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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for June 12

Retaining wall construction

Retaining wall construction

Field Work Notice - June 12, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 Lane Closures: For this week:

  • Single lane closure 6 AM to 9 AM on southbound OR-43 north of the bridge for retaining wall work.
  • Double lane closure on OR-43 (north of the bridge) 7 PM – 6 AM for installation of wire mesh on the hillside north of the retaining walls (north of the bridge). Expect delays.
  • All lanes open 4 PM-7 PM

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave:   There will be a lot of work at this intersection next week including:

  • June 15-19 crews will demolish the Northeast corner of SE 6th and Tacoma to install light poles, traffic signal junction boxes and poles,  curbs and sidewalk. 
  • June 15- 19 (days) - the southbound lane of SE 6th Ave between Tacoma and Spokane will be closed to traffic for road reconstruction.  Travelers should use SE 7th Ave as an alternate.  Northbound 6th Ave remains open

Flaggers will be present to direct traffic and help construction vehicles enter the site.  Please use caution in this area. 

Bridge Crane:  Bridge travelers may notice a large crane has been erected on the south side of the new bridge.  This crane will be used to place bridge decking materials for the next several months.  The crane may occasionally swing near the detour bridge eastbound lanes of traffic about 50 feet above.  Also, at night, when not in use, the crane will rotate freely (with the wind).  This free rotation helps reduce stress on the crane created by wind gusts.  There is no risk to those traveling across the bridge.

Willamette River:  As we move into hotter weather, more people are out on the water.  Please remember that the area around the Sellwood Bridge is a NO WAKE zone.  Crews are working on platforms, moving equipment, steel and other components, and wakes can create a safety hazard.  Please lower the speeds on your watercraft when approaching the bridge, so that no wake is created.

City of Portland BES Project: This is a courtesy announcement about another project.  The contractor is installing about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe along SW Taylors Ferry Road, 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe along SW Virginia Avenue, and permanent odor controls east of SW Taylors Ferry Road There are periodic full closures of Taylors Ferry for this work. For project and closure information visit the BES project website. This work is not related to the Sellwood Bridge project.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for June 5

Crane installed

Crane installed

Field Work Notice - June 5, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 Lane Closures: There will be nighttime double lane closures (7 pm- 6 am) of the southbound outside lane of Hwy 43 beginning June 8 for installation of wire mesh on the hillside north of the retaining walls (north of the bridge).  Flaggers will be present to help direct traffic.  The closures will take place Monday through Thursday nights for four weeks as crews drill anchors and place meshing that will protect against rock falls.

Also this week, expect:

  • Single lane closure 6AM to 9AM on southbound OR-43 north of the bridge
  • Double lane closure on OR-43 (north of the bridge) 9AM-4PM
  • All lanes open 4PM-7PM

Tacoma Street:   Crews are finishing up work on the Northwest corner of SE Tacoma at 6th this week.  Beginning June 15, crews will demolish the Northeast corner of SE 6th and Tacoma to install light poles, curbs and sidewalk.  Flaggers will be present to direct traffic and help construction vehicles enter the site. There are several phases to the work at this intersection, with minor traffic shifts during each phase.  Please use caution in this area. 

Note that from June 22 to July 2, SE 6th Street, north of Tacoma will be closed to traffic to install conduits and storm water facilities, and grade/repave the road.  Travelers should use 7th or 8th streets to access the north side of Tacoma. The road will reopen July 2nd.

City of Portland BES Project: This is a courtesy announcement about another project.  The contractor is installing about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe along SW Taylors Ferry Road, 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe along SW Virginia Avenue, and permanent odor controls east of SW Taylors Ferry Road There are periodic full closures of Taylors Ferry for this work. For project and closure information visit the BES project website. This work is not related to the Sellwood Bridge project.

Bridge Crane:  Bridge travelers may notice a large crane has been erected on the south side of the new bridge.  This crane will be used to place bridge decking materials for the next several months.  The crane may occasionally swing near the detour bridge eastbound lanes of traffic about 50 feet above. (see photos) Also, at night, when not in use, the crane will rotate freely (with the wind).  This free rotation helps reduce stress on the crane created by wind gusts.  There is no risk to those traveling across the bridge.

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New Sellwood Bridge taking shape

By David F. Ashton, The Portland Tribune - June 5, 2015

Now that the piers are in place, and the arches have been installed, the new Sellwood Bridge is looking more like – well, a real bridge, these days.

Touring the project in mid-May with Multnomah County spokeswoman Mike Pullen, THE BEE got a look over – and under – the construction.

Just beyond the east bridge approach, crews were working on the roadway.

Looking west, Pullen pointed out, “There are five spans connecting S.E. Tacoma Street to the bridge itself. The only span that we’ll be able to completely finish this year is the easternmost one.”

Read the article on PortlandTribune.com.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for May 29

Curb work

Curb work

Field Work Notice - May 29, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Tacoma Street:   Traffic may be delayed on  for short periods on June 2 and June 5th during two concrete pours on the NW corner of SE Tacoma at 6th. Flaggers will be present to direct traffic and help construction vehicles enter the site. Note:  there are several phases to the work at this intersection, with traffic being shifted during each phase.  Please use caution in this area. 

Hwy. 43 Lane Closures: Southbound lane closures are expected next week north of the bridge before 4 pm.

City of Portland BES Project: This is a courtesy announcement about another project.  The contractor is installing about 1,000 feet of 24-inch concrete pipe along SW Taylors Ferry Road, 800 feet of 48-inch concrete pipe along SW Virginia Avenue, and permanent odor controls east of SW Taylors Ferry Road. There will be continuous construction tonight (Friday, May 29) from 8:00 p.m. until construction is complete, no later than 6:00 a.m. Monday, June 1  This work is not related to the Sellwood Bridge project. For information, visit the BES project website.

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