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Lane closure on Hwy. 43 for Sellwood Bridge work

Multnomah County Press Release - July 16, 2015

The outside northbound lane of Highway 43/SW Macadam Avenue from the Macadam Bay driveway to south of SW Taylors Ferry Road will be closed from 9 a.m. on Friday, July 17 until as late as 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 for construction related to the Sellwood Bridge project.

The lane closure will allow a contractor to excavate asphalt and concrete sidewalk and pour concrete for a new driveway for Macadam Bay and Freeman Motors.  The existing driveways for the two properties will remain open until the new driveway opens this fall.  There will be night work during the weekend so that the lane can be reopened as soon as possible. Access will be maintained for bicyclists and pedestrians during the lane closure.

Northbound drivers should expect delays during the lane closure, especially during the Monday morning commute.

This press release is also availbale on the Multnomah County website.

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for July 10

Installing bolts on river span 3.

Installing bolts on river span 3.

Field Work Notice - July 10, 2015


Hwy. 43:  Double lane closures continue north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am Monday through Thursday for installation of wire rockfall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave: This week traffic shifted onto the new traffic lanes on the north side of Tacoma between 6th Ave. and the bridge.  Reconstruction of the south lanes of Tacoma and the south side of the intersection has begun. A closure of SE 6th Ave. at Tacoma will be needed for one week later in July for installation of conduit for the new traffic signal and paving. SE 7th will be the alternate route during the closure and access to SE 6th Ave. will be available from SE Tenino, one block south of Tacoma.

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Sellwood Bridge Project has been a learning experience, teachers say

Sellwood Bridge Project school outreach coordinator, Lois Cohen

Sellwood Bridge Project school outreach coordinator, Lois Cohen

Multnomah County Press Release - July 6, 2015

Members of the Sellwood Bridge Project’s School-Based Outreach Program - which ends this winter - provided their last annual update to the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners on Thursday.

The program, which began four years ago, engages students in local elementary, middle and high school classrooms in the county’s largest construction project. The bridge project has served as a learning opportunity and a chance for students to explore careers in construction, engineering, design, and public service. More than 70 members of the project team have participated in school programs to date.

“This is an experience that students will never forget, whether they go into a construction trade or not,” says District 3 Commissioner Judy Shiprack. “It’s an experience that they are going to be articulating, and talking about, and maybe writing about.”

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Sellwood Bridge: Deck forms ready for concrete pour

By David F. Ashton, THE BEE - July 3, 2015

Construction work on the new Sellwood Bridge project, high over the Willamette River, is moving along rapidly now. But it’s not as visible as are the changes in Sellwood, at the intersection of S.E. Tacoma Street and 6th Avenue.

“Contractors are rebuilding the intersection, and adding a traffic signal,” explained Multnomah County project spokesman Mike Pullen.

“Currently the work is on the north side of Tacoma Street,” Pullen pointed out. “Work here has impacted the public coming and going to Oaks [Amusement] Park and Sellwood Riverview Park.”

But, by the time the July 4th holiday weekend rolls around, the underground work should be completed in that area, Pullen told THE BEE. “Then, they will be transitioning to working on the south side of Tacoma Street during the summer months.”

Read the full article on THE BEE.