If riding across the Sellwood Bridge is part of your daily routine, you need to make other plans. The 1,100 foot long bridge is set to close from this Thursday January 17th - 24th while construction crews move it — yes, move it — to the north to make room for the new bridge. The old bridge will become the detour around ongoing construction.
The Sellwood Bridge will be closing in less than a week, and when it does, a big moving project will begin. Experts say the new Sellwood Bridge should be able to withstand an earthquake that is equal to the largest to hit Portland in the past 1,000 years.
In a marvel of engineering, the Sellwood Bridge will be moved 66 feet north on Jan. 19 as part of eventually replacing the span.
The bridge will completely close between 5 a.m. Jan. 17 and 7 a.m. Jan. 24, then reopen in its new configuration as a temporary detour.
The Sellwood Bridge will close early on Thursday, Jan. 17, and a reconstructed span is scheduled to reopen by Thursday, Jan. 24, Multnomah County officials say.
The new truss span will be moved in a one-day operation on Saturday, Jan. 19, weather permitting. Highway 43 to the Ross Island Bridge to Highway 99E (McLoughlin Boulevard) will be the northern detour route. McLoughlin Boulevard to Interstate 205 (Abernethy Bridge at Oregon City and West Linn) is the southern detour route.