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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 29

The caps of the river pier bents are being stained orange-brown

The caps of the river pier bents are being stained orange-brown

Field Work Notice - April 29, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

May 20 Bridge Closure: A bridge closure is planned from 6 am on Friday, May 20 until as late as 6 am on Saturday, May 21 to allow the contractor to install pre-stressed concrete girders for the north half of the east approach. The closure will impact motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 20

Grading southbound Hwy 43 through lane under bridge

Field Work Notice - April 20, 2016

WEST SIDE WORK

New Bridge and Interchange: In the interchange at the west end of the bridge, concrete was poured this week for the south half of the end panel, where the bridge transitions to land. The parapet wall on the south side of the interchange bridge will be poured this week. The outside girders of the interchange bridge will be stained next week.

Work continues on the two westside interchange ramps. On the southbound ramp from the bridge to Hwy. 43 concrete moment slabs and concrete barrier are being poured. Base paving for the ramp is scheduled late next week. On the north ramp that carries southbound traffic to the bridge, crews are also building a moment slab and overhang and installing conduit for lighting.

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Traffic Alert: Sellwood Bridge has reopened to traffic 4/16

Field Work Update - April 16, 2016

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The Sellwood Bridge reopened to traffic ahead of schedule today at 4:20 pm. The bridge closed this morning so a contractor could set up two cranes on the deck and lower concrete forms that were used to build the deck. The bridge was scheduled to open by Monday, April 18.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 15

Old Sellwood Bridge with concrete removed from deck

Old Sellwood Bridge with concrete removed from deck

Field Work Notice - April 15, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles only from 7 am on Saturday, April 16 to no later than 6 am on Monday, April 18 for construction work. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians, with short delays at times. The closure will allow the contractor to set up two cranes on the bridge deck that will lower falsework from the underside of the deck.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 8

Installing concrete forms for face of Hwy 43 ramp wall

Installing concrete forms for face of Hwy 43 ramp wall

Field Work Notice - April 8, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles only from 7 am on Saturday, April 16 to no later than 6 am on Monday, April 18 for construction work. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians, with short delays at times. The closure will allow the contractor to set up two cranes on the bridge deck that will lower falsework from the underside of the deck.
  • From April 18 – 25, Hwy. 43 will be reduced to one lane in each direction north of the bridge to allow the contractor to remove the median and do grading and paving in preparation for the second through lane under the bridge. The inside lanes need to be closed around the clock during this work.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 1

Field Work Notice - April 1, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles only from 7 am on Saturday, April 16 to no later than 6 am on Monday, April 18 for construction work. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians, with short delays at times. The closure will allow the contractor to set up two cranes on the bridge deck that will lower falsework from the underside of the deck.
  • An outside lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge during off peak hours on weekdays.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 25

Removing railings of old Sellwood Bridge

Removing railings of old Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - March 25, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS 

  • After 9 am on Wednesday, March 30, the contractor will shift the southbound traffic lane from Hwy. 43 at the west end of the bridge to begin a new construction phase. This is a relatively minor change but traffic delays are expected for several hours during the shift.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 18

Concrete deck and railings removed from east end of old bridge

Concrete deck and railings removed from east end of old bridge

Field Work Notice - March 18, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 11

Inspecting truss of detour bridge before removing deck

Inspecting truss of detour bridge before removing deck

Field Work Notice - March 11, 2016

BRIDGE OPENING VIDEOS

If you missed the farewell candlelight walk on February 25 for the old bridge or the opening celebration for the new bridge on February 27, check out the links in this section to watch videos of the events.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 4

Anna Kafoury cuts ribbon to open the new Sellwood Bridge

Anna Kafoury cuts ribbon to open the new Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - March 4, 2016

BRIDGE OPENING

The last week was very eventful for the project.  Several thousand fans of the old bridge turned out for a farewell candlelight walk on February 25, the night it closed forever.  Two days later an estimated 10,000 people turned out to celebrate the opening of the new bridge.  On February 29, the bridge actually opened to traffic. The first morning it was open, a woman drove her pickup truck westbound on the six-foot wide temporary path for bicyclists and pedestrians until it was stopped by the concrete barrier.  It was a strange first day for Portland’s newest Willamette River bridge.  

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
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