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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Oct. 16

Concrete pour at east river pier, wide

Concrete pour at east river pier, wide

Field Work Update - October 16, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

Saturday lane closures:  During the day on Saturday, Oct. 18 the contractor will close lanes on Hwy. 43 north of the bridge during drilling for tie-back anchors for the west retaining walls. One lane will remain open in each direction during the work.

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will also be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights, as early as Oct. 20 through 30 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Oct. 10

East Tacoma Paving

East Tacoma Paving

Field Work Update - October 10, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

New Waterline: This week the contractor will be excavating the east side of Hwy 43 in preparation for round the clock installation of a new waterline the following week. Traffic will be shifted slightly to the west.

Sellwood Bridge delays:  Motorists should expect delays on the Sellwood Bridge as concrete trucks access Tacoma and Spokane streets from 6 a.m. October 16 through early evening October 17 for a 36 hour continuous concrete pour for Bent 5.  The public is encouraged to find alternate routes during this time period.

Weekend work: Crews will be working next few Saturdays on the NW retaining walls.  Double lane closures will be necessary.  Please use caution when traveling through the area.

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Sellwood Bridge construction traffic alert for Oct. 8

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Sellwood Bridge construction is expected to impact traffic on the bridge and SE Tacoma St. on Wednesday, Oct. 8, from 9 a.m. until as late as 3 p.m. One of the two traffic lanes will be closed at the east end of the bridge while crews complete the repair of an expansion joint in the deck. (This work was re-scheduled for Oct. 8.) Flaggers will direct two-way traffic on the open lane. Additional truck traffic is also expected on Wednesday at the east end of the bridge, due to paving work on the new east approach. Travelers can avoid delays by using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for October 3

Bird's eye view of west river pier concrete pour

Bird's eye view of west river pier concrete pour

Field Work Update - October 3, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Lane Closures Oct. 6 – 7:  One lane will be closed near the east end of the bridge on Monday and Tuesday from 9 a.m. until as late as 4 p.m. while crews replace an expansion joint in the bridge deck. Flaggers will direct two-way traffic in the open lane.  This work will slow traffic, so bridge users should consider using alternate routes to avoid delays.

Tacoma Paving on Oct. 8:  The closed south side of Tacoma is scheduled to be paved on Wednesday, Oct. 8 between SE 6th Ave. and the bridge.  This work will increase truck traffic near the east end of the bridge.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.  On weekdays through Oct. 7 a third party contractor is installing a fiber optic line under a closed traffic lane south of the bridge (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 26

Close-up of 300,000 lb concrete piece

Close-up of 300,000 lb concrete piece

Field Work Update - September 26, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.  On weekdays through Oct. 3 a third party contractor is installing a fiber optic line under a closed traffic lane south of the bridge (from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.).

Tacoma Street:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed the left turn from eastbound Tacoma to northbound at SE 6th Ave.  Left turns can be made at SE 7th Ave.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for September 19

Tacoma St excavation 9-19-2014

Tacoma St excavation 9-19-2014

Field Work Update - September 19, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.  On weekdays from Sept. 23 – Oct. 1, a third party contractor will be installing a fiber optic line under a closed traffic lane south of the bridge from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tacoma Street:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed the left turn from eastbound Tacoma to northbound at SE 6th Ave.  Traffic control now allows eastbound travelers to turn left at SE 7th.  The south side of Tacoma is scheduled to be paved on September 25th, but traffic will not use that section until the new bridge opens.

Oktoberfest: Traffic in the project area may be heavier than normal Sept. 19 – 21 during the annual Oktoberfest celebration at Oaks Park.  Allow a bit more travel time during the event.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Sept. 12

Bent 1 forms

Bent 1 forms

Field Work Update - September 12, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weeknight traffic impacts:  A reminder that Hwy. 43 lanes will be closed Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next several weeks during drilling work. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane. Travelers should expect delays during this night work.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

Tacoma St. traffic changes:  Reminder - Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed left turns from eastbound Tacoma to northbound SE 6th Ave. and SE 7th Ave. Eastbound travelers should use SE 9th Ave. as the detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change is in effect until the new bridge opens.  The south side of Tacoma will be paved later this month.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for September 5

Preparing eastside river pier for concrete pour

Preparing eastside river pier for concrete pour

Field Work Update - September 5, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 weeknight traffic impacts:  A reminder that Hwy. 43 lanes will be closed Monday to Friday from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. the next several weeks during drilling work. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane. Travelers should expect delays during this night work.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

Tacoma St. traffic changes:  Construction of the south side of the new bridge east approach has closed left turns from eastbound Tacoma to northbound SE 6th Ave. and SE 7th Ave. Eastbound travelers should use SE 9th Ave. as the detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change is in effect until the new bridge opens.  The south side of Tacoma will be paved later this month.

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Sellwood Bridge field notice for August 29

Field Work Update - August 29, 2014

Note: Work will be suspended August 30-September 1 to observe Labor Day

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Tacoma St. change on Sept. 2:  Construction of the new bridge east approach will impact traffic starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. The left turn from eastbound Tacoma to northbound SE 6th Ave. will close after the Tuesday morning rush hour as the widening of Tacoma St. to the south begins. Travelers should use SE 9th Ave. as the detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change will remain in effect until the new bridge opens.  The south side of Tacoma will be paved later this month.

Spokane Street Parking: There will be a “No Parking” Zone established on September 4-5 from 8:00am – 5:00pm on the north curb line of Spokane from Oaks Park Way down to the river, to pothole for utilities.  At no time will driveways or streets be closed.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls. 

Hwy 43 weeknight traffic impacts:  Crews will be drilling at night for 3 weeks, Monday-Friday, beginning on September 2, from 7 p.m. to 5 a.m.  Flaggers will control traffic. Travelers should expect multiple lane closures, flagger directing traffic and delays during this overnight work.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 22

Retaining wall for interchange ramp

Retaining wall for interchange ramp

Field Work Update - August 22, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Westside work on August 25:  After the morning commute on Monday, the lanes of Hwy. 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge will be shifted to the west toward the new retaining walls (see photo).  This will allow crews to build the east side of the new interchange.  Expect traffic delays after 9 a.m. while crews move barricades, apply lane striping, and adjust overhead lights.  Motorists can avoid delays by using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge or SW Terwilliger Blvd.

Tacoma St. change on Sept. 2:  Construction at the east end of the project will impact traffic starting Tuesday, Sept. 2. The left turn lane from eastbound Tacoma to 6th Ave. will close after the morning rush hour as the widening of Tacoma St. to the south begins.  9th Ave. is the recommended detour to Spokane St.  This traffic change will remain in effect until the new bridge opens.

Hwy. 43 weekday lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor builds westside retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during excavation and ground anchor installation for the retaining walls.

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