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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 13-20

Field Work Update - September 13, 2013

TRAFFIC ALERTS **MAJOR TRAFFIC CONTROL CHANGE **

To build the new interchange at Hwy 43, the southbound loop ramp from westbound Sellwood Bridge has been closed permanently to motorized vehicles. Southbound traffic will be diverted north to the new turn around at Taylors Ferry. Please do not perform illegal U-turns at or before the Taylors Ferry intersection. Motorists should expect long delays, especially during the rush hours and we encourage drivers to seek alternate routes if possible. Check out the City of Portland road closure map to help you plan your alternate routes.

The southbound loop ramp will stay open to bicyclists and pedestrians traveling to River View Cemetery until a new bike/pedestrian traffic signal is activated in early November. Bikes need to stay on top of the loops in order to activate the signal. During work hours, flaggers may assist with bike and pedestrian crossing.

Cemetery Entrance: The entrance from Hwy. 43 to River View Cemetery is closed to motor vehicles west of the funeral home through September. Normally, a narrow path through the work zone is open for bicyclists and pedestrians only. However, the trail through the cemetery will be CLOSED to bikes and pedestrians on Saturday, September 14. The closure, which will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., is necessary so that crews can complete part of the excavation near the cemetery entrance on Hwy 43.

Hwy. 43 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 excavates the hillside west of the highway. On weekdays the contractor also closes a northbound lane from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between the bridge and Freeman Motors.

Tree Removal Advanced Warning: The week of September 23rd the Northbound lanes of traffic will be closed at night (7 p.m. to 5 a.m.) for three weeks so that the contractor can remove trees on the east side of Hwy 43 on both sides of the Sellwood bridge. Traffic will be shifted to the west—and reduced to one Southbound and one Northbound lane.

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One day closure of River View bike trail, Saturday Sept. 14

Traffic Alert - September 13, 2013

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The bicycle trail through River View Cemetery will be CLOSED to bikes and pedestrians on Saturday, September 14. The closure, which will run from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., is necessary so that crews can complete part of the excavation near the cemetery entrance on Hwy. 43, part of the Sellwood Project interchange construction. We apologize for the inconvenience.


TRAFFIC ALERT - Thursday 9/12

Traffic Alert - September 12

PGE will be onsite Thursday evening at 7:00pm on the west side of Hwy 43, affecting westbound bridge traffic and southbound OR-43 traffic. They will be removing a street light pole and installing a new one at the intersection.  This work should last approx. 2 hours.  One southbound lane will be closed for the duration.  Please use caution when traveling through the area.


Field Work Update for September 6

Field Work Update - September 6

TRAFFIC ALERTS

**MAJOR TRAFFIC CONTROL CHANGE **

The southbound loop ramp from westbound Sellwood Bridge has been closed permanently to motorized vehicles. Southbound traffic will be diverted north to the new turn around at Taylors Ferry. Please do not perform illegal U-turns at or before the Taylors Ferry intersection.

The southbound loop ramp will stay open to bicyclists and pedestrians traveling to River View Cemetery until a new bike/pedestrian traffic signal is activated in early November. The City of Portland will increase the sensitivity of the signal loops so that bikes may activate them.  Bikes need to stay on top of the loops in order to activate the signal.  During work hours, flaggers may assist with bike and pedestrian crossing.

This major traffic change is needed so that the east half of the Highway 43 interchange can be built. The interchange is scheduled to be completed in 2015.  Motorists should expect long delays, especially during the rush hours and we encourage drivers to seek alternate routes if possible.  This is a busy summer for construction in addition to the Sellwood bridge project.  Check out the City of Portland road closure map at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/62715  to help you plan your alternate routes.  We appreciate your patience during this important construction phase.

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