Hwy. 43 traffic impacts: Lane closures are expected next week in the southbound outside lane north and south of the bridge to install street light poles, traffic signal poles and aerial spans. A new traffic signal is being set up for the next traffic stage in May. That stage will shift traffic onto the west end of the new bridge, to allow the northbound ramp to be built.
South of the bridge the outside northbound lane will be closed at times next week when large concrete blocks will be offloaded and installed for a retaining wall on the southeast ramp.
A major concrete pour is planned on Wednesday, March 4 for the deck of Span 2, with increased concrete truck deliveries that day.
North of the bridge, trail and motor vehicle traffic may experience brief delays due to waterline work along the east edge of Hwy. 43. Flaggers will direct trail traffic at times.
Spokane Street/6th Ave. Parking: A no parking zone will be established on March 5 – 6 at locations along SE 6th Ave. near SE Spokane St. and on Spokane between 6th Ave. and SE Oaks Parkway. The parking spaces need to be closed on days when large construction cranes will be delivered for erection of the east side steel arch span.Read More
Hwy. 43 traffic impacts: Trail and motor vehicle traffic north of the bridge may experience brief delays next week due to waterline work along the east edge of Hwy. 43. The outside northbound lane will be closed at some off-peak times to allow exiting dump trucks to accelerate safely onto the highway (see photo). Trail users may be asked to wait at times for trucks and equipment to be cleared from the trail.
City Sewer Project on Taylors Ferry Road: Many people contacted us this week to ask about new construction signs seen on Taylors Ferry Road. These are for a City of Portland sewer project that is not related to the Sellwood Bridge project. The City project will require Taylors Ferry Road between Macadam Ave. and nearby Stephens Creek to be closed on weeknights from 8 pm to 6 am starting Feb. 23 for up to four months. For more information, visit the project website.Read More
If you commute across the Sellwood Bridge, you might want to add an extra 20 minutes to your trip just to be safe.
Yesterday we got an email from reader Michael H. He was riding south toward the bridge on SW Macadam (state route 43) when he was unexpectedly forced to stop because of an active construction zone. There was no detour posted and he waiting “about 10 to 15 minutes” before he was let through by work crews.
Motorists could be driving over the new Sellwood Bridge by this time next year.
Ian Cannon, a project manager for Multnomah County, told county commissioners this week that the Sellwood Bridge project is 73 percent complete and that costs remain on track to finish no more than $10 million over the original $307.5 million price tag.
The project could be wrapped up entirely on schedule by Thanksgiving 2016, Cannon said during an update that takes place every other month. The bridge is expected to serve at least 30,000 motorists a day.