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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for February 20

Trail through waterline work zone north of bridge

Field Work Notice - February 20, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts: Trail and motor vehicle traffic north of the bridge may experience brief delays next week due to waterline work along the east edge of Hwy. 43. The outside northbound lane will be closed at some off-peak times to allow exiting dump trucks to accelerate safely onto the highway (see photo). Trail users may be asked to wait at times for trucks and equipment to be cleared from the trail.

City Sewer Project on Taylors Ferry Road: Many people contacted us this week to ask about new construction signs seen on Taylors Ferry Road. These are for a City of Portland sewer project that is not related to the Sellwood Bridge project. The City project will require Taylors Ferry Road between Macadam Ave. and nearby Stephens Creek to be closed on weeknights from 8 pm to 6 am starting Feb. 23 for up to four months. For more information, visit the project website.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for February 13

Demolishing Hwy 43 retaining wall

Demolishing Hwy 43 retaining wall

Field Work Notice - February 13, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts: There will be short-term closures of the outside southbound lane north of the bridge for installation of streetlight pole foundations and lights. Trail traffic north of the bridge may experience brief delays next week due to waterline work along the east edge of Hwy. 43.  The outside northbound lane will be closed at some off-peak times to allow exiting dump trucks to accelerate safely onto the highway.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for February 6

Installation of waterline north of bridge

Installation of waterline north of bridge

Field Work Notice - February 6, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts: There will be short-term closures of lanes near the west end of the bridge at times next week during installation of two traffic signal poles. Trail traffic just north of the bridge may experience brief delays next week due to waterline work along the east edge of Hwy. 43.  Flaggers will direct trail traffic at these times. Additional lane closures may be needed on Hwy. 43 during off-peak hours next week.

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Sellwood Bridge construction traffic alert for February 4

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Traffic on Highway 43 near the Sellwood Bridge will be impacted by construction activity most of the day on Wednesday, February 4. Work will begin before the morning commute and may continue into the evening. A contractor will need to shift traffic lanes and perform a number of tasks as highway lanes north of the bridge shift west against new retaining walls. A concrete pour for the new bridge is also scheduled. Drivers should expect delays on the bridge and Highway 43 throughout the day as crews remove old striping, add new striping, install barriers and fencing. The shift will allow crews to construct the east side of the interchange. Drivers may want to use alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge or SW Terwilliger Blvd. on Wednesday.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 30

Preparing east approach foundation for transition pour Jan 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail: The trail has reopened between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. but trail users may experience short delays during construction of the east approach. Flaggers will direct trail traffic during work near the trail.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. Work next week includes grading, paving and installation of streetlight poles.

February 7 Traffic Change: A major traffic change takes place on Hwy. 43 on Saturday, Feb. 7 when traffic lanes will be shifted west against the new retaining walls north of the bridge. This will be a good day to avoid Hwy. 43, as the contractor will be removing old striping, placing new striping, installing traffic barriers and chain link fence. Work on Friday, Feb. 6 will also impact traffic in this area. The traffic shift will allow the contractor to build the east side of the interchange and relocate a waterline.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 23

Installing girders for southeast ramp, Jan 2015

Installing girders for southeast ramp, Jan 2015

Field Work Update - January 23, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail:  The trail is closed between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. until Jan. 31 while a contractor drills foundation shafts for the abutment of the east approach.  A detour using SE 7th Ave. is in place during the closure.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. On Thursday, Jan. 29 a southbound lane will be closed south of the bridge when light poles are installed behind the retaining walls. 

February 7 Traffic Change:  A major traffic change takes place on Hwy. 43 on Saturday, Feb. 7 when traffic lanes will shift west against the completed retaining walls north of the bridge.  This will be a good day to avoid Hwy. 43, as the contractor will be removing old striping, placing new striping, installing traffic barriers and chain link fence.  The traffic shift will allow the contractor to build the east side of the interchange and relocate a waterline.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 16

Chair Kafoury & staff tour Sellwood Bridge, Jan 2015

Chair Kafoury & staff tour Sellwood Bridge, Jan 2015

Field Work Update - January 16, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail: A section of the trail between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. will be closed for two seeks starting Monday, Jan. 19 when foundation shafts for the abutment are being drilled.  A detour using SE 7th Ave. will be in place during the closure.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. On Tuesday, Jan. 20 a southbound lane will be closed south of the bridge when concrete is poured for light pole foundations.

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Alert: Tacoma St. construction to impact traffic Jan. 14 - 16

Construction for a private residential project will impact traffic on SE Tacoma St. near SE 6th Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 14 - 15 and possibly on January 16. Two traffic lanes on Tacoma St. will be closed during excavation for a sewer line. During work hours flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane on the south side of Tacoma St. This work is not part of the Sellwood Bridge project but it will add to traffic congestion near the bridge. Travelers may want to consider alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge to avoid delays during this work.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 9

Setting rebar cage for east approach foundation

Setting rebar cage for east approach foundation

Field Work Update - January 9, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail: Flaggers will control traffic on the trail under the bridge between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. during work hours the week of Jan. 12 while the drilling contractor accesses the east abutment area.  Trail users may be delayed a few minutes at times.  This section of the trail will be closed for two weeks starting January 19 when the foundation shafts for the abutment are being drilled.  A detour using SE 7th Ave. will be posted during the closure.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. A northbound lane will be closed south of the bridge next week during installation of concrete girders for the southeast ramp, a concrete pour for light pole foundations, earthwork and storm drain installation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 30

Ramp column for west interchange

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. and this Saturday, Jan. 3 between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation.

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