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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 30

Turnaround at Taylors Ferry (detail)

Turnaround at Taylors Ferry (detail)

Field Work Update - August 30

TRAFFIC ALERTS

**MAJOR TRAFFIC CONTROL CHANGE STARTS SEPTEMBER 3RD**

At 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3rd, the southbound loop ramp from eastbound westbound* Sellwood Bridge will be closed permanently to motorized vehicles. Southbound traffic will be diverted north to the new Taylors Ferry U-Turn (see attached maps).  The southbound loop ramp will stay open to bicyclists and pedestrians traveling to River View Cemetery until a new bike/ped traffic signal is activated in November.  

This major traffic change is needed so that the east half of the Highway 43 interchange can be built. The interchange is scheduled to be completed in 2015.  Motorists should expect long delays, especially during the morning rush hour and we encourage drivers to seek alternate routes if possible.  This is a busy summer for construction in addition to the Sellwood bridge project.  Check out the City of Portland road closure map at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/62715  to help you plan your alternate routes.  We appreciate your patience during this important construction phase.

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 only.  A new cemetery entrance is being built which will line up with the new bridge Temporary lighting will be installed next week.

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.  The outside southbound lane will also be closed for night work September 3-13.

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Ramp to Hwy. 43 south closed for Sellwood Bridge work

Previous and updated interchange plans (Sep. 3, 2013)

Previous and updated interchange plans (Sep. 3, 2013)

Project Notice - September 3, 2013

The ramp from the Sellwood Bridge to Highway 43 southbound closed on Tuesday, September 3 at 6 a.m. to allow for construction of a new interchange. Motorized bridge traffic now travels north to a new turnaround at SW Taylors Ferry Road to access southbound Highway 43.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 23

Taylors Ferry U-turn aerial

Taylors Ferry U-turn aerial

Field Work Update - August 23, 2013

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Taylors Ferry U-Turn – The new turnaround is paved and will open to traffic around 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 3. Curbs and lane striping will be added next week. The ramp from the bridge to Highway 43 will close permanently on September 3 around 6 a.m. For the next two years, bridge traffic will need to use the Taylors Ferry turnaround to access Highway 43 southbound (see graphic). The ramp will stay open to bicyclists and pedestrians travelling to River View Cemetery until a new traffic signal opens in late October. This major traffic change is needed so that the east half of the Highway 43 interchange can be built.

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 only. A new cemetery entrance is being built which will line up with the new bridge (see photo). Temporary lighting will be installed next week.

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. The outside southbound lane will also be closed for night work August 26 – 30.

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Construction Traffic Alert for August 19

Traffic control on Spokane St.

Traffic control on Spokane St.

Project Notice - August 19, 2013

Work on the new Sellwood Bridge will create some traffic impacts in the project area this week:

  • On Tuesday, August 20, a major concrete pour is scheduled for a river pier foundation.  About 60 concrete truck deliveries will be made to the east work bridge from SE Spokane St. between 5 a.m. and mid-afternoon.  No street parking will be allowed on SE Spokane St. between Oaks Park Way and 6th Ave. during the concrete pour (see map).  The additional construction traffic will add to morning congestion on SE Tacoma St.
  • Night work is scheduled August 20 - 23 on the retaining wall on the west side of Highway 43 between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway.  One southbound lane and one northbound lane of Highway 43 will be closed from 7 p.m. until about 6 a.m.