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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 20

West retaining wall

West retaining wall

Field Work Update - September 20, 2013

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Closed Ramp from Bridge to Hwy. 43 South: The ramp is permanently closed to motor vehicles but remains open to bicyclists and pedestrians traveling to River View Cemetery until a new bike/pedestrian traffic signal is activated in early November.   The signal will be at a new cemetery access across from the bridge

Cemetery Entrance: The entrance from Hwy. 43 to River View Cemetery is closed to motor vehicles west of the funeral home through September. A narrow path through the work zone is open for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Hwy. 43 Lane Closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays (except from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor excavates the hillside west of the highway. On weekdays the contractor also closes a northbound lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between the bridge and Freeman Motors.

Tree Removal Postponed: Night-time removal of trees on the east side of Hwy. 43 north and south of the bridge has been postponed for several weeks.

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Sellwood Bridge traffic alert for Friday, Sept. 20

Traffic Alert - September 20, 2013

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Sellwood Bridge construction will impact traffic near the bridge at times on Friday, September 20.
  • Eastside: A large concrete pour is scheduled from 4:30 a.m. until mid-afternoon for the final river pier foundation shaft.  Concrete trucks will access the site via SE Spokane St. and SE Tacoma St.  Work lights will be used starting at about 3 a.m.  
  • Westside: A southbound lane of Highway 43 will be closed just south of the bridge from 9 a.m. until early afternoon to allow a large delivery of steel for the retaining wall being built on the west side of the highway.  Flaggers will also need to hold highway traffic near the bridge at times to allow equipment to be delivered into the area where the ramp from the bridge to Highway 43 south was closed earlier this month.

Sellwood Bridge Construction Traffic Alert

Traffic Alert - September 17

Sellwood Bridge construction will require closures of the outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 south of the bridge on two days this week, during off-peak travel hours.

  • Wednesday, September 18: The southbound lane will be closed between the bridge and the entrance to River View Cemetery from 9:30 a.m. until as late as 11 a.m. while a truck delivers temporary light poles.
  • Friday, September 20: The southbound lane will be closed between the bridge and the southern project limits from about 9 a.m. until noon while steel beams are delivered for the retaining wall being built on the west side of the highway.

One southbound lane will remain open during these deliveries, but travelers should expect delays due to the lane closures.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 13-20

Field Work Update - September 13, 2013

TRAFFIC ALERTS **MAJOR TRAFFIC CONTROL CHANGE **

To build the new interchange at Hwy 43, the southbound loop ramp from westbound Sellwood Bridge has been closed permanently to motorized vehicles. Southbound traffic will be diverted north to the new turn around at Taylors Ferry. Please do not perform illegal U-turns at or before the Taylors Ferry intersection. Motorists should expect long delays, especially during the rush hours and we encourage drivers to seek alternate routes if possible. Check out the City of Portland road closure map to help you plan your alternate routes.

The southbound loop ramp will stay open to bicyclists and pedestrians traveling to River View Cemetery until a new bike/pedestrian traffic signal is activated in early November. Bikes need to stay on top of the loops in order to activate the signal. During work hours, flaggers may assist with bike and pedestrian crossing.

Cemetery Entrance: The entrance from Hwy. 43 to River View Cemetery is closed to motor vehicles west of the funeral home through September. Normally, a narrow path through the work zone is open for bicyclists and pedestrians only. However, the trail through the cemetery will be CLOSED to bikes and pedestrians on Saturday, September 14. The closure, which will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., is necessary so that crews can complete part of the excavation near the cemetery entrance on Hwy 43.

Hwy. 43 Lane Closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays (except from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.) between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the project limits south of the bridge while the contractor excavates the hillside west of the highway. On weekdays the contractor also closes a northbound lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between the bridge and Freeman Motors.

Tree Removal Advanced Warning: The week of September 23rd the Northbound lanes of traffic will be closed at night (7 p.m. to 5 a.m.) for three weeks so that the contractor can remove trees on the east side of Hwy 43 on both sides of the Sellwood bridge. Traffic will be shifted to the west—and reduced to one Southbound and one Northbound lane.

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