Multnomah County officials this week expanded the list of factors behind the rising cost of the Sellwood Bridge project and disclosed that contractors have disputed some of the overruns.
The details came to light as officials released records sought by The Oregonian on the overruns, estimated to reach as high as $10 million over the original price tag of $307.5 million.
Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.Read More
Springwater Trail Reopens: The Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge reopened this afternoon following demolition work above the trail. With the old east bridge approach removed, the contractor will begin drilling foundation shafts for the new approach in January, working generally from west to east.
Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls. A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation. On Saturday, Dec. 20 the outside southbound lane will be closed from 7 a.m. until about 3 p.m.Read More
Monday, December 18 marked a major milestone in the construction of the new Sellwood Bridge. A barge arrived carrying the first two steel arches for the western river span.
The arches were fabricated at Thompson Metal Fab in Vancouver, WA. The plate steel was made at a mill in the Eastern US, then shipped by train to Thompson’s plant on the Columbia River. Workers at Thompson cut, welded and bolted the steel into full length arches, and then dismantled the arches into shorter segments for shipping and erection.Read More