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Multnomah County Monday roundup: Sellwood Bridge construction causes lane closures

By Kelly House, The Oregonian - August 25, 2014

Work on the Sellwood bridge will hamper midday commutes on Highway 43 on Monday, After the morning commute, crews will shift the lanes south of the bridge to the west so crews can build the east side of the new interchange. The highway’s outside southbound lane between S.W. Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge will continue being closed on weekdays until 4 p.m. as crews build a retaining wall. A northbound lane will also close on weekdays until 4 p.m.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 22

Retaining wall for interchange ramp

Retaining wall for interchange ramp

Field Work Update - August 22, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Westside work on August 25:  After the morning commute on Monday, the lanes of Hwy. 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge will be shifted to the west toward the new retaining walls (see photo).  This will allow crews to build the east side of the new interchange.  Expect traffic delays after 9 a.m. while crews move barricades, apply lane striping, and adjust overhead lights.  Motorists can avoid delays by using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge or SW Terwilliger Blvd.

Tacoma St. change on Sept. 2:  Construction at the east end of the project will impact traffic starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. The left turn lane from eastbound Tacoma to 6th Ave. will close after the morning rush hour as the widening of Tacoma St. to the south begins.  9th Ave. is the recommended detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change will remain in effect until the new bridge opens.

Hwy. 43 weekday 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 westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 16

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor builds the retaining walls.   

A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

Upcoming Traffic change:  on Monday, August 25 southbound traffic lanes on Hwy. 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge will be shifted to the west toward the new retaining walls.  This will allow for crews to continue ramp work on the east side off Hwy. 43.  The shift will happen after the morning rush.  Expect delays while crews move barricades and apply final striping. Motorists should consider alternate routes during the late morning of Aug. 25th.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 8

Installation of concrete girder for west approach span

Installation of concrete girder for west approach span

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor builds the retaining walls.   

  • On Saturday, August 9 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. one northbound lane will be closed near the cemetery entrance during preparation work for next week’s paving.
  • From Monday to Wednesday, August 11 – 13, paving and striping work south of the bridge will add to traffic congestion during the work day, due to trucks entering and exiting the work zone from the southbound lane and concrete barricades being moved. 

A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.

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