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Sellwood Bridge project leads to construction worker’s dream job

Destiny Wright and Brian Smith

As Multnomah County Purchasing Manager Brian Smith reported to the County Board recently, last year the County spent about $650 million buying goods and services.  How does all that spending help people in our community?  When Smith shared his report with the Board, he brought along someone who helped answer that question.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for May 20

Offloading girder from truck

Offloading girder from truck

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday 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 works on retaining walls. A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.

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Sellwood Bridge reopens at 1 pm Friday, after girders installed

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The Sellwood Bridge will reopen to traffic at 1 pm on Friday, May 16 after a three-day construction closure. While the bridge was closed, 27 concrete girders were installed between the east approach columns of the new bridge. Crews were able to complete their work and reopen the bridge three hours ahead of schedule.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for May 12

Sellwood dive team

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure May 13 – 16: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed from 7 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13 until as late as 4 p.m. on Friday, May 16 to allow the contractor to install pre-cast concrete girders on the east approach for the new bridge. (Learn why these girders are built offsite on our website.)

The bridge will be closed to all traffic modes (motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians) around the clock during the girder installation. Hwy. 43 will remain open. The Ross Island Bridge is the northern detour for motor vehicles, and the Hawthorne Bridge is a good alternate route for bicyclists. Congestion on detour routes is expected during commute hours, so please allow more time for your trip when the bridge is closed.

Springwater Trail users may experience brief delays Thursday and Friday when girders are installed over the trail. Flaggers will direct trail traffic on these dates and a short detour will be available via SE 6th Avenue.

Hwy. 43 weekday 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 works on retaining walls. A northbound lane is also closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north of the bridge due to earthwork and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.

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