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Old Sellwood Bridge to be demolished in 2016

Project Notice - September 23, 2014

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As part of an effort to preserve the history of the Sellwood Bridge, Multnomah County made the truss span available for historic re-use this year.  No proposals were submitted to re-use the historic structure. The contractor will now proceed with plans to demolish the old bridge in 2016 after the new bridge opens.

The entire structure – nearly 1,110 feet long -- is expected to be recycled. The steel will be melted down and used in new products, concrete will be crushed and used as fill on construction projects, and even the lead paint can be recycled for batteries.

Multnomah County has created a website to share information about the history of the old bridge.  Plaques will be installed near the bridge to share the history of the old bridge with visitors after it is removed.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 19

Tacoma St excavation 9-19-2014

Tacoma St excavation 9-19-2014

Field Work Update - September 19, 2014

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 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.  On weekdays from Sept. 23 – Oct. 1, a third party contractor will be installing a fiber optic line under a closed traffic lane south of the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tacoma Street:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed the left turn from eastbound Tacoma to northbound at SE 6th Ave.  Traffic control now allows eastbound travelers to turn left at SE 7th.  The south side of Tacoma is scheduled to be paved on September 25th, but traffic will not use that section until the new bridge opens.

Oktoberfest: Traffic in the project area may be heavier than normal Sept. 19 – 21 during the annual Oktoberfest celebration at Oaks Park.  Allow a bit more travel time during the event.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Sept. 12

Bent 1 forms

Bent 1 forms

Field Work Update - September 12, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weeknight traffic impacts:  A reminder that Hwy. 43 lanes will be closed Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next several weeks during drilling work. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane. Travelers should expect delays during this night work.

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. 

Tacoma St. traffic changes:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed left turns from eastbound Tacoma to northbound SE 6th Ave. and SE 7th Ave. Eastbound travelers should use SE 9th Ave. as the detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change is in effect until the new bridge opens.  The south side of Tacoma will be paved later this month.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for September 5

Preparing eastside river pier for concrete pour

Preparing eastside river pier for concrete pour

Field Work Update - September 5, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weeknight traffic impacts:  A reminder that Hwy. 43 lanes will be closed Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next several weeks during drilling work. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane. Travelers should expect delays during this night work.

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. 

Tacoma St. traffic changes:  Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed left turns from eastbound Tacoma to northbound SE 6th Ave. and SE 7th Ave. Eastbound travelers should use SE 9th Ave. as the detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change is in effect until the new bridge opens.  The south side of Tacoma will be paved later this month.

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