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Traffic Advisory: Sellwood Bridge construction will impact traffic Sept. 21 - 22

Construction related to the Sellwood Bridge project will impact traffic across the bridge and on Highway 43 near the bridge more than usual Monday, September 21 through 3 pm on Tuesday, September 22. Lanes are closed on Highway 43 north of the bridge for paving and lane striping and additional work may impact traffic at the east end of the bridge near SE Tacoma St. and SE 6th Ave. Drivers may want to consider alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge or allow more time than usual for their trip.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for September 17

Removing the cofferdam from west river pier

Removing the cofferdam from west river pier

Field Work Notice - Posted September 18, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43: 

  • Two lanes of Hwy. 43 will be closed from 9 am on Friday, Sept. 18 until 3 pm on Tuesday, Sept. 22 during removal of a median and paving near the new driveway to Freeman Motors and Macadam Bay. Expect delays during the lane closures.
  • Starting on Friday, Sept. 25 at 9 am, the right northbound lane will be closed at Macadam Bay until no later than Tuesday, Sept. 29 at 3 pm. Traffic will be impacted on Sept. 25 – 26 for paving operations north of the bridge.
  • Bicyclists and pedestrians are using a detour path along the trolley corridor between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway, during work on the east shoulder of Hwy. 43. On work days flaggers are positioned at each end of the trail and where the trail passes near construction vehicles. Trail users should remain alert when riding through the busy project area.
  • During work on the east shoulder, only three traffic lanes are open between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway. Two lanes are open in the peak travel direction and one lane is open in the off-peak direction.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 10

Falsework for Span 3 deck

Field Work Notice - September 10, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43:

  • Bicyclists and pedestrians have shifted to a detour path along the trolley corridor between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway, during work on the east shoulder of Hwy. 43. On work days flaggers are positioned at each end of the trail and where the trail passes near construction vehicles. Trail users should remain alert when riding through the busy project area.
  • During work on the east shoulder, only three traffic lanes are open between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway. Two lanes are open in the peak travel direction and one lane is open in the off-peak direction. The fourth lane will reopen in October.
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"Out-of-spec bolts" slow Sellwood Bridge progress

By David F. Ashton, THE BEE - September 4, 2015

With most of the heavy construction work completed on S.E. 6th Avenue, both north and south of Tacoma Street, most of the infrastructure work for the eastern landing of the new Sellwood Bridge has been completed.

Crews will soon be installing a traffic control signal at the intersection, according to Multnomah County Sellwood Bridge Project spokesman Mike Pullen. “However, the signal won’t be turned on until the new bridge has opened,” he said.

And, it appears that the new bridge won’t be fully in service until February or March of next year, Pullen said, as he took THE BEE on a new tour of the site.

One of the things slowing progress is a potential problem with some of the bolts that were supplied for the project.

Read the full article on PortlandTribune.com.