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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for March 24

Due to a recent schedule change, the weekly Field Work Update will typically be sent each Monday instead of Friday, effective today.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 remains closed weekdays (except from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and on Friday, March 28) 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: A major task for the project this spring is relocating a 16 inch water line that runs along Hwy. 43, providing water service to the Riverdale area.  The line needs to be relocated due to construction of the new interchange.  Installation of the new line south of the bridge begins on March 24 and will last for at least one month.  This work will happen within the closed traffic lanes at first.  In April night-time lane closures will be required.

Westside Concrete Pour March 28 – 29:  One of the largest concrete pours of the project starts Friday, March 28 at 2 a.m. and continues until Saturday afternoon.  About 250 concrete truck deliveries will be needed for the massive footing at Bent 3, which will support the steel arch spans on the west bank of the river and four lanes of traffic above.  Trucks will arrive from the north and turn left into the work zone from Hwy. 43 south of the bridge.  Both southbound lanes will be open during the pour to improve traffic flow.

Oaks Park Spring Break Traffic:  With Oaks Park open for Spring Break this week, traffic has been heavier than normal during the day.  Please allow extra time for day time trips in the project area this week.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for March 14

Field Work Update - March 14, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

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.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for March 7

Field Work Update - March 7, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is 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.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for February 28

Field Work Update - February 28, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Fallen Trees:  Traffic on the bridge and Hwy. 43 was slowed on February 24 – 25 after strong wind gusts toppled trees onto Hwy. 43 and Hwy. 99E, outside our project limits.  One incident closed Hwy. 43 for several hours south of the bridge.  Recent rains have saturated the ground, leading to more downed trees during windstorms.  Please drive with caution during windstorms.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is 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.

Other Projects: Two other projects are impacting traffic on Hwy. 43 north of the bridge.  Neither is related to Sellwood Bridge work.  Portland General Electric crews will work at the intersection of Hwy. 43 and SW Taylors Ferry/SW Miles St. on Friday, February 28 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday, March 2 from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. The work will require a northbound lane closure on Friday and the traffic signal will need to be turned off on Sunday, when flaggers will direct traffic.  

Meanwhile, a short section of sidewalk next to Freeman Motors along the east side of Hwy. 43 is being repaired.  Sidewalk users should follow the detour signs around the sidewalk closure, via the parking lot.   This work should be completed in the next few days.

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