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Aerial Photo Gallery, May 2012 - July 2016

Aerial photo July 13, 2016

July 13, 2016

Updated July 19, 2016

Photos courtesy of the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – July 15, 2016

Work on cap column for bike-ped bridge under Sellwood Bridge

Work on cap column for bike-ped bridge under Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - July 15, 2016


July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18.  The closure is needed for a concrete pour and cure for the deck of the east approach. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge is open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The Ross Island and I-205 Abernethy bridges are alternate crossings. During the closure, the City of Portland will close a lane of SE Tacoma St. between SE 6th Ave. and SE 17th Ave. to grind asphalt in preparation for a paving project this summer.

Highway 43 Lane Closures: Lanes north of the bridge are closed around the clock while the contractor rebuilds lanes in preparation for final paving. Paving of the lanes and bridge ramps is planned in late July. Night paving (7 pm to 6 am) is planned Thursday, July 21 on the southbound ramp from Hwy. 43 to the bridge and on July 22, 25-27 on Highway 43 north of the bridge.  

Cemetery Entrance Closure: The entrance to historic River View Cemetery from Highway 43 at the west end of the Sellwood Bridge is closed to motor vehicles only until Thursday, July 21, weather permitting, due to construction of a new entrance. The closure will allow the contractor to build curbs, sidewalks and the new driveway, and grade and pave a public parking lot for users of Powers Marine Park. Cemetery users should enter from SW Taylors Ferry Road or SW Boones Ferry Road. The entrance from Highway 43 is open to bicyclists and pedestrians during cemetery business hours.

July 28-31 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users for four days to allow the contractor to pave the Tacoma St. approach to the bridge, the westside interchange ramps and the through lanes of Highway 43.  Highway 43 will remain open.

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Street improvements on SE Tacoma Street from SE 6th Avenue to SE 17th Avenue, July 14-18

Traffic Advisory from PBOT

PBOT Contact

Dylan Rivera

(July 11, 2016) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Tacoma Street from SE 6th Avenue to SE 17th Avenue on Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind 2.2 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date. Both grinding and paving are being coordinated with the Sellwood Bridge closures to alleviate heavy traffic delays.

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"You can buy pieces of the old Sellwood Bridge"

By Keely Chalmers, KGW - July 11, 2016

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Sellwood community is making sure the original Sellwood Bridge is not forgotten.

Inspired by a piece of the Berlin Wall she was given as a gift, Rachel Ginocchio came up with the idea to sell pieces of the old Sellwood Bridge.

She asked the contractors who were demolishing the bridge if she could have some of the leftover rubble.

"They said sure yes let’s do that," she said. "I went to the local hardware store, I got buckets, I brought them down and they filled with them rubble and rebar and brought them to my porch."

Read the full article on KGW.com.