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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 30

Preparing east approach foundation for transition pour Jan 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail: The trail has reopened between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. but trail users may experience short delays during construction of the east approach. Flaggers will direct trail traffic during work near the trail.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. Work next week includes grading, paving and installation of streetlight poles.

February 7 Traffic Change: A major traffic change takes place on Hwy. 43 on Saturday, Feb. 7 when traffic lanes will be shifted west against the new retaining walls north of the bridge. This will be a good day to avoid Hwy. 43, as the contractor will be removing old striping, placing new striping, installing traffic barriers and chain link fence. Work on Friday, Feb. 6 will also impact traffic in this area. The traffic shift will allow the contractor to build the east side of the interchange and relocate a waterline.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 23

Installing girders for southeast ramp, Jan 2015

Installing girders for southeast ramp, Jan 2015

Field Work Update - January 23, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail:  The trail is closed between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. until Jan. 31 while a contractor drills foundation shafts for the abutment of the east approach.  A detour using SE 7th Ave. is in place during the closure.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. On Thursday, Jan. 29 a southbound lane will be closed south of the bridge when light poles are installed behind the retaining walls. 

February 7 Traffic Change:  A major traffic change takes place on Hwy. 43 on Saturday, Feb. 7 when traffic lanes will shift west against the completed retaining walls north of the bridge.  This will be a good day to avoid Hwy. 43, as the contractor will be removing old striping, placing new striping, installing traffic barriers and chain link fence.  The traffic shift will allow the contractor to build the east side of the interchange and relocate a waterline.

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Sellwood Bridge overruns: County budgeted unusually low amount for unexpected costs

By Tony Hernandez, The Oregonian - January 18, 2015

Related articles

As Multnomah County officials seek to downplay cost overruns on the Sellwood Bridge, public records obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive highlight a key underlying problem: Officials budgeted significantly less money for unexpected costs than government and industry standards call for.

The $307.5 million project includes a 4 percent contingency fund, or $12 million. Federal agencies such as the U.S. General Services Administration recommend contingencies of 7 to 10 percent.

The Associated General Contractors of America says 5 to 10 percent is typical for projects using the county's contracting method for complicated projects, which brings the general contractor onboard at the beginning instead of waiting until designs are done.

Read the full story on OregonLive.com


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 16

Chair Kafoury & staff tour Sellwood Bridge, Jan 2015

Chair Kafoury & staff tour Sellwood Bridge, Jan 2015

Field Work Update - January 16, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail: A section of the trail between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. will be closed for two seeks starting Monday, Jan. 19 when foundation shafts for the abutment are being drilled.  A detour using SE 7th Ave. will be in place during the closure.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. On Tuesday, Jan. 20 a southbound lane will be closed south of the bridge when concrete is poured for light pole foundations.

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