With most of the heavy construction work completed on S.E. 6th Avenue, both north and south of Tacoma Street, most of the infrastructure work for the eastern landing of the new Sellwood Bridge has been completed.
Crews will soon be installing a traffic control signal at the intersection, according to Multnomah County Sellwood Bridge Project spokesman Mike Pullen. “However, the signal won’t be turned on until the new bridge has opened,” he said.
And, it appears that the new bridge won’t be fully in service until February or March of next year, Pullen said, as he took THE BEE on a new tour of the site.
One of the things slowing progress is a potential problem with some of the bolts that were supplied for the project.
- Bicyclists and pedestrians are seeing the biggest traffic change this week. The path along the east edge of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and the driveway to Macadam Bay has shifted to a new path along the trolley corridor, which includes switchbacks. The change will allow the east shoulder of Hwy. 43 to be rebuilt. On work days flaggers are positioned at each end of the trail and where the trail passes near construction vehicles. Safety fencing has been installed along the trail. Trail users should remain alert when riding through the busy project area.
- Beginning Tuesday, September 8 there will be only three traffic lanes in use between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway, due to reconstruction of the east shoulder. Two lanes will alternate north or south, depending on the peak direction of traffic. One lane will be open in the off-peak direction. The fourth lane will reopen in October.
The Sellwood Bridge contractor has revised the paving schedule for this weekend, due to a forecast for rain. Paving is planned for the multi-use path north of the bridge (off the highway) and on new through lanes of Hwy. 43 south of the bridge.
Here is the revised schedule:
- Friday, Aug. 28: Pave the multi-use path between the bridge and Macadam Bay driveway. Asphalt trucks will entering and exit the work zone during daytime hours.
- Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 29-30: No paving.
- Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 (weather permitting): Pave new Hwy. 43 through lanes south of bridge during daytime hours. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane south of the bridge.
- A northbound lane is closed north of the bridge between 9 am and 3 pm on weekdays.
- A southbound lane is closed at times on weekdays north and south of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm.
- Road and trail paving are planned August 28 – 30 (weather permitting) south and north of the bridge. From Friday morning until Sunday evening, northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane south of the bridge. Rain is forecast for the weekend. An update will be sent out if the weekend work is postponed.
- The bicycle/pedestrian path between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway will be re-routed on Monday, August 31 down to the newly paved path along the trolley line. The detour, which includes switchbacks, will be in place several weeks while a retaining wall along the east side of Hwy. 43 is demolished. Flaggers will direct traffic at the Macadam Bay driveway and at the south end where trail users travel near road and construction traffic.
- Double lane closures are scheduled north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am Monday to Wednesday, August 31 – September 2 during final installation of wire rock fall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.