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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Oct. 10

East Tacoma Paving

East Tacoma Paving

Field Work Update - October 10, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

New Waterline: This week the contractor will be excavating the east side of Hwy 43 in preparation for round the clock installation of a new waterline the following week. Traffic will be shifted slightly to the west.

Sellwood Bridge delays:  Motorists should expect delays on the Sellwood Bridge as concrete trucks access Tacoma and Spokane streets from 6 a.m. October 16 through early evening October 17 for a 36 hour continuous concrete pour for Bent 5.  The public is encouraged to find alternate routes during this time period.

Weekend work: Crews will be working next few Saturdays on the NW retaining walls.  Double lane closures will be necessary.  Please use caution when traveling through the area.

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Sellwood Bridge construction traffic alert for Oct. 8

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Sellwood Bridge construction is expected to impact traffic on the bridge and SE Tacoma St. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m. One of the two traffic lanes will be closed at the east end of the bridge while crews complete the repair of an expansion joint in the deck. (This work was re-scheduled for Oct. 8.) Flaggers will direct two-way traffic on the open lane. Additional truck traffic is also expected on Wednesday at the east end of the bridge, due to paving work on the new east approach. Travelers can avoid delays by using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for October 3

Bird's eye view of west river pier concrete pour

Bird's eye view of west river pier concrete pour

Field Work Update - October 3, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Lane Closures Oct. 6 – 7:  One lane will be closed near the east end of the bridge on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until as late as 4 p.m. while crews replace an expansion joint in the bridge deck. Flaggers will direct two-way traffic in the open lane.  This work will slow traffic, so bridge users should consider using alternate routes to avoid delays.

Tacoma Paving on Oct. 8:  The closed south side of Tacoma is scheduled to be paved on Wednesday, Oct. 8 between SE 6th Ave. and the bridge.  This work will increase truck traffic near the east end of the bridge.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.  On weekdays through Oct. 7 a third party contractor is installing a fiber optic line under a closed traffic lane south of the bridge (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

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Traffic alert: Sellwood Bridge concrete pour will impact Hwy. 43 October 1 and 2

A major concrete pour for the new Sellwood Bridge is likely to impact traffic on Highway 43 near the bridge today and Thursday morning. The outside northbound lane of Highway 43 is closed north and south of the bridge to allow concrete trucks to enter and exit the west side work zone. Several hundred truck deliveries will be needed to pour concrete for the west side river pier. The main traffic impact is for northbound travel, which is heaviest in the morning. For the Thursday morning commute, travelers should allow extra time for their trip or consider alternate routes such as I-5, SW Terwilliger or SW Taylors Ferry Road.