- View a time-lapse video of yesterday's bridge slide.
- Some of the best photos we've seen of the bridge move are featured on OregonLive's website.
It's been in place for 87 years, but on Saturday the Sellwood Bridge went on the move Saturday.
The entire span of the bridge was moved so that construction on the new bridge can begin. Engineers are using 10 sliding jacks, 40 lifting jacks and a central control system to make sure the move goes exactly as it should.
The bridge weighs almost 7 million pounds and is nearly 11,000 feet long. It was moved about 66 feet on the west end and 33 feet on the east end onto temporary supports.
It was done at an angle because the new bridge is wider at the west end. Crews will then begin building the new bridge in the old space.
The Sellwood Bridge on Saturday provided daylong entertainment for a giddy crowd of hundreds of awestruck onlookers, as its 6.8 million-pound span moved -- in what seemed miraculous to many -- inches at a time onto new, temporary supports.
The move came off flawlessly, capping months of intense planning and detailed preparations.
Scores of onlookers watched the inch-by-inch move today of the 87-year-old span on tracks. Bridge engineers reported no problems with the move, which is expected to wrap up by late afternoon or early evening. When finished, the existing Sellwood Bridge will end up a few yards north on temporary steel supports placed last year in the Willamette River. It will then be used as a detour bridge for traffic, cyclists and pedestrians as work gets underway on a permanent span in the old bridge's prior location.