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Revised paving schedule for Sellwood Bridge work

Construction Notice - August 27, 2015

The Sellwood Bridge contractor has revised the paving schedule for this weekend, due to a forecast for rain. Paving is planned for the multi-use path north of the bridge (off the highway) and on new through lanes of Hwy. 43 south of the bridge.

Here is the revised schedule:

  • Friday, Aug. 28: Pave the multi-use path between the bridge and Macadam Bay driveway. Asphalt trucks will entering and exit the work zone during daytime hours.
  • Saturday-Sunday, Aug. 29-30: No paving.
  • Monday-Tuesday, Aug. 31-Sept. 1 (weather permitting): Pave new Hwy. 43 through lanes south of bridge during daytime hours. Northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane south of the bridge.

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for August 27

Retaining walls and onramp in trolley-trail corridor

Retaining walls and onramp in trolley-trail corridor

Field Work Notice - August 27, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43: 

  • A northbound lane is closed north of the bridge between 9 am and 3 pm on weekdays.
  • A southbound lane is closed at times on weekdays north and south of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm.
  • Road and trail paving are planned August 28 – 30 (weather permitting) south and north of the bridge. From Friday morning until Sunday evening, northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane south of the bridge.  Rain is forecast for the weekend. An update will be sent out if the weekend work is postponed.
  • The bicycle/pedestrian path between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway will be re-routed on Monday, August 31 down to the newly paved path along the trolley line. The detour, which includes switchbacks, will be in place several weeks while a retaining wall along the east side of Hwy. 43 is demolished. Flaggers will direct traffic at the Macadam Bay driveway and at the south end where trail users travel near road and construction traffic.
  • Double lane closures are scheduled north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am Monday to Wednesday, August 31 – September 2 during final installation of wire rock fall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for August 21

Hwy 43 through lanes to be paved south of bridge

Hwy 43 through lanes to be paved south of bridge

Field Work Notice - August 21, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43: 

  • A northbound lane will be closed north of the bridge between 9 am and 3 pm on weekdays at times for the next week
  • A southbound lane will be closed at times on weekdays north and south of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm
  • A major road paving project is planned August 28 – 30 south of the bridge. From Friday morning until Sunday evening, northbound traffic will be reduced to one lane south of the bridge. 
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Traffic Alert: Upcoming lane closure

August 19, 2015

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Drivers should expect delays crossing the Sellwood Bridge on Thursday, August 20 from 9:30 am to 2 pm, due to construction activity at the east end of the bridge. Flaggers will direct traffic in one open lane during the work.  Travelers can avoid delays by using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for August 13

Backfilling Stephens Creek culvert for new driveway

Backfilling Stephens Creek culvert for new driveway

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43: 

  • A northbound lane will be closed north of the bridge on Monday, August 17 from 9 am to 3 pm during a concrete pour for the deck of the northeast ramp from the bridge to Hwy 43. Concrete trucks will exit the Macadam Bay driveway onto Hwy. 43, where a flagger will direct traffic.
  • A daytime single lane closure on Hwy. 43 (southbound) is planned from 7 am - 4 pm on weekdays next week.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for August 6

Preparing for paving the south side of Tacoma at 6th Ave

Preparing for paving the south side of Tacoma at 6th Ave

Field Work Notice - August 6, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43: 

  • Night work on Hwy. 43 is postponed until the end of August.  The contractor will need 3 - 4 more nights to finish installation of the rockfall netting.
  • On Friday, Aug. 7 a concrete pour is scheduled to start at 6 am for the deck of the northeast ramp from the bridge to Hwy 43. Crews will arrive at 5 am. During the day 30 concrete trucks will exit the Macadam Bay driveway onto Hwy. 43, where a flagger will direct traffic.
  • A daytime single lane closure on Hwy. 43 (northbound, north of bridge) is scheduled Monday, Aug. 10, from 9 am to 3pm.
  • A daytime single lane closure on Hwy. 43 (southbound) is planned from 7 am - 4 pm on weekdays next week.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave:  SE 6th Ave. will be closed on the south side of SE Tacoma St. during paving on Friday, Aug. 7.  The road will close before the morning commute and reopen by 5 pm.  SE 7th is the detour.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for July 30

Removing old asphalt at 6th & Tacoma

Removing old asphalt at 6th & Tacoma

Field Work Notice - July 30, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43: 

  • Double lane closures continue north of the bridge next week from 7 pm – 6 am Monday through Thursday for installation of rockfall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.
  • One northbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • One southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays from 7 am to 4 pm.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave:  SE 6th Ave. is closed on the south side of Tacoma until late Friday afternoon, July 31 during reconstruction of the intersection.  SE 7th, 8th, and 9th Avenues are alternate routes.  SE 6th Ave. is accessible from SE Tenino, one block south of Tacoma.   From 10 am on Monday, August 3 until late afternoon on Friday, August 7, no left turns will be permitted at the 6th and Tacoma intersection, due to paving in the middle of the intersection. 6th Ave. traffic will be unable to cross Tacoma St. during the week. On Monday, August 3, crews will move concrete barriers near the intersection starting at 3 am to prepare for asphalt grinding starting at 7 am.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for July 23

Excavating old lanes of Hwy 43 south of bridge

Field Work Notice - July 23, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43:

  • Double lane closures continue north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am Monday through Thursday for installation of rockfall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.
  • One northbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • One southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays from 7 am to 4 pm.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave: SE 6th Ave. will be closed on the south side of Tacoma from 5 am on Monday, July 27 until no later than 4 pm on Friday, July 31 during reconstruction of the intersection. SE 7th will be the alternate route during the closure and access to SE 6th Ave. will be available from SE Tenino, one block south of Tacoma. The closure will impact motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians. SE 8th and SE 9th Avenues are also good alternate routes.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for July 17

Many types of retaining walls taking shape north of the bridge

Many types of retaining walls taking shape north of the bridge

Field Work Notice - July 17, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43:

  • The outside northbound lane of Highway 43 from the Macadam Bay driveway to south of SW Taylors Ferry Road will be closed from 9 a.m. on Friday, July 17 until as late as 3 p.m. on Tuesday, July 21 for construction of the new shared driveway Freeman Motors and Macadam Bay. Northbound drivers should expect delays, especially during the Monday morning commute.
  • Double lane closures continue north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am Monday through Thursday for installation of wire rockfall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave: Reconstruction of the south lanes of Tacoma and the south side of the 6th and Tacoma intersection has begun. A closure of SE 6th Ave. on the south side of Tacoma is planned from July 27 – 31 to excavate old asphalt and base, install conduit for the new traffic signal and paving. SE 7th will be the alternate route during the closure and access to SE 6th Ave. will be available from SE Tenino, one block south of Tacoma.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for July 10

Installing bolts on river span 3.

Installing bolts on river span 3.

Field Work Notice - July 10, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43:  Double lane closures continue north of the bridge from 7 pm – 6 am Monday through Thursday for installation of wire rockfall netting on the hillside north of the retaining walls.

SE Tacoma and 6th Ave: This week traffic shifted onto the new traffic lanes on the north side of Tacoma between 6th Ave. and the bridge.  Reconstruction of the south lanes of Tacoma and the south side of the intersection has begun. A closure of SE 6th Ave. at Tacoma will be needed for one week later in July for installation of conduit for the new traffic signal and paving. SE 7th will be the alternate route during the closure and access to SE 6th Ave. will be available from SE Tenino, one block south of Tacoma.

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