- Bicyclists and pedestrians have shifted to a detour path along the trolley corridor between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway, during work on the east shoulder of Hwy. 43. On work days flaggers are positioned at each end of the trail and where the trail passes near construction vehicles. Trail users should remain alert when riding through the busy project area.
- During work on the east shoulder, only three traffic lanes are open between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway. Two lanes are open in the peak travel direction and one lane is open in the off-peak direction. The fourth lane will reopen in October.
With most of the heavy construction work completed on S.E. 6th Avenue, both north and south of Tacoma Street, most of the infrastructure work for the eastern landing of the new Sellwood Bridge has been completed.
Crews will soon be installing a traffic control signal at the intersection, according to Multnomah County Sellwood Bridge Project spokesman Mike Pullen. “However, the signal won’t be turned on until the new bridge has opened,” he said.
And, it appears that the new bridge won’t be fully in service until February or March of next year, Pullen said, as he took THE BEE on a new tour of the site.
One of the things slowing progress is a potential problem with some of the bolts that were supplied for the project.
- Bicyclists and pedestrians are seeing the biggest traffic change this week. The path along the east edge of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and the driveway to Macadam Bay has shifted to a new path along the trolley corridor, which includes switchbacks. The change will allow the east shoulder of Hwy. 43 to be rebuilt. On work days flaggers are positioned at each end of the trail and where the trail passes near construction vehicles. Safety fencing has been installed along the trail. Trail users should remain alert when riding through the busy project area.
- Beginning Tuesday, September 8 there will be only three traffic lanes in use between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway, due to reconstruction of the east shoulder. Two lanes will alternate north or south, depending on the peak direction of traffic. One lane will be open in the off-peak direction. The fourth lane will reopen in October.
The Sellwood Bridge contractor has revised the paving schedule for this weekend, due to a forecast for rain. Paving is planned for the multi-use path north of the bridge (off the highway) and on new through lanes of Hwy. 43 south of the bridge.
Here is the revised schedule:
- Friday, Aug. 28: Pave the multi-use path between the bridge and Macadam Bay driveway. Asphalt trucks will entering and exit the work zone during daytime hours.
- Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 29-30: No paving.
- Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 (weather permitting): Pave new Hwy. 43 through lanes south of bridge during daytime hours. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane south of the bridge.