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Sellwood Bridge closure will impact traffic for several days

By Carly Kennelly, KOIN 6 - July 11, 2016

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The Sellwood Bridge will close to drivers for four days beginning at 6 a.m. on Thursday, July 14. The Bridge will reopen no later than 6 a.m. on Monday, July 18. Bicyclists and pedestrians will still be able to cross the Sellwood Bridge during the closure.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – July 8, 2016

Columns for bicycle-pedestrian bridge rise south of Sellwood Bridge

Columns for bicycle-pedestrian bridge rise south of Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - July 8, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to be closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18.  The closure is needed during the concrete pour and cure for the seam down the center of the east approach deck. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The Ross Island and I-205 Abernethy bridges are alternate crossings during the closure.

Highway 43 Lane Closures: Lanes north of the bridge are closed at off-peak hours next week during preparation for final paving and other work. This week the contractor removed sidewalk on the east side, placed concrete curbs, and installed conduit for traffic loops on the ramp from southbound Hwy. 43 to the bridge. Next week the contractor will remove the highway median near the old Macadam Bay entrance and grade this area to prepare for final paving in late July.

Westside Trail: The regional trail between the west end of the bridge and SW Miles Place has opened and the old path along the east shoulder of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors has closed. Trail users need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road north of the bridge.

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Removal of old Sellwood Bridge marks end of an era

Removing concrete railing from old bridge

Removing concrete railing from old bridge

Project Update - July 5, 2016

After 90 years of serving the public, the original Sellwood Bridge will be only a memory in a week’s time. The last steel span of the original bridge is scheduled to be lowered to a barge on July 12.  Removing the old bridge has been one of the most visually interesting parts of the Sellwood project, with many people watching as a familiar landmark slowly disappears.

To understand how the bridge is being deconstructed, it helps to remember its history.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: WESTSIDE TRAIL OPENS TUESDAY, JULY 5

Traffic Alert - July 5, 2016

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Westside regional trail diagram 
Westside regional trail diagram 

Westside regional trail diagrams

The regional trail between the west end of the Sellwood Bridge and SW Miles Place opened Tuesday, July 5. With the opening of this new offroad trail, the old path along the east shoulder of Highway 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors will close. The contractor will remove the sidewalk south of Freeman Motors and construct a new curb.

Users of the new trail will need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road just north of the bridge. There is also four-way stop where the trail intersects with the Macadam Bay driveway.

The trail leads to SW Miles Place, where it connects with a section through Willamette Park to the north. Please use caution on SW Miles Place where the trail alignment follows a residential street. The trail is open in Willamette Park during a current Portland Water Bureau construction project, except for a section that will eventually connect with SW Nevada Street. The regional trail leads north to downtown Portland.

Download two diagrams that show the new section of trail in more detail.