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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 26, 2016

Looking south toward west interchange with Sellwood Bridge

Looking south toward west interchange with Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - August 26, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

New Traffic Signals:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed. Adjustments are being made to the new traffic signals at the west end of the bridge to improve traffic flow.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave:  Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can only turn right on SE Tacoma St. now, and only on a green light. On street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.

Westside Trail: Trail users may experience brief delays on Monday, Aug. 29 north of the bridge during some asphalt repair work.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Please note that several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south are closed for repairs through Aug. 31. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 19, 2016

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

Field Work Notice - August 19, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Aug. 19-23 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users from 7 pm on Friday, August 19 until no later than 6 am on Tuesday, August 23. For safety reasons, the bridge sidewalk will also be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians. During the closure crews will remove temporary lane striping, seal the bridge deck, add permanent lane striping, and activate traffic signals at each end of the bridge.  Two major traffic changes will occur when the bridge reopens:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge will be able to turn left at the west end of the bridge to access Hwy. 43 south. Bridge drivers will no longer need to first travel north to the turnaround at Taylors Ferry Road to travel south.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave: The new traffic signal at SE 6th Ave. and SE Tacoma St. will reduce turn movements for northbound traffic on SE 6th, to limit cut-through traffic.  Northbound traffic on 6th must turn right (east) at Tacoma. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th. A new no parking zone will be added to SE 6th Ave. south of Tacoma to accommodate turn movements. See the diagram that shows traffic movements for the new signal.

The alternate routes for motor vehicles during the closure are the Ross Island (north) or Abernethy (south) bridges, via Hwy. 43 or Hwy. 99E. For bicyclists and pedestrians, the alternate routes are the trails on either side of the river north to the Ross Island, Tilikum or Hawthorne bridges.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Please note that several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south will be closed during the Aug. 19-23 Sellwood Bridge closure. Work schedules have been adjusted so that the Sellwood Bridge will be closed on only one commute day (Monday, August 22) when the ODOT ramps are closed.  Expect traffic congestion approaching the Ross Island Bridge from the west on August 22. Alternate routes from the Sellwood Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge include Taylors Ferry/Terwilliger or Boundary/Corbett/Hamilton to Barbur to the Ross Island Bridge. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

Taylors Ferry Turnaround: After the left turn from the Sellwood Bridge to Hwy. 43 opens on Aug. 23, work to remove the temporary turnaround at Taylors Ferry/Hwy. 43 will begin. The turnaround lane is expected to close on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 12, 2016

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

Field Work Notice - August 12, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Saturday, Aug. 13 Bridge Work: From 5 am to as late as 9 pm traffic will be reduced to one lane on the bridge while the contractor removes the last truss section from the detour bridge. Flaggers will keep traffic flowing in each direction, but bridge users should expect delays.

Aug. 19-23 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users from 7 pm on Friday, August 19 until no later than 6 am on Tuesday, August 23. For safety reasons, the bridge sidewalk will also be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians. During the closure crews will seal the bridge deck, remove temporary striping, add permanent lane striping, and activate traffic signals at each end of the bridge.  Two major traffic changes will occur when the bridge reopens:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge will be able to turn left at the west end of the bridge to access Hwy. 43 south. Bridge drivers will no longer need to first travel north to the turnaround at Taylors Ferry Road to travel south.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave: The new traffic signal at SE 6th and SE Tacoma St. will reduce turn movements for northbound traffic on SE 6th, to limit cut-through traffic.  Northbound traffic on 6th must turn right (east) at Tacoma. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th. See the diagram that shows traffic movements for the new signal.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Unfortunately, several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south will be closed during the next Sellwood Bridge closure. Work schedules have been adjusted so that the Sellwood Bridge will be closed on only one commute day (Monday, August 22) when the ODOT ramps are closed.  Expect traffic congestion approaching the Ross Island Bridge from the west on August 22. Alternate routes from the Sellwood Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge include Taylors Ferry/Terwilliger or Boundary/Corbett/Hamilton to Barbur to the Ross Island Bridge. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 5, 2016

Entrance to River View Cemetery from bridge after paving

Entrance to River View Cemetery from bridge after paving

Field Work Notice - August 5, 2016

REMAINING WORK

With construction scheduled to end by Thanksgiving 2016, here’s a look at the schedule for remaining work items. All dates are subject to change:

  • Bridge closure for deck sealing, permanent lane striping: Several days in mid-to-late August (dates TBD)
  • Left turn from bridge to Hwy. 43 south opens: August 29
  • Activate traffic signals at west end of bridge and at SE Tacoma/6th Ave.: August 29
  • Traffic lanes and sidewalk on north side of east approach open: August 24
  • In-water work (remove detour bridge, piles, fenders, work bridges) ends: October 31
  • South sidewalk of bridge opens: November 16
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - July 30, 2016

The Sellwood Bridge will reopen to all traffic modes no later than 7:30 pm tonight, Saturday, July 30.  The bridge has been closed since Thursday morning while the contractor paved the approaches to the bridge and the ramps of the Highway 43 interchange at the west end of the bridge.  A crane was also positioned on the new bridge to lift several sections of the old bridge and set them onto a river barge.  The bridge was originally scheduled to reopen to traffic on Sunday morning, but the contractor was able to complete work ahead of schedule.

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – July 28, 2016

Old Sellwood truss sections and river piles on barges

Old Sellwood truss sections and river piles on barges

Field Work Notice - July 28, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is closed to all users from 6 am on Thursday, July 28 until no later than 6 am on Sunday, July 31 due to paving and other work.  The Ross Island and I-205 Abernethy bridges are alternate crossings, while bicyclists and pedestrians can use the Tilikum Crossing and Hawthorne bridges. Highway 43 remains open. During the closure, the City of Portland will pave SE Tacoma St. between SE 6th Ave. and SE 17th Ave.

Cemetery Entrance: The entrance to historic River View Cemetery from Highway 43 at the west end of the Sellwood Bridge will be paved the night of July 29. Bicyclists and pedestrians can use the entrance to access the Westside regional trail north of the bridge while the bridge is closed. The entrance is closed to motor vehicles until Monday, August 1. Motor vehicles can enter the cemetery from SW Taylors Ferry Road or SW Boones Ferry Road.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – July 15, 2016

Work on cap column for bike-ped bridge under Sellwood Bridge

Work on cap column for bike-ped bridge under Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - July 15, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18.  The closure is needed for a concrete pour and cure for the deck of the east approach. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge is open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The Ross Island and I-205 Abernethy bridges are alternate crossings. During the closure, the City of Portland will close a lane of SE Tacoma St. between SE 6th Ave. and SE 17th Ave. to grind asphalt in preparation for a paving project this summer.

Highway 43 Lane Closures: Lanes north of the bridge are closed around the clock while the contractor rebuilds lanes in preparation for final paving. Paving of the lanes and bridge ramps is planned in late July. Night paving (7 pm to 6 am) is planned Thursday, July 21 on the southbound ramp from Hwy. 43 to the bridge and on July 22, 25-27 on Highway 43 north of the bridge.  

Cemetery Entrance Closure: The entrance to historic River View Cemetery from Highway 43 at the west end of the Sellwood Bridge is closed to motor vehicles only until Thursday, July 21, weather permitting, due to construction of a new entrance. The closure will allow the contractor to build curbs, sidewalks and the new driveway, and grade and pave a public parking lot for users of Powers Marine Park. Cemetery users should enter from SW Taylors Ferry Road or SW Boones Ferry Road. The entrance from Highway 43 is open to bicyclists and pedestrians during cemetery business hours.

July 28-31 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users for four days to allow the contractor to pave the Tacoma St. approach to the bridge, the westside interchange ramps and the through lanes of Highway 43.  Highway 43 will remain open.

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Street improvements on SE Tacoma Street from SE 6th Avenue to SE 17th Avenue, July 14-18

Traffic Advisory from PBOT

PBOT Contact

Dylan Rivera
503-823-3723 
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:
(July 11, 2016) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Tacoma Street from SE 6th Avenue to SE 17th Avenue on Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind 2.2 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date. Both grinding and paving are being coordinated with the Sellwood Bridge closures to alleviate heavy traffic delays.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – July 8, 2016

Columns for bicycle-pedestrian bridge rise south of Sellwood Bridge

Columns for bicycle-pedestrian bridge rise south of Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - July 8, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to be closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18.  The closure is needed during the concrete pour and cure for the seam down the center of the east approach deck. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The Ross Island and I-205 Abernethy bridges are alternate crossings during the closure.

Highway 43 Lane Closures: Lanes north of the bridge are closed at off-peak hours next week during preparation for final paving and other work. This week the contractor removed sidewalk on the east side, placed concrete curbs, and installed conduit for traffic loops on the ramp from southbound Hwy. 43 to the bridge. Next week the contractor will remove the highway median near the old Macadam Bay entrance and grade this area to prepare for final paving in late July.

Westside Trail: The regional trail between the west end of the bridge and SW Miles Place has opened and the old path along the east shoulder of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors has closed. Trail users need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road north of the bridge.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: WESTSIDE TRAIL OPENS TUESDAY, JULY 5

Traffic Alert - July 5, 2016

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Westside regional trail diagram 
Westside regional trail diagram 

Westside regional trail diagrams

The regional trail between the west end of the Sellwood Bridge and SW Miles Place opened Tuesday, July 5. With the opening of this new offroad trail, the old path along the east shoulder of Highway 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors will close. The contractor will remove the sidewalk south of Freeman Motors and construct a new curb.

Users of the new trail will need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road just north of the bridge. There is also four-way stop where the trail intersects with the Macadam Bay driveway.

The trail leads to SW Miles Place, where it connects with a section through Willamette Park to the north. Please use caution on SW Miles Place where the trail alignment follows a residential street. The trail is open in Willamette Park during a current Portland Water Bureau construction project, except for a section that will eventually connect with SW Nevada Street. The regional trail leads north to downtown Portland.

Download two diagrams that show the new section of trail in more detail.


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