Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 remains closed weekdays (except from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor works on retaining walls. A northbound lane is also closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north of the bridge due to work on the retaining walls.
Water Line Relocation: Relocation of a 16 inch water line along Hwy. 43 south of the bridge has begun (see photo). The work is being done during the day and at night from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. to minimize disruption of commuter traffic. At night flaggers will direct traffic in a single open lane. Work lights are used for safety. The work will continue for several weeks.Read More
Transportation officials expected the work on the footing for a Sellwood Bridge column to spill over into Saturday, perhaps disrupting traffic on the west side until about noon.
Instead, crews started early Friday and finished before the crack of dawn on Saturday, about 12 hours sooner than expected.
Commuters planning to use SW Macadam Ave. southbound Friday afternoon may want to use an alternate route to avoid traffic delays. The southbound outside lane of SW Macadam Ave. is closed at SW California St. due to an emergency sewer repair. A major concrete pour is also in progress today at the Sellwood Bridge, which involves deliveries by concrete trucks using SW Macadam to access the site.Drivers may want to consider alternate routes such as Interstate 5 or SW Terwilliger Blvd. to avoid delays.
Traffic on Highway 43 near the Sellwood Bridge will be impacted by a major concrete pour scheduled for the new bridge on Friday and Saturday, March 28–29. About 250 concrete truck deliveries will be required over a 36-hour period to pour the footing for a column near the west bank of the river. Work begins at 2 a.m. Friday and could last until Saturday afternoon. Twenty-five hundred cubic yards of concrete will be poured in a continuous operation. Work lights will be needed at night.
Trucks will access the site from Highway 43, traveling south from the Ross Island Bridge and turning left into the work zone entrance south of the Sellwood Bridge. The outside northbound lane will be closed north and south of the bridge to allow flaggers to hold northbound traffic when trucks arrive and to allow trucks to quickly exit the work site. Both southbound lanes of Highway 43 will remain open to improve traffic flow.
Traffic congestion may increase during the Friday morning and afternoon commutes. Drivers may want to consider alternate routes such as SW Taylors Ferry Road or SW Terwilliger Blvd. to avoid delays.
The footing will support two steel arch river spans on the west bank and four lanes of bridge traffic above.