The Sellwood Bridge will reopen at 8 p.m. Friday, November 21 after a three-day closure to shift traffic onto the new east approach. The speed limit on the bridge has been lowered from 25 m.p.h. to 20 m.p.h. due to the longer curve at the east end of the bridge. Please note that the bridge is limited to vehicles weighing up to 10 tons and 30 feet in length.
The project team thanks the community for their patience during this bridge closure. The bridge will remain open through the rest of the year, so please remember to support local businesses during the holidays.
The Sellwood Bridge is closed to all traffic modes from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until sometime after the evening commute Friday, November 21. At the latest, the bridge will reopen by midnight on Friday. The bridge was closed to set up a traffic control change to the east approach. When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new east approach. Hwy. 43 will remain open.
Traffic changes are in store for Sellwood Bridge users when the bridge is closed from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, November 21. The closure will allow the bridge contractor to do work to shift traffic onto the new east approach from SE Tacoma Street.
After the traffic shift, the contractor will demolish the eastern spans of the old approach in December and construct the north half of the approach in 2015. When the bridge reopens on Friday, bridge users will travel a wide S-curve from the detour bridge onto the new east approach. Bicyclists and pedestrians will share a path separated from traffic by a concrete barrier. The speed limit on the bridge will be reduced from 25 mph to 20 mph for safety, until the new bridge opens in 2016.
During the closure the bridge will be closed to motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic.Read More
Bridge Closure Nov. 19 - 21: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 to shift traffic onto the new east approach (on the south side of Tacoma). The bridge sidewalk will also be closed. The Ross Island Bridge is the alternate route for northbound traffic and the Hawthorne Bridge is an alternate route for bicyclists. The traffic switch will allow work on the north half of the new east approach to begin in 2015. We encourage drivers to plan for an alternate route now before the closure
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. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.
Night Work on Hwy. 43: Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls. Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.Read More