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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 24

Curve in west approach transition to detour bridge

Curve in west approach transition to detour bridge

Field Work Notice - April 24, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

New Traffic Pattern on West Approach: The bridge reopened at midnight last Saturday, more than a day ahead of schedule, after the contractor shifted traffic onto the west end of the new approach. Bicyclists and pedestrians can now cross Hwy. 43 more easily. The timing of the traffic signal was adjusted after some initial traffic delays on Monday afternoon. Drivers experience a new curve at the west end of the bridge, so remember to travel under the 25 mph speed limit (see photo).

Tacoma Street:  Flaggers direct traffic near 6th Ave. and Tacoma St. when construction trucks are accessing the work zone on the north side of Tacoma St.

Hwy. 43 Lane Closures: Southbound lane closures are expected next week north of the bridge before 4 pm.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 17

Center arch span with flasework April 2015

Field Work Notice - April 17, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

April 17 – 20 Bridge Closure: The bridge will be closed to all traffic (including bicyclists and pedestrians) from 7 pm on Friday, April 17 until as late as 6 am on Monday, April 20 while the contractor changes the traffic pattern at the west end of the bridge to prepare for the next phase of work. When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new west approach, which will transition onto the detour bridge. This will allow construction of the ramp from the bridge to northbound Hwy. 43. Highway traffic will not be impacted by the bridge closure.

During the closure, Tacoma St. will be closed to through traffic at 7th Ave., due to work at 6th Ave. and Tacoma St. Tacoma St. can always be crossed at SE 7th Ave.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 10

View of center arch install from John Hall's kayak

View of center arch install from John Hall's kayak

TRAFFIC ALERTS

April 17 – 20 Bridge Closure: The contractor plans to close the bridge to all traffic from 7 pm on Friday, April 17 until as late as 6 am on Monday, April 20 to implement a traffic pattern change at the west end of the bridge and install pre-cast concrete deck girders for the east approach.  When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new west approach which will transition onto the detour bridge. This will allow construction of the ramp from the bridge to northbound Hwy. 43. Highway traffic will not be impacted by the bridge closure. The contractor will complete the transition structure from the detour bridge to the new west approach this week.

During the closure, Tacoma St. will be closed to through traffic at 7th Ave., due to work at 6th Ave. and Tacoma and staging for the girder installation. Tacoma St. can always be crossed at SE 7th Ave.

Hwy. 43 Lane Closures: Lane closures in both directions are planned all next week south of the bridge from 9 am to 4 pm during installation of storm drain pipe across Hwy 43. North of the bridge, the outside southbound lane will be closed during the week from 7 am to 4 pm during work on drainage structures on the slope above the retaining walls.

Springwater Trail:  The trail will be closed for a few minutes at a time on Wednesday, April 15 under the bridge. Flaggers will direct traffic when the trail is closed.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 3

Light installation on spans 1 and 2.

Light installation on spans 1 and 2.

Field Work Notice - April 3, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

April 17 – 20 Bridge Closure: The contractor plans to close the bridge to all traffic from 7 pm on Friday, April 17 until as late as 6 am on Monday, April 20 to implement a traffic pattern change at the west end of the bridge and install deck girders for the east approach.  When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new west approach which will transition onto the detour bridge. This will allow construction of the ramp from the bridge to northbound Hwy. 43. Highway traffic will not be impacted by the bridge closure.

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts: Lane closures are planned from 7am to 4 pm next week in the southbound outside lane north and south of the bridge during finish work on retaining walls and installation of gutters behind the walls (see photo). Thursday and Friday of this week crews will be placing a drain across Hwy 43. Work will start at 9 am and will affect both northbound and southbound traffic south of the bridge on Hwy 43.

Tacoma Street:  Work to widen and rebuild the south side of SE Tacoma St. between SE 6th Avenue and the bridge begins Monday.  There will be some shifts to traffic lanes and pedestrian/bicycle routes in the next few months as a result of this work. A temporary “no parking zone” will be established on April 20th on the south side of Tacoma from 6th Avenue east to realign eastbound traffic. There will be intermittent construction traffic on SE Grand Avenue between Spokane St. & SE Tacoma St.  In addition, Portland Water Bureau will start Monday on waterline work on Tacoma St.  This work will continue for a few weeks.

The Springwater Trail between SE Umatilla St. & SE Spokane St. will be closed on Wednesday (4/8) and Thursday (4/9) from 7:30am – 4:00pm for Bent 11 construction activity. Flaggers will assist cyclists and pedestrians

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 27

Installing rebar for crossbeam on east approach, 3-2015

Installing rebar for crossbeam on east approach, 3-2015

Field Work Notice - March 27, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

April 17 – 20 Bridge Closure: The contractor plans to close the bridge to all traffic from 7 pm on Friday, April 17 until as late as 6 am on Monday, April 20 to implement a traffic pattern change at the west end of the bridge and install deck girders for the east approach.  When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new west approach which will transition onto the detour bridge. This will allow construction of the ramp from the bridge to northbound Hwy. 43. Highway traffic will not be impacted by the bridge closure.

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts:

  • Lane closures are planned from 9 am to 4 pm next week in the southbound outside lane north and south of the bridge during finish work on retaining walls and installation of gutters behind the walls.
  • The outside northbound lane will be closed next week from 7 am to 4 pm between the bridge and Freeman Motors during work to connect the new 36-inch waterline.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 20

Arch segments installed in sequence, 3-2015

Arch segments installed in sequence, 3-2015

Field Work Notice - March 20, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

April Bridge Closure: The contractor plans to close the bridge to all traffic from 7 pm on Friday, April 17 until as late as 6 am on Monday, April 20 to implement a traffic pattern change at the west end of the bridge.  When the bridge reopens on April 20, traffic will use the new west approach which will transition onto the detour bridge. This will allow construction of the ramp from the bridge to northbound Hwy. 43. Highway traffic will not be impacted by the weekend bridge closure.

Bridge delays on March 24:  Sellwood Bridge traffic will be delayed at times on Tuesday between 9 am and 4 pm during installation of heavy steel segments for one of the arch spans. Delays of up to 20 minutes (including sidewalks) may be needed. Bridge users may want to consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts:

  • Lane closures are planned from 9 am to 4 pm next week in the southbound outside lane south of the bridge during finish work on the concrete walls.
  • The outside northbound lane will be closed next week from 7 am to 4 pm north of the bridge during work to connect the new 36-inch waterline.

Springwater Trail:  The trail will be closed under the bridge from 7:30 am to 4 pm Wednesday to Friday, March 25 – 27 during work on the east abutment wall.  Flaggers will direct trail users to the alternate route on SE 7th Ave. where a crosswalk crosses SE Tacoma St.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 13

Span 2 deck concrete pour

Span 2 deck concrete pour

Field Work Notice - March 13, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge traffic delays:  Sellwood Bridge traffic will be delayed at times on Monday, March 16 between 9 am and 4 pm during installation of heavy steel arch segments for the east span of the new bridge.  Delays of up to 20 minutes (including sidewalks) may be needed during installation. Bridge users may want to consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts:

  • Lane closures are planned next week in the southbound outside lane north of the bridge during finish work on the concrete walls.
  • Lane closures are planned next week for northbound traffic south of the bridge during installation of large concrete blocks for a new retaining wall.

Springwater Trail:  On Saturday morning, March 14 the trail will be closed under the bridge during installation of panels for the east abutment wall.  Signs will direct trail users to the alternate route.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 6

Setting rebar for east approach crossbeam

Setting rebar for east approach crossbeam

Field Work Notice - March 6, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge traffic delays:  Sellwood Bridge traffic will be delayed at times March 9 – 11 during installation of heavy steel arch segments for the east span of the new bridge.  Delays of up to 20 minutes (including sidewalks) may be needed at these times: Monday from 12 – 4 pm; Tuesday from 9 am to noon; Wednesday from 9 to 4 pm. Bridge users may want to consider alternate routes to avoid delays.

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts:

  • Lane closures are expected next week in the southbound outside lane north of the bridge during finish work on the concrete walls.
  • Lane closures are expected next week for northbound traffic south of the bridge during delivery and installation of large concrete blocks for a new retaining wall.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for February 27

Moment slab along edge of southeast ramp

Field Work Notice - February 27, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 traffic impacts: Lane closures are expected next week in the southbound outside lane north and south of the bridge to install street light poles, traffic signal poles and aerial spans. A new traffic signal is being set up for the next traffic stage in May. That stage will shift traffic onto the west end of the new bridge, to allow the northbound ramp to be built.

South of the bridge the outside northbound lane will be closed at times next week when large concrete blocks will be offloaded and installed for a retaining wall on the southeast ramp.

A major concrete pour is planned on Wednesday, March 4 for the deck of Span 2, with increased concrete truck deliveries that day.

North of the bridge, trail and motor vehicle traffic may experience brief delays due to waterline work along the east edge of Hwy. 43. Flaggers will direct trail traffic at times.

Spokane Street/6th Ave. Parking: A no parking zone will be established on March 5 – 6 at locations along SE 6th Ave. near SE Spokane St. and on Spokane between 6th Ave. and SE Oaks Parkway. The parking spaces need to be closed on days when large construction cranes will be delivered for erection of the east side steel arch span.

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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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