Several Sellwood Bridge construction activities will impact traffic today through Saturday, January 11:
Westside -- Two lanes of Highway 43 will be closed north of the Sellwood Bridge from Wednesday through Friday this week from 9 a.m. until as late as 4 p.m. due to construction of retaining walls on the west side of the highway. One lane will remain open in each direction. The traffic signal at the west end of the bridge will be turned off during the lane closures and flaggers will direct traffic. Travelers may want to avoid delays by using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge or SW Taylors Ferry and SW Terwilliger Blvd.
Eastside -- Several hundred concrete truck deliveries will take place over a 24-hour period on the east side of the bridge between noon on Friday and noon on Saturday. Trucks will arrive and depart via SE Tacoma St., SE 6th Ave. and SE Spokane St., where they will enter and exit the work zone. Flaggers will direct traffic at Tacoma and 6th and at Spokane and Oaks Park Way. On street parking will be closed on Spokane St. between 6th Ave. and Oaks Park Way. Access for residents, businesses and visitors will be maintained at all times, but the truck traffic will create additional congestion in the area.
Two lanes of Highway 43 will be closed north of the Sellwood Bridge on Wednesday, January 8 from 9 a.m. until as late as 4 p.m. due to construction of retaining walls on the west side of the highway.
One lane will remain open in each direction. The traffic signal at the west end of the bridge will be turned off during the lane closures and flaggers will direct traffic. The lane closures will add to traffic congestion, so travelers may want to avoid delays by using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge or SW Taylors Ferry and SW Terwilliger Blvd.
In 2013, Multnomah County moved the old, deteriorating Sellwood Bridge onto new supports, allowing for the construction of a new bridge roughly in the footprint of the old one.
Throughout the year I captured photos of the bridge in transition, including progress on the construction of the new bridge and the modified traffic routes that have impacted the daily commute.
Enjoy the photo gallery of a year's worth of work on the Sellwood Bridge, and look for more photos throughout 2014. Multnomah County plans to have the new bridge open in 2015.
See the photo gallery here.
Westside concrete pours: Concrete pours for foundation shafts for the new northeast highway ramp are planned on January 6 from noon until about 4 pm and on January 10. A traffic lane will be closed for these pours.
New traffic signal at Highway 43: This week lane striping and pavement markings were touched up at the intersection, one of several changes that are being made to improve traffic flow at the new traffic signal.
Night lane closures on Hwy. 43: Lanes will be closed tonight and on weeknights next week on Hwy. 43 north and south of the bridge for installation of steel piles. One lane will remain open in each direction from 7 p.m. until 6 a.m. The night work should be completed next week. The traffic signal is turned off during this work and flaggers direct traffic.
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 on the west side of Hwy 43.Read More