Multnomah County's Sellwood Bridge project is about to reach a milestone officials were hoping not to reach.
The estimated cost is $80,261 away from reaching $317.5 million, the high end of a reported cost that's driven by unexpected issues through the years, such as underwater drilling, traffic control and groundwork, according to records obtained by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Anything beyond $317.5 million means the cost will be split between the city of Portland and Multnomah County.
In the same places THE BEE toured for last month’s pictorial on the surface of the new Sellwood Bridge, weeks later the concrete deck forms were covered with layers of cross-hatched rebar.
“This will probably be the first deck section to be poured,” remarked our tour guide, and the Multnomah County Sellwood Bridge spokesman, Mike Pullen, during a September tour of the project.
All that rebar felt to us like stepping out on a giant mattress box spring! Our tour continued, stories below the deck, on the east-side work bridge
The project team wishes to acknowledge the traffic congestion that impacted many motorists in the project area this week. Construction impacted commuters more than normal and problems on alternate routes added to the congestion. Traffic flow should improve next week after major paving work is complete.
- Construction will impact traffic on the bridge, Tacoma St. and Hwy 43 through Sunday, Oct. 4. Hwy 43 lanes are closed between the bridge and SW Taylors Ferry Road during paving and work near the entrance to Freeman Motors and Macadam Bay. One of the four highway lanes is closed during peak commute hours and two lanes are closed during off-peak daytime hours. Traffic flow should return to normal after lanes are striped on Sunday, Oct. 4. Drivers should expect delays and consider alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge and SW Taylors Ferry Road and SW Terwilliger Blvd.
- By Monday, Oct. 5, bicyclists and pedestrians will follow the right shoulder of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and SW Taylors Ferry. The offroad regional trail between the bridge and SW Miles Place will open in 2016.
Sellwood Bridge construction will impact traffic on the bridge and Highway 43 the week of September 28th through the weekend. Highway 43 lanes are closed this week between the bridge and SW Taylors Ferry Road during paving and construction of a new shared driveway to Freeman Motors and Macadam Bay. One of the four highway lanes is closed during peak commute hours and two lanes are closed during off-peak daytime hours. The traffic impacts will continue until after the lanes are striped on Sunday, Oct. 4. Drivers should expect delays and consider alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge and SW Taylors Ferry Road and SW Terwilliger Blvd.