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Sellwood Bridge closes Thursday for bridge move

Multnomah County Press Release - January 16, 2013

A week-long closure of the Sellwood Bridge will begin on Thursday, January 17 at 5 a.m. to allow a contractor to slide the main river span north to set up a detour bridge. The bridge is scheduled to reopen by 7 a.m. on Thursday, January 24. The public will use the detour span from late January until the new Sellwood Bridge opens in 2015.

The posted westbound detour routes during the closure are:

  • Northbound: Hwy. 99E to Ross Island Bridge to Hwy. 43
  • Southbound: Hwy. 99E to Interstate 205 (Abernethy Bridge) to Hwy. 43

Eastbound routes are the reverse. Congestion is expected on the north detour route during weekday commute hours. Travelers should plan their alternate route in advance and expect longer trips during the closure, especially on weekdays. Bicyclists may prefer the Hawthorne Bridge for the northern detour. A portion of the westside trail near the bridge and both lanes of Highway 43 will be re-routed during the bridge closure but will remain open at all times.

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Sellwood Bridge closes in preparation of big move

Steve Law, Portland Tribune - January 16, 2013

Multnomah County will close the Sellwood Bridge for a week, starting at 5 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 17, to allow a contractor to set up a temporary “detour” bridge while a replacement bridge is built. The bridge will reopen at 7 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 24.

Motorists heading to Highway 43 are advised to use the Ross Island Bridge or Interstate 205 instead. Travelers should expect more traffic congestion during the one-week bridge closure.

Read the full article at the PortlandTribune.com

Sellwood Bridge: Span closes to traffic Thursday, moves Saturday

The Oregonian - January 15, 2013

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Starting Saturday, the deck of the Sellwood Bridge will be moved ever so slowly to new piers that will turn it into a temporary detour bridge.

"If you love bridges, this is what it's all about," said Kunkle, a foreman with Stayton-based Slayden Construction, which formed a joint venture with Sundt, an Arizona contractor, to tackle the $307.5 million replacement of the Sellwood Bridge. "It's a once-in-a-lifetime project."

Read the full article at OregonLive.com

Businesses Prepare For Week-Long Sellwood Bridge Closure

OPB - January 15, 2013

The Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to close at 5 a.m. Thursday. Workers will push the structure's steel deck sideways about 60 feet over the weekend. Then they'll reattach the deck to the road, so by the end of next week commuters  will be able to drive around the platform where the new bridge will be built. 

Business owners on either side of the bridge are pleased the closure is only scheduled for a week.  But some are still worried about the bottom line.

Read the full article at OPB.org