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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - September 23, 2016

Goats removing blackberries along trail near Sellwood Bridge.

Goats removing blackberries along trail near Sellwood Bridge.

Field Work Notice - September 23, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Sellwood Bridge closure Sunday: The bridge will be closed to motor vehicles only from 5 am on Sunday, Sept. 25 until no later than 6 am on Monday, Sept. 26 to allow the contractor to seal the deck of the west end of the bridge. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians. If the work cannot be completed Sunday, the bridge may be closed Monday night after 7 pm. An update will be sent out if a Monday night closure is needed.
  • Hwy 43 Night Work Sept. 26-27: Night work is planned on Monday and Tuesday, Sept. 26-27 to grind and repave Hwy. 43 traffic lanes south of the bridge. Drivers should expect delays after 7 pm.
  • Lane striping on Hwy. 43 Sept. 29-30: One lane will be closed in each direction during off-peak hours on Hwy. 43 to replace lane striping at the north and south ends of the project. Expect delays.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave. traffic signal: Please note that northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can only turn right at the new signal at SE Tacoma St. Police traffic enforcement has been requested because many northbound drivers are making illegal left turns.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – September 16, 2016

A herd of goats are clearing blackberries along the eastside river bank

A herd of goats are clearing blackberries along the eastside river bank

Field Work Notice - September 16, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Bridge closure for night work on Hwy. 43 interchange: The deck of the west end of the bridge, above Hwy. 43, will be sealed like the rest of the bridge. This work will be done at night as soon as Sept. 19, weather permitting, with flaggers directing traffic. The work could take three nights to complete. Night time bridge closures may be required on Sept. 22 and 23. The project will send out a field work notice and update the website when the closures are confirmed.
  • Sept. 22 night work on Hwy. 43: Lane closures will be needed Thursday night during installation of a large sign that cantilevers over traffic lanes. The work may be scheduled later, based on the subcontractor’s schedule.
  • Hwy. 43 traffic signal: The Portland Bureau of Transportation is aware of congestion related to the new traffic signal at the west end of the bridge and is making adjustments to improve flow.  Please do not block the intersection for other turn movements after the light turns red.  Portland Transportation staff are studying traffic patterns and will refine the signal timing in the short term and after permanent striping is in place.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave. traffic signal: Please note that northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can only turn right at the new signal at SE Tacoma St. Police traffic enforcement has been requested because many northbound drivers are making illegal left turns.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – September 9, 2016

Field Work Notice - September 9, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Bridge Deck work: The contractor will be closing one lane of the Sellwood Bridge on Saturday night 9/10) and Monday night (9/12) from 7 pm to 6 am (both nights) to seal the bridge deck.  Flaggers will be directing traffic through a single lane.  Consider other travel routes if you need to cross the river during these nights.
  • Bridge Traffic Shift: After the bridge deck is sealed,westbound bridge traffic will be moved north, currently scheduled for Tuesday Sept. 13.  Please be alert when driving through this new traffic stage.  This traffic phase will straighten out the existing curve near the east end of the span.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave signal: Traffic on Tacoma is allowed to turn left on to 6th. Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can ONLY turn right onto eastbound SE Tacoma St. now, and ONLY on a green light. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.  There have been a number of vehicles seen going straight through the signal or turning left onto the bridge.  IMPORTANT- Portland police will be monitoring this area and may cite those violating the right turn only.

On-street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons.

  • Signal Adjustments:  With the new signal in at the west end of the bridge, there has been some additional congestion on onramps entering the bridge from Hwy 43.  PBOT engineers are making many incremental adjustments to the signals at the west end of the bridge to determine optimal timing to reduce congestion.  Factored in are the impacts to the timing of the signals at the east side of the bridge on Tacoma (at 6th, 13th, and farther east) and the volume of traffic at different days and times. It will take some time to finalize the signal timing for traffic flow through all the signals in the area.  Expect delays during this necessary process and drive with caution.
  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed. 
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – September 2, 2016

View of interchange from the North

View of interchange from the North

Field Work Notice - September 2, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

New Traffic Signals:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed.
  • Signal Adjustments:  With the new signal in at the west end of the bridge, there has been some additional congestion on onramps entering the bridge from Hwy 43.  PBOT engineers are making many incremental adjustments to the signals at the west end of the bridge to determine optimal timing to reduce congestion.  Factored in are the impacts to the timing of the signals at the east side of the bridge on Tacoma (at 6th, 13th, and farther east) and the volume of traffic at different days and times. It will take some time to finalize the signal timing for traffic flow through all the signals in the area.  Expect delays during this necessary process and drive with caution.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave signal: Traffic on Tacoma is allowed to turn left on to 6th. Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can ONLY turn right on SE Tacoma St. now, and ONLY on a green light. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.  There have been a number of vehicles seen going straight through the signal or turning left onto the bridge.  IMPORTANT- Portland police will be monitoring this area and may cite those violating the right turn only.

On-street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 26, 2016

Looking south toward west interchange with Sellwood Bridge

Looking south toward west interchange with Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - August 26, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

New Traffic Signals:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge can now turn left at the west end to access Hwy. 43 south. The turnaround loop for southbound traffic at Taylors Ferry Road has closed. Adjustments are being made to the new traffic signals at the west end of the bridge to improve traffic flow.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave:  Northbound traffic on SE 6th Ave. can only turn right on SE Tacoma St. now, and only on a green light. On street parking has been removed on the east side of SE 6th Ave. near the signal. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th.

Westside Trail: Trail users may experience brief delays on Monday, Aug. 29 north of the bridge during some asphalt repair work.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Please note that several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south are closed for repairs through Aug. 31. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 19, 2016

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

Field Work Notice - August 19, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Aug. 19-23 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users from 7 pm on Friday, August 19 until no later than 6 am on Tuesday, August 23. For safety reasons, the bridge sidewalk will also be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians. During the closure crews will remove temporary lane striping, seal the bridge deck, add permanent lane striping, and activate traffic signals at each end of the bridge.  Two major traffic changes will occur when the bridge reopens:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge will be able to turn left at the west end of the bridge to access Hwy. 43 south. Bridge drivers will no longer need to first travel north to the turnaround at Taylors Ferry Road to travel south.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave: The new traffic signal at SE 6th Ave. and SE Tacoma St. will reduce turn movements for northbound traffic on SE 6th, to limit cut-through traffic.  Northbound traffic on 6th must turn right (east) at Tacoma. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th. A new no parking zone will be added to SE 6th Ave. south of Tacoma to accommodate turn movements. See the diagram that shows traffic movements for the new signal.

The alternate routes for motor vehicles during the closure are the Ross Island (north) or Abernethy (south) bridges, via Hwy. 43 or Hwy. 99E. For bicyclists and pedestrians, the alternate routes are the trails on either side of the river north to the Ross Island, Tilikum or Hawthorne bridges.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Please note that several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south will be closed during the Aug. 19-23 Sellwood Bridge closure. Work schedules have been adjusted so that the Sellwood Bridge will be closed on only one commute day (Monday, August 22) when the ODOT ramps are closed.  Expect traffic congestion approaching the Ross Island Bridge from the west on August 22. Alternate routes from the Sellwood Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge include Taylors Ferry/Terwilliger or Boundary/Corbett/Hamilton to Barbur to the Ross Island Bridge. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

Taylors Ferry Turnaround: After the left turn from the Sellwood Bridge to Hwy. 43 opens on Aug. 23, work to remove the temporary turnaround at Taylors Ferry/Hwy. 43 will begin. The turnaround lane is expected to close on Tuesday, Aug. 23.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 12, 2016

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

New 6th Tacoma traffic signal

Field Work Notice - August 12, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Saturday, Aug. 13 Bridge Work: From 5 am to as late as 9 pm traffic will be reduced to one lane on the bridge while the contractor removes the last truss section from the detour bridge. Flaggers will keep traffic flowing in each direction, but bridge users should expect delays.

Aug. 19-23 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users from 7 pm on Friday, August 19 until no later than 6 am on Tuesday, August 23. For safety reasons, the bridge sidewalk will also be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians. During the closure crews will seal the bridge deck, remove temporary striping, add permanent lane striping, and activate traffic signals at each end of the bridge.  Two major traffic changes will occur when the bridge reopens:

  • Hwy. 43 interchange: Traffic westbound across the bridge will be able to turn left at the west end of the bridge to access Hwy. 43 south. Bridge drivers will no longer need to first travel north to the turnaround at Taylors Ferry Road to travel south.
  • SE Tacoma/SE 6th Ave: The new traffic signal at SE 6th and SE Tacoma St. will reduce turn movements for northbound traffic on SE 6th, to limit cut-through traffic.  Northbound traffic on 6th must turn right (east) at Tacoma. Bicyclists and pedestrians northbound on 6th can cross Tacoma and access the bridge by using the pavement loops or signal push buttons. Drivers can cross or turn left onto Tacoma from streets east of SE 6th. See the diagram that shows traffic movements for the new signal.

ODOT Ramps Closed Near Ross Island Bridge: Unfortunately, several ramps that connect Hwy. 43 with the Ross Island Bridge/City Center/I-5 south will be closed during the next Sellwood Bridge closure. Work schedules have been adjusted so that the Sellwood Bridge will be closed on only one commute day (Monday, August 22) when the ODOT ramps are closed.  Expect traffic congestion approaching the Ross Island Bridge from the west on August 22. Alternate routes from the Sellwood Bridge to the Ross Island Bridge include Taylors Ferry/Terwilliger or Boundary/Corbett/Hamilton to Barbur to the Ross Island Bridge. Visit ODOT’s website for information on the ramp closures.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – August 5, 2016

Entrance to River View Cemetery from bridge after paving

Entrance to River View Cemetery from bridge after paving

Field Work Notice - August 5, 2016

REMAINING WORK

With construction scheduled to end by Thanksgiving 2016, here’s a look at the schedule for remaining work items. All dates are subject to change:

  • Bridge closure for deck sealing, permanent lane striping: Several days in mid-to-late August (dates TBD)
  • Left turn from bridge to Hwy. 43 south opens: August 29
  • Activate traffic signals at west end of bridge and at SE Tacoma/6th Ave.: August 29
  • Traffic lanes and sidewalk on north side of east approach open: August 24
  • In-water work (remove detour bridge, piles, fenders, work bridges) ends: October 31
  • South sidewalk of bridge opens: November 16
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - July 30, 2016

The Sellwood Bridge will reopen to all traffic modes no later than 7:30 pm tonight, Saturday, July 30.  The bridge has been closed since Thursday morning while the contractor paved the approaches to the bridge and the ramps of the Highway 43 interchange at the west end of the bridge.  A crane was also positioned on the new bridge to lift several sections of the old bridge and set them onto a river barge.  The bridge was originally scheduled to reopen to traffic on Sunday morning, but the contractor was able to complete work ahead of schedule.

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – July 28, 2016

Old Sellwood truss sections and river piles on barges

Old Sellwood truss sections and river piles on barges

Field Work Notice - July 28, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is closed to all users from 6 am on Thursday, July 28 until no later than 6 am on Sunday, July 31 due to paving and other work.  The Ross Island and I-205 Abernethy bridges are alternate crossings, while bicyclists and pedestrians can use the Tilikum Crossing and Hawthorne bridges. Highway 43 remains open. During the closure, the City of Portland will pave SE Tacoma St. between SE 6th Ave. and SE 17th Ave.

Cemetery Entrance: The entrance to historic River View Cemetery from Highway 43 at the west end of the Sellwood Bridge will be paved the night of July 29. Bicyclists and pedestrians can use the entrance to access the Westside regional trail north of the bridge while the bridge is closed. The entrance is closed to motor vehicles until Monday, August 1. Motor vehicles can enter the cemetery from SW Taylors Ferry Road or SW Boones Ferry Road.

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