Cemetery Entrance – After we announced an upcoming construction closure of a road in Riverview Cemetery last week, we heard from bicyclists concerned about the safety of alternate east/west routes. This week the project team worked with Riverview Cemetery staff to revise the traffic plan so that bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to use the road during construction of the new cemetery entrance from August 12 through September.
Keeping the road open to bicyclists and pedestrians will require the cooperation of trail users who will be passing through an active construction zone. Important details of the plan include:
- The construction zone includes about 100 yards of the road in a steep, curving section above the funeral home near the entrance from Hwy. 43 (see red line in attached graphic).
- A narrow path (3 – 4 feet wide) will be maintained along the edge of the work zone. The path surface will shift from pavement to gravel, surface conditions will change daily, and heavy construction traffic will be nearby.
- During work hours (typically from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays), flaggers will direct traffic at each end of the work zone. Bicyclists will need to dismount and walk their bike through the work zone for safety.
- The trail will be open during some non-work hours. Trail users should use caution when passing through the area at non-work times, especially at night. The cemetery closes the road in the late evening.
- The cemetery road remains closed to all motorized traffic above the funeral home from August 12 until late September. The funeral home can be accessed from Hwy. 43 during construction.
Typically, public access would not be permitted inside a work zone. The cemetery and project team are willing to maintain public access to trail users as long as users comply with these safety rules and follow the direction of flaggers and traffic control devices. If users do not comply, the trail will need to be closed for public safety.
We appreciate everyone’s cooperation so that we can keep the trail open and complete the work as quickly and safely as possible.
Work progresses on the new Sellwood Bridge. Concrete is being poured for the eastside abutment joining the new span and SE Tacoma Street and shoring is positioned on the waterline of the Willamette River in preparation for building pilings. The span itself is years away.
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A concrete pour at the east end of the Sellwood Bridge on Thursday, August 8 is expected to impact morning commute traffic on SE Tacoma St. and the bridge. The contractor will be pouring concrete for the east bridge abutment starting at 8 a.m. in an operation expected to last until about 4 p.m. A concrete pour on the west side of the river is also scheduled in the same period, which may impact Hwy. 43 traffic. Many concrete truck deliveries will be required throughout the day at SE Tacoma and SE 6th Ave. and on Hwy. 43 at the construction entrance north of the bridge. Drivers may want to avoid delays by using alternate river crossings such as the Ross Island Bridge, especially during the morning commute.
Construction of the new Sellwood Bridge hit a snag in mid-July, preventing a continuous concrete pour for the first pier shaft at Bent 5, located just east of midpoint in the Willamette River.
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