Bridge traffic delays: Sellwood Bridge traffic will be delayed at times March 9 – 11 during installation of heavy steel arch segments for the east span of the new bridge. Delays of up to 20 minutes (including sidewalks) may be needed at these times: Monday from 12 – 4 pm; Tuesday from 9 am to noon; Wednesday from 9 to 4 pm. Bridge users may want to consider alternate routes to avoid delays.
Hwy. 43 traffic impacts:
- Lane closures are expected next week in the southbound outside lane north of the bridge during finish work on the concrete walls.
- Lane closures are expected next week for northbound traffic south of the bridge during delivery and installation of large concrete blocks for a new retaining wall.
Sellwood Bridge traffic will be delayed at times March 9 – 11 during installation of heavy steel arch segments for the east span of the new bridge. Bridge users can avoid delays by using alternate routes during the work.
From Monday, March 9 to Wednesday, March 11 the bridge contractor will install steel segments weighing up to 300,000 pounds for the east arch. The east end of the detour bridge is very close to the construction zone where a crane will install the arch segments. For safety, motor vehicle and sidewalk traffic on the detour bridge will be stopped at times during the arch installation. Traffic may be held as long as 20 minutes during these times:
- Monday, March 9 from 12 noon to 4 pm
- Tuesday, March 10 from 9 am to 12 noon
- Wednesday, March 11 from 9 am to 4 pm
Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic at all times. Here are alternate routes bridge users may use:
Alternate routes for westbound traffic are:
- Northbound: Hwy. 99E (McLoughlin Blvd.) to Ross Island Bridge to Hwy. 43
- Southbound: Hwy. 99E to Interstate 205 (Abernethy Bridge at Oregon City) to Hwy. 43
- Eastbound routes are the reverse.
Bicyclists and Pedestrians
Bicyclists and pedestrians may prefer the Hawthorne Bridge for the northern detour. The Hawthorne Bridge can be accessed from the Sellwood area from the Springwater Trail.
The Sellwood Bridge is normally open during construction. The new bridge is scheduled to open in early 2016 and the entire project will be completed in late 2016.
With 34,000 vehicles crossing it daily, the Sellwood Bridge is the second busiest bridge in Portland. An inspection in 2009 identified cracking and structural concerns, and led Multnomah County to decide the structure had to be replaced.
But how could the county replace the bridge while minimizing the impact on the cars that needed to travel from one side of the river to the other?
Enter Omega Morgan with a unique solution.
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