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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for May 19

Concrete river pier columns painted to match steel arches

Concrete river pier columns painted to match steel arches

Field Work Notice - May 19, 2016

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TRAFFIC ALERTS

Friday, May 20 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users from 6 am on Friday, May 20 until as late as 6 am on Saturday, May 21 during installation of concrete girders for the north half of the east approach. The Ross Island and Abernethy (I-205) bridges are the nearest alternate routes. A news alert will be sent out as soon as the bridge reopens.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for May 12

Removing deck from west work bridge

Removing deck from west work bridge

Field Work Notice - May 12, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 northbound through lane opens:  The northbound through lane of Hwy. 43 has opened on the lower level of the interchange.  Both through lanes are now open, eliminating the need for through traffic to pass the traffic signal on the upper level.

Friday, May 20 Bridge Closure: A bridge closure is planned from 6 am on Friday, May 20 until as late as 6 am on Saturday, May 21 to allow the contractor to install pre-stressed concrete girders for the north half of the east approach. The closure will impact motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for May 5

New Sellwood Bridge with old bridge beyond

New Sellwood Bridge with old bridge beyond

Field Work Notice - May 5, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Second Hwy. 43 through lane opens:  On Monday, May 9 the northbound through lane of Hwy. 43 will open, carrying traffic on the lower level of the interchange. Technically, the new lane will be used by southbound traffic, because southbound traffic has been using the northbound lane in recent months.  On Monday, both through lanes will be open for the first time, which will help reduce congestion on the upper level of the interchange. Expect delays during the traffic change from 9 am to 4 pm.
  • May 20 Bridge Closure: A bridge closure is planned from 6 am on Friday, May 20 until as late as 6 am on Saturday, May 21 to allow the contractor to install pre-stressed concrete girders for the north half of the east approach. The closure will impact motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 29

The caps of the river pier bents are being stained orange-brown

The caps of the river pier bents are being stained orange-brown

Field Work Notice - April 29, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

May 20 Bridge Closure: A bridge closure is planned from 6 am on Friday, May 20 until as late as 6 am on Saturday, May 21 to allow the contractor to install pre-stressed concrete girders for the north half of the east approach. The closure will impact motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 20

Grading southbound Hwy 43 through lane under bridge

Field Work Notice - April 20, 2016

WEST SIDE WORK

New Bridge and Interchange: In the interchange at the west end of the bridge, concrete was poured this week for the south half of the end panel, where the bridge transitions to land. The parapet wall on the south side of the interchange bridge will be poured this week. The outside girders of the interchange bridge will be stained next week.

Work continues on the two westside interchange ramps. On the southbound ramp from the bridge to Hwy. 43 concrete moment slabs and concrete barrier are being poured. Base paving for the ramp is scheduled late next week. On the north ramp that carries southbound traffic to the bridge, crews are also building a moment slab and overhang and installing conduit for lighting.

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Traffic Alert: Sellwood Bridge has reopened to traffic 4/16

Field Work Update - April 16, 2016

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The Sellwood Bridge reopened to traffic ahead of schedule today at 4:20 pm. The bridge closed this morning so a contractor could set up two cranes on the deck and lower concrete forms that were used to build the deck. The bridge was scheduled to open by Monday, April 18.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 15

Old Sellwood Bridge with concrete removed from deck

Old Sellwood Bridge with concrete removed from deck

Field Work Notice - April 15, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles only from 7 am on Saturday, April 16 to no later than 6 am on Monday, April 18 for construction work. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians, with short delays at times. The closure will allow the contractor to set up two cranes on the bridge deck that will lower falsework from the underside of the deck.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 8

Installing concrete forms for face of Hwy 43 ramp wall

Installing concrete forms for face of Hwy 43 ramp wall

Field Work Notice - April 8, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles only from 7 am on Saturday, April 16 to no later than 6 am on Monday, April 18 for construction work. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians, with short delays at times. The closure will allow the contractor to set up two cranes on the bridge deck that will lower falsework from the underside of the deck.
  • From April 18 – 25, Hwy. 43 will be reduced to one lane in each direction north of the bridge to allow the contractor to remove the median and do grading and paving in preparation for the second through lane under the bridge. The inside lanes need to be closed around the clock during this work.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for April 1

Field Work Notice - April 1, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles only from 7 am on Saturday, April 16 to no later than 6 am on Monday, April 18 for construction work. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians, with short delays at times. The closure will allow the contractor to set up two cranes on the bridge deck that will lower falsework from the underside of the deck.
  • An outside lane of Hwy. 43 is sometimes closed north of the bridge during off peak hours on weekdays.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for March 25

Removing railings of old Sellwood Bridge

Removing railings of old Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - March 25, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS 

  • After 9 am on Wednesday, March 30, the contractor will shift the southbound traffic lane from Hwy. 43 at the west end of the bridge to begin a new construction phase. This is a relatively minor change but traffic delays are expected for several hours during the shift.
  • 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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