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Sellwood Bridge construction traffic alert

September 30, 2013

A large concrete pour for one of the river pier foundations for the new Sellwood Bridge is scheduled tomorrow, Tuesday, October 1.  The work zone is on the west side of the river.  Crews will start work at 3:30 a.m. and work lights will be used.  Concrete truck deliveries will arrive continuously from 5:30 a.m. until about 2 p.m. The concrete needs to be poured continuously. The deliveries may add to traffic congestion during the morning commute.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 27

Cemetery Trail Through Work Zone

Cemetery Trail Through Work Zone

Field Work Update - September 27, 2013

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Cemetery Entrance: The entrance from Hwy. 43 to River View Cemetery is closed to motor vehicles west of the funeral home for several more weeks. A narrow path through the work zone is open for bicyclists and pedestrians.  Bicyclists should obey traffic signs and walk bikes through the work zone, due to the steep, curving grade and loose gravel (see photo).  The cemetery is private property so please stay on the approved route.

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 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. between the bridge and Freeman Motors.

Cut Through Traffic: For safety, we urge bridge users not to cut through narrow residential streets in the Sellwood area to dodge commute traffic.

Traffic Congestion Near Bridge: We all know construction has increased traffic congestion that was a problem even before our project began.  The contractor is changing some procedures in an effort to improve traffic flow.  Please bear with us as we replace the bridge and interchange while keeping traffic flowing.

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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.