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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for December 4

View of bridge from the west

View of bridge from the west

Field Work Update - December 4, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • A major traffic change was made to the Hwy. 43 interchange with the bridge in November. The northbound lane of Hwy. 43 now uses the new interchange ramps and the southbound through lane travels under the new bridge (see article on project website).  This will continue until summer 2016. Southbound traffic uses the right outside lane to access the bridge (not the left lane as before). The left lane is used for through traffic (Portland to Lake Oswego). Drivers should check crosswalks in the intersection before turning right on red to avoid conflicts with pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • A concrete deck pour is scheduled to begin at 3 am Saturday, Dec. 5 with  trucks accessing the work zone from SE Tacoma St. and SE Spokane St.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
  • Other Projects: The west side detour for bicycles and pedestrians has been extended along the west sidewalk of SW Macadam Ave. north from SW Nevada St. to SW Nebraska St., due to a Portland Water Bureau project in Willamette Park.  At Nebraska St. bicyclists and pedestrians can rejoin the regional trail. The detour is in place until the project is completed next spring.
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Sellwood Bridge gets decked for the Holidays

By David F. Ashton, The Bee - November 29, 2015

Depending on the weather, the new Sellwood Bridge’s concrete deck might be completed before the end of the year.

That’s what Mike Pullen, Multnomah County spokesman for the project, said, when he took THE BEE on a mid-November tour below, and on the surface of, the new bridge.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for November 25

Preparing Span 5 for concrete deck pour

Week of November 25, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • A major traffic change was made to the Hwy. 43 interchange with the bridge on Nov. 17. The northbound lane of Hwy. 43 now uses the new interchange ramps and the southbound through lane travels under the new bridge (see article).  This will continue until summer 2016. Southbound traffic uses the right outside lane to access the bridge (not the left lane as before). The left lane is used for through traffic (Portland to Lake Oswego). The traffic signal has been adjusted to improve traffic flow. Drivers should check crosswalks in the intersection before turning right on red to avoid conflicts with pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • On Monday, Nov. 30 a concrete deck pour is scheduled from 8 am to late afternoon with concrete trucks accessing the work zone from SE Tacoma and SE Spokane St.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
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New Sellwood Bridge is a major upgrade from old, outdated bridge: Spanning Oregon

By Andrew Theen, The Oregonian - November 21, 2015

The new Sellwood Bridge features a wide, open span that leaps from each bank of the Willamette River in three graceful arches. It's a welcome change from the old, drab, cracked, narrow two-lane bridge.

The new bridge has two viewing areas on each side, two 12-foot-wide sidewalks, two 6.5-foot-wide bicycle lanes and the structural integrity and seismic soundness befitting a 21st century bridge. It remains two lanes, but flares to four lanes on the west end and three lanes with a center turn lane on the east end to ease congestion.

Read the full article at OregonLive.com