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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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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 16

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 project limits south of the bridge while the contractor builds the 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. 

Upcoming Traffic change:  on Monday, August 25 southbound traffic lanes on Hwy. 43 south of the Sellwood Bridge will be shifted to the west toward the new retaining walls.  This will allow for crews to continue ramp work on the east side off Hwy. 43.  The shift will happen after the morning rush.  Expect delays while crews move barricades and apply final striping. Motorists should consider alternate routes during the late morning of Aug. 25th.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 8

Installation of concrete girder for west approach span

Installation of concrete girder for west approach span

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 project limits south of the bridge while the contractor builds the retaining walls.   

  • On Saturday, August 9 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. one northbound lane will be closed near the cemetery entrance during preparation work for next week’s paving.
  • From Monday to Wednesday, August 11 – 13, paving and striping work south of the bridge will add to traffic congestion during the work day, due to trucks entering and exiting the work zone from the southbound lane and concrete barricades being moved. 

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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Sellwood Bridge traffic alert for Aug. 5 - 6

TRAFFIC ALERT

Traffic congestion is expected on the Sellwood Bridge and near the bridge on Highway 43 today and tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. due to heavy construction activity. Long trucks are delivering concrete girders on August 5 and 6 for the west approach to the new bridge, Other construction work requires a southbound lane of Highway 43 to be closed north and south of the bridge. Travelers may want to consider using alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge to avoid delays.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for August 1

Bolt cluster for river pier angel wing

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 project limits south of the bridge while the contractor builds the 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.

During daytime work hours on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 5 – 6, the northbound lane will be closed south of the bridge for placement of the Span 2 girders. The delivery trucks will travel north through the intersection and then back down the construction driveway at the former Staff Jennings entrance. After delivering their load, the trucks will re-enter northbound Hwy. 43 from the old Staff Jennings entrance.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Update for July 28

View west from top of Bent 6 near east bank.

View west from top of Bent 6 near east bank.

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 project limits south of the bridge while the contractor works on 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. Placement of the Span 2 girders on August 5 – 6 will require the outside northbound lane to be closed.

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