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New Sellwood Bridge opens next week, slightly over budget after several setbacks

By Elliot Njus, The Oregonian - February 24, 2016

The new Sellwood Bridge opens to traffic next week, nearly — but not quite — ending what has been a long and bumpy road to replace the crumbling span. 

The project is already slightly over budget, and it's not finished yet. The eastside approach remains unfinished because of a temporary connection to the old bridge, used as a detour during construction. And the west end still lacks a direct ramp to southbound Macadam Avenue. The remaining construction should be finished by November. 

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for February 19

Hwy 43 interchange with bridge

Hwy 43 interchange with bridge

Field Work Notice - February 19, 2016

BRIDGE OPENING EVENTS

It’s countdown week for some big project events. 

  • On Thursday, February 25 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, a farewell candlelight walk will allow fans of the old Sellwood Bridge to cross the 90-year span one last time before it closes forever. The bridge will be closed to motor vehicles during the walk, which will be led by a local bagpiper.  Sellwood resident and former Oregon Governor Barbara Roberts will say a few words of tribute before the walk.  Meet at the east end of the bridge at SE Grand Ave. Bring your flashlight, phone light, or electric candle to help say farewell to an old span that will not be with us much longer.
  • On Saturday, February 27 from noon to 4 pm, a community celebration will be held to dedicate the new bridge. Dedication speeches begin at 1 pm, followed by a ribbon cutting, Parade of the Decades, and a water cannon salute from the Portland Fire Bureau’s boat. Enjoy live music, food vendors, and booths from local businesses, non-profits, and public agencies. For event details, visit the project website.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The new bridge will open to traffic on Tuesday, March 1 by 6 am. The detour bridge will close to all traffic for five days beginning Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm. The closure will allow the contractor to dismantle the jump span between the bridges and set up the next traffic stage.   The Ross Island Bridge and the Abernethy Bridge (I-205) will be the main alternate routes during the closure.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
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Will Sunday Parkways 2016 pass your street? New Milwaukie/Sellwood bike route rolls out

By Dillon Pilorget, The Oregonian - February 17, 2016

There are few feelings like biking down a car-free street, surrounded only by a mob of other cyclists and the occasional walker or skateboarder. That feeling is what Portland's free Sunday Parkways rides are all about, and this year's lineup of five easy-going rides will offer it up on a brand new route through Sellwood and Milwaukie.

Sunday Parkways rides get rolling May 15 in East Portland, closing out Oct. 2 with the new Sellwood/Milwaukie route. The loop routes travel about eight miles through different Portland neighborhoods and past parks, where everything from Zumba classes to bike obstacle courses await next to ice cream trucks and bike repair stations.

This year's new route replaces one that last year traveled north through Sellwood to then just-opened Tilikum Crossing. Much in that style, the Sellwood/Milwaukie route will pass over the new Sellwood Bridge, which is set to open March 1.

Read the full story on OregonLive.com


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for February 12

Concrete poured to lock in steel expansion deck joint

Concrete poured to lock in steel expansion deck joint

Field Work Notice - February 12, 2016

BRIDGE OPENING EVENTS

Join us at two free events later this month that will mark major project milestones.  On Saturday, February 27 from noon to 4 pm, a community celebration will be held to dedicate the new bridge. On Thursday, February 25 from 7:30 – 8:30 pm, a farewell candlelight walk will cross the old bridge one last time before it closes forever. The bridge will be closed to motor vehicles during the walk. For event details, visit the project website.

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