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Sellwood Bridge Construction Traffic Alert for March 28 - 29

March 27, 2014

Traffic on Highway 43 near the Sellwood Bridge will be impacted by a major concrete pour scheduled for the new bridge on Friday and Saturday, March 28–29.  About 250 concrete truck deliveries will be required over a 36-hour period to pour the footing for a column near the west bank of the river.  Work begins at 2 a.m. Friday and could last until Saturday afternoon. Twenty-five hundred cubic yards of concrete will be poured in a continuous operation.  Work lights will be needed at night.

Trucks will access the site from Highway 43, traveling south from the Ross Island Bridge and turning left into the work zone entrance south of the Sellwood Bridge.  The outside northbound lane will be closed north and south of the bridge to allow flaggers to hold northbound traffic when trucks arrive and to allow trucks to quickly exit the work site. Both southbound lanes of Highway 43 will remain open to improve traffic flow. 

Traffic congestion may increase during the Friday morning and afternoon commutes. Drivers may want to consider alternate routes such as SW Taylors Ferry Road or SW Terwilliger Blvd. to avoid delays. 

The footing will support two steel arch river spans on the west bank and four lanes of bridge traffic above.


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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