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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for February 5

Excavating for southbound Hwy 43 ramp to bridge

Excavating for southbound Hwy 43 ramp to bridge

Field Work Notice - February 5, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic on Tuesday, March 1 by 6 am. The detour bridge will close to all traffic (motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians) for four days beginning Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm. The closure will allow the contractor to dismantle the jump span between the bridges and set up the next traffic stage.   
  • 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 January 28

Handrail installed on north parapet wall

Handrail installed on north parapet wall

Field Work Notice - January 28, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • This week the southbound Hwy. 43 onramp to the Sellwood Bridge was shifted west. The shift allows the contractor to build the east half of the ramp and the second through lane under the bridge. Be alert for construction work in this area.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
  • The new bridge is scheduled to open to traffic on Tuesday, March 1 by 6 am. The detour bridge will close to all traffic (motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians) for four days beginning Thursday, February 25 at 7 pm. The closure will allow the contractor to dismantle the jump span between the bridges and set up the next traffic stage.   
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for January 22

Pouring concrete for north parapet wall

Pouring concrete for north parapet wall

Field Work Notice - posted January 23, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • On Monday, January 25 the contractor will shift southbound traffic approaching the bridge west against the retaining wall. This will allow the contractor to build the east half of the ramp and the second through lane under the bridge.  Expect southbound traffic delays on Monday before 4 pm during the traffic change.
  • 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 January 14

Creating construction entrance at east end of bridge

Creating construction entrance at east end of bridge

Field Work Notice - January 14, 2016

BRIDGE OPENING DATE

The contractor plans to open the new bridge to traffic on Tuesday, March 1 by 6 am. The detour bridge will close to all traffic for four days beginning on Thursday, February 25 starting at 7 pm. The closure will allow the contractor to dismantle the jump span between the bridges and set up the next traffic stage. 

A community celebration is planned on the new bridge from noon to 4 pm on Saturday, February 27. All are invited.  More event details will be announced in the next few weeks.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • A Highway 43 traffic change is tentatively scheduled for Monday, January 25 (weather permitting).  On that day southbound traffic approaching the bridge from the north will be shifted west against the retaining wall. This will allow the contractor to build the east half of the ramp and the second through lane under the bridge.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
  • The west-side detour for bicyclists and pedestrians extends north along the east shoulder or sidewalk of SW Macadam St. to SW Nebraska St., due to construction for an unrelated Water Bureau project in Willamette Park.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for January 7

New Sellwood Bridge view from the south

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • A construction entrance has been added at the east end of the bridge. Barricades and traffic control devices can be moved when trucks enter the work zone. This is a construction entrance only, so be cautious of construction vehicles entering and exiting on the bridge.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge between 7 am and 4 pm on weekdays.
  • The outside northbound lane of Hwy. 43 will be closed north of the bridge on Friday, January 8 from 9 am to 4 pm for a concrete pour.
  • On Wednesday January 13, a southbound lane of Hwy 43 north of the Miles Place/Taylors Ferry intersection will be closed from 9 am to 4 pm for storm drain work.
  • The westside detour for bicyclists and pedestrians extends north along the east shoulder or sidewalk of SW Macadam St. to SW Nebraska St., due to construction for an unrelated Water Bureau project in Willamette Park.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for December 30

Green wall at Stephens Creek & Macadam Bay driveway.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Now that the deck of the new bridge is complete, a construction entrance will be added at the east end of the bridge. Expect minor traffic delays between 9 am and 4 pm on Jan. 6 when the entrance is added. Concrete barriers will be replaced with barricades that can be moved when trucks enter the work zone. This is a construction entrance only, so be cautious of construction vehicles entering and exiting on the bridge. The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for December 23

Scoring pattern on new bridge sidewalk

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for December 17

Installing storm drain to east side bioswale

Field Work Notice - December 17, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The northbound lane of Hwy. 43 now uses the new interchange ramps and the southbound through lane travels under the new bridge (see article on project website). This will continue until summer 2016. Southbound traffic uses the right outside lane to access the bridge (not the left lane as before). The left lane is used for through traffic (Portland to Lake Oswego). “No turn on red” signs have been added at the interchange to reduce conflicts between motor vehicles and crosswalk users.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for December 10

Plastic visquine is set down after concrete deck pours for temperature control and rain protection

Plastic visquine is set down after concrete deck pours for temperature control and rain protection.

Field Work Update - Posted December 11, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The northbound lane of Hwy. 43 now uses the new interchange ramps and the southbound through lane travels under the new bridge (see article).  This will continue until summer 2016. Southbound traffic uses the right outside lane to access the bridge (not the left lane as before). The left lane is used for through traffic (Portland to Lake Oswego).  “No turn on red” signs have been added at the interchange to reduce conflicts between motor vehicles and crosswalk users.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
  • Other Projects: The west side detour for bicycles and pedestrians has been extended along the west sidewalk of SW Macadam Ave. north from SW Nevada St. to SW Nebraska St., due to a Portland Water Bureau project in Willamette Park.  At Nebraska St. bicyclists and pedestrians can rejoin the regional trail. The detour will be in place until the project is completed next spring.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for December 4

View of bridge from the west

View of bridge from the west

Field Work Update - December 4, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • A major traffic change was made to the Hwy. 43 interchange with the bridge in November. The northbound lane of Hwy. 43 now uses the new interchange ramps and the southbound through lane travels under the new bridge (see article on project website).  This will continue until summer 2016. Southbound traffic uses the right outside lane to access the bridge (not the left lane as before). The left lane is used for through traffic (Portland to Lake Oswego). Drivers should check crosswalks in the intersection before turning right on red to avoid conflicts with pedestrians and bicyclists.
  • A concrete deck pour is scheduled to begin at 3 am Saturday, Dec. 5 with  trucks accessing the work zone from SE Tacoma St. and SE Spokane St.
  • The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed north of the bridge from 7 am to 4 pm on weekdays.
  • Other Projects: The west side detour for bicycles and pedestrians has been extended along the west sidewalk of SW Macadam Ave. north from SW Nevada St. to SW Nebraska St., due to a Portland Water Bureau project in Willamette Park.  At Nebraska St. bicyclists and pedestrians can rejoin the regional trail. The detour is in place until the project is completed next spring.
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