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Sellwood Bridge: first steel arch pieces arrive by barge

By Randy L. Rasmussen The Oregonian - December 15, 2014

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The first steel arch pieces of Portland's new Sellwood Bridge arrived Monday, Dec. 15, 2014, at the bridge site, carried by a barge delivering them from Vancouver where they were built.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 12

Demolition of old east approach

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge remains closed until the afternoon of December 19 due to demolition of the old east bridge approach.  Work next week involves a section of the old abutment. The trail is closed between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. The detour uses SE 7th Street to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail. 

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 5

Demolition of old east approach

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge will be closed December 8 - 19 during demolition of the old east approach to the bridge.  The closed section is between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. Trail users will be directed to a detour on SE 7th Avenue to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail. 

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation. 

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through December 12, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge budget grows beyond $307.5 million, Multnomah County acknowledges

By Brad Schmidt, The Oregonian - November 26, 2014

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Replacing the Sellwood Bridge is as much as $9 million over budget even though Multnomah County officials have repeatedly told the public the $307.5 million project has been on track and within budget.

The disclosure came after repeated questions from The Oregonian. Officials acknowledged costs are now expected to exceed the budget by between $3 million and $9.2 million.

Although the overruns represent only about a 1 to 3 percent increase in the total costs, officials aren't sure how they'll pay for it. The city of Portland and Multnomah County previously agreed to split any overruns.

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