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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – September 9, 2016

Field Work Notice - September 9, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Bridge Deck work: The contractor will be closing one lane of the Sellwood Bridge on Saturday night 9/10) and Monday night (9/12) from 7 pm to 6 am (both nights) to seal the bridge deck.  Flaggers will be directing traffic through a single lane.  Consider other travel routes if you need to cross the river during these nights.
  • Bridge Traffic Shift: After the bridge deck is sealed,westbound bridge traffic will be moved north, currently scheduled for Tuesday Sept. 13.  Please be alert when driving through this new traffic stage.  This traffic phase will straighten out the existing curve near the east end of the span.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave signal: Traffic on Tacoma is allowed to turn left on to 6th. Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can ONLY turn right onto eastbound SE Tacoma St. now, and ONLY on a green light. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.  There have been a number of vehicles seen going straight through the signal or turning left onto the bridge.  IMPORTANT- Portland police will be monitoring this area and may cite those violating the right turn only.

On-street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons.

  • Signal Adjustments:  With the new signal in at the west end of the bridge, there has been some additional congestion on onramps entering the bridge from Hwy 43.  PBOT engineers are making many incremental adjustments to the signals at the west end of the bridge to determine optimal timing to reduce congestion.  Factored in are the impacts to the timing of the signals at the east side of the bridge on Tacoma (at 6th, 13th, and farther east) and the volume of traffic at different days and times. It will take some time to finalize the signal timing for traffic flow through all the signals in the area.  Expect delays during this necessary process and drive with caution.
  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed. 
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – September 2, 2016

View of interchange from the North

View of interchange from the North

Field Work Notice - September 2, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

New Traffic Signals:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed.
  • Signal Adjustments:  With the new signal in at the west end of the bridge, there has been some additional congestion on onramps entering the bridge from Hwy 43.  PBOT engineers are making many incremental adjustments to the signals at the west end of the bridge to determine optimal timing to reduce congestion.  Factored in are the impacts to the timing of the signals at the east side of the bridge on Tacoma (at 6th, 13th, and farther east) and the volume of traffic at different days and times. It will take some time to finalize the signal timing for traffic flow through all the signals in the area.  Expect delays during this necessary process and drive with caution.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave signal: Traffic on Tacoma is allowed to turn left on to 6th. Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can ONLY turn right on SE Tacoma St. now, and ONLY on a green light. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.  There have been a number of vehicles seen going straight through the signal or turning left onto the bridge.  IMPORTANT- Portland police will be monitoring this area and may cite those violating the right turn only.

On-street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 26, 2016

Looking south toward west interchange with Sellwood Bridge

Looking south toward west interchange with Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - August 26, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

New Traffic Signals:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed. Adjustments are being made to the new traffic signals at the west end of the bridge to improve traffic flow.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave:  Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can only turn right on SE Tacoma St. now, and only on a green light. On street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.

Westside Trail: Trail users may experience brief delays on Monday, Aug. 29 north of the bridge during some asphalt repair work.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Please note that several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south are closed for repairs through Aug. 31. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

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Benches designed and built by students installed on Sellwood Bridge

Students instructors and county staff gather at Sellwood Bridge bench built by students

Students instructors and county staff gather at Sellwood Bridge bench built by students

Project News - August 24, 2016

When bicyclists and pedestrians stop to sit and enjoy the view from one of the benches on the Sellwood Bridge lookouts, they will be sitting on furniture created by local high school students.

Four benches made of juniper wood and steel were designed and built by students and installed on the belvederes on the north and south sides of the bridge. The benches are the result of an innovative School-Based Outreach Program that involved more than 2,000 local students during the design and construction of the bridge.

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