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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Nov. 24

Workers setting forms for Bent 5 column

Field Work Update - November 24, 2014

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday this will be the only field work notice this week. The contractor does not plan to work Nov. 27 – 30 during the Thanksgiving holiday, although staff may visit to check concrete cures.

Bridge Closure Completed: The project team thanks bridge users for the patience during last week’s three-day bridge closure. The bridge opened ahead of schedule at 7:20 p.m. on Friday, with traffic using the new east approach (see photo). Due to the greater curve in the east approach, the advisory speed limit was lowered from 25 mph. to 20 mph. The staircase from the bridge sidewalk to the Springwater Trail and access to the bridge sidewalk from SE Grand Ave. have closed, due to construction on the old east approach.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 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.

Night Work on Hwy. 43: Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls. Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge opens at 8 p.m. Friday night

Field Work Update -November 21, 2014

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The Sellwood Bridge will reopen at 8 p.m. Friday, November 21 after a three-day closure to shift traffic onto the new east approach. The speed limit on the bridge has been lowered from 25 m.p.h. to 20 m.p.h. due to the longer curve at the east end of the bridge. Please note that the bridge is limited to vehicles weighing up to 10 tons and 30 feet in length.

The project team thanks the community for their patience during this bridge closure. The bridge will remain open through the rest of the year, so please remember to support local businesses during the holidays.


Bridge To Reopen After Evening Commute, November 21

Field Work Update

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The Sellwood Bridge is closed to all traffic modes from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until sometime after the evening commute Friday, November 21. At the latest, the bridge will reopen by midnight on Friday. The bridge was closed to set up a traffic control change to the east approach.  When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new east approach. Hwy. 43 will remain open.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Nov. 14

Installing barrier on east approach

Installing barrier on east approach

Field Work Update - November 14, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure Nov. 19 - 21: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 to shift traffic onto the new east approach (on the south side of Tacoma). The bridge sidewalk will also be closed. The Ross Island Bridge is the alternate route for northbound traffic and the Hawthorne Bridge is an alternate route for bicyclists. The traffic switch will allow work on the north half of the new east approach to begin in 2015.  We encourage drivers to plan for an alternate route now before the closure

Hwy. 43 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. 

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work notice for November 7

Span 8 Form Removed

Span 8 Form Removed

Field Work Update - November 7, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure November 19: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. (new time) on Wednesday, Nov. 19 until as late as 11:59 on Friday, Nov. 21 to shift traffic onto the new east approach (on the south side of Tacoma). The bridge sidewalk will also be closed, but may be able to re-open early on Friday. The traffic switch will allow work on the north half of the new east approach to begin in 2015.  We encourage drivers to plan for an alternate route now before the closure.

Hwy. 43 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. 

Saturday lane closures:  On Saturdays the contractor will close lanes on Hwy. 43 north of the bridge during drilling for tie-back anchors for the west retaining walls. One lane will remain open in each direction during the work.

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Oct. 31

Rebar mats on west approach deck

Rebar mats on west approach deck

Field Work Update - October 31, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure: A bridge closure is planned from 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 to shift traffic onto the new east approach. The bridge sidewalk will also be closed, but may be able to re-open early on Friday. The traffic switch will allow work on the north half of the new east approach to begin in 2015.

Hwy. 43 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. 

Saturday lane closures:  On Saturdays for the next several weeks the contractor will close lanes on Hwy. 43 north of the bridge during drilling for tie-back anchors for the west retaining walls. One lane will remain open in each direction during the work.

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will also be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights into the second week of November from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Oct. 24

Bent 4 column forms

Bent 4 column forms

Field Work Update - October 24, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 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. 

Saturday lane closures:  On Saturdays through October the contractor will close lanes on Hwy. 43 north of the bridge during drilling for tie-back anchors for the west retaining walls. One lane will remain open in each direction during the work.

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will also be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights from Oct. 27 – Nov. 7 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Oct. 16

Concrete pour at east river pier, wide

Concrete pour at east river pier, wide

Field Work Update - October 16, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 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. 

Saturday lane closures:  During the day on Saturday, Oct. 18 the contractor will close lanes on Hwy. 43 north of the bridge during drilling for tie-back anchors for the west retaining walls. One lane will remain open in each direction during the work.

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will also be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights, as early as Oct. 20 through 30 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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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.


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