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New Sellwood Bridge is a major upgrade from old, outdated bridge: Spanning Oregon

By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian - November 21, 2015

The new Sellwood Bridge features a wide, open span that leaps from each bank of the Willamette River in three graceful arches. It's a welcome change from the old, drab, cracked, narrow two-lane bridge.

The new bridge has two viewing areas on each side, two 12-foot-wide sidewalks, two 6.5-foot-wide bicycle lanes and the structural integrity and seismic soundness befitting a 21st century bridge. It remains two lanes, but flares to four lanes on the west end and three lanes with a center turn lane on the east end to ease congestion.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for November 19

Stage 6 A traffic plan at Hwy 43 & bridge

Field Work Update - November 19, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • A major traffic change was made to the Hwy. 43 interchange with the bridge on Nov. 17 (see graphic to the right). The northbound lane of Hwy. 43 now uses the new interchange ramps and the southbound through lane travels under the new bridge (see article on project website). This will continue until summer 2016. Southbound traffic uses the right outside lane to access the bridge (not the left lane as before). The left lane is used for through traffic (Portland to Lake Oswego). The southbound TriMet bus stop by the cemetery is closed until summer. Shifting the traffic creates space for the contractor to build the second through lane under the bridge.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
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Expect delays near Sellwood Bridge on Nov. 17 during traffic change

State 6a Traffic Graphic

Multnomah County Press Release - November 16, 2015

Drivers should expect long delays near the Sellwood Bridge on Tuesday, November 17 from 9 am until 4 pm as a contractor shifts traffic lanes for the next phase of construction where the new bridge connects with Highway 43.  The new traffic stage will create space for the contractor to build the second through lane under the bridge.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for November 12

Stage 6 A traffic plan at Hwy 43 & bridge.

Field Work Update - November 12, 2015

Major Traffic Change in November

The contractor is preparing for a major traffic change this month when the northbound lane of Hwy. 43 will shift onto the new interchange ramps and the southbound through lane will be routed under the new bridge (see article on project website). In the new stage, southbound traffic will use the right outside lane (not the left lane used now) to access the bridge. The left lane will be for through traffic. The southbound TriMet bus stop by the cemetery will close on Nov. 16 and not reopen until summer 2016. Shifting the traffic will create space for the contractor to build the second through lane under the bridge. The tentative date for the traffic change is Tuesday, Nov. 17, weather permitting. An email will be sent to our project list and posted to the project website when the date is confirmed.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
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