out a field work notice and update the website when the closures are confirmed.
  • Sept. 22 night work on Hwy. 43: Lane closures will be needed Thursday night during installation of a large sign that cantilevers over traffic lanes. The work may be scheduled later, based on the subcontractor’s schedule.
  • Hwy. 43 traffic signal: The Portland Bureau of Transportation is aware of congestion related to the new traffic signal at the west end of the bridge and is making adjustments to improve flow.  Please do not block the intersection for other turn movements after the light turns red.  Portland Transportation staff are studying traffic patterns and will refine the signal timing in the short term and after permanent striping is in place.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave. traffic signal: Please note that northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can only turn right at the new signal at SE Tacoma St. Police traffic enforcement has been requested because many northbound drivers are making illegal left turns.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – September 9, 2016

Field Work Notice - September 9, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Bridge Deck work: The contractor will be closing one lane of the Sellwood Bridge on Saturday night 9/10) and Monday night (9/12) from 7 pm to 6 am (both nights) to seal the bridge deck.  Flaggers will be directing traffic through a single lane.  Consider other travel routes if you need to cross the river during these nights.
  • Bridge Traffic Shift: After the bridge deck is sealed,westbound bridge traffic will be moved north, currently scheduled for Tuesday Sept. 13.  Please be alert when driving through this new traffic stage.  This traffic phase will straighten out the existing curve near the east end of the span.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave signal: Traffic on Tacoma is allowed to turn left on to 6th. Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can ONLY turn right onto eastbound SE Tacoma St. now, and ONLY on a green light. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.  There have been a number of vehicles seen going straight through the signal or turning left onto the bridge.  IMPORTANT- Portland police will be monitoring this area and may cite those violating the right turn only.

On-street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons.

  • Signal Adjustments:  With the new signal in at the west end of the bridge, there has been some additional congestion on onramps entering the bridge from Hwy 43.  PBOT engineers are making many incremental adjustments to the signals at the west end of the bridge to determine optimal timing to reduce congestion.  Factored in are the impacts to the timing of the signals at the east side of the bridge on Tacoma (at 6th, 13th, and farther east) and the volume of traffic at different days and times. It will take some time to finalize the signal timing for traffic flow through all the signals in the area.  Expect delays during this necessary process and drive with caution.
  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed. 
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – September 2, 2016

View of interchange from the North

View of interchange from the North

Field Work Notice - September 2, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

New Traffic Signals:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed.
  • Signal Adjustments:  With the new signal in at the west end of the bridge, there has been some additional congestion on onramps entering the bridge from Hwy 43.  PBOT engineers are making many incremental adjustments to the signals at the west end of the bridge to determine optimal timing to reduce congestion.  Factored in are the impacts to the timing of the signals at the east side of the bridge on Tacoma (at 6th, 13th, and farther east) and the volume of traffic at different days and times. It will take some time to finalize the signal timing for traffic flow through all the signals in the area.  Expect delays during this necessary process and drive with caution.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave signal: Traffic on Tacoma is allowed to turn left on to 6th. Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can ONLY turn right on SE Tacoma St. now, and ONLY on a green light. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.  There have been a number of vehicles seen going straight through the signal or turning left onto the bridge.  IMPORTANT- Portland police will be monitoring this area and may cite those violating the right turn only.

On-street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons.

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Aerial Photo Gallery, May 2012 - August 2016

Aerial photo August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016

Updated August 30, 2016

Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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