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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

Can you handle no Sellwood Bridge for a week?

Shannon L. Cheesman, KATU.com - January 15, 2013

Folks who regularly travel the Sellwood Bridge are going to have find a different way to get around for a week.

The bridge, which first opened to traffic in 1925, is getting replaced with a new one and this week crews will be sliding over the existing truss span to create a detour bridge that will be used during construction.

"It's probably one of the longest old bridges that's ever been moved, especially in this unusual way where it moves further from one end to the other," said Mike Pullen with Multnomah County. "We don't know if it's setting a world record."

Read the full article on KATU.com