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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – July 15, 2016

Work on cap column for bike-ped bridge under Sellwood Bridge

Work on cap column for bike-ped bridge under Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - July 15, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18.  The closure is needed for a concrete pour and cure for the deck of the east approach. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge is open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The Ross Island and I-205 Abernethy bridges are alternate crossings. During the closure, the City of Portland will close a lane of SE Tacoma St. between SE 6th Ave. and SE 17th Ave. to grind asphalt in preparation for a paving project this summer.

Highway 43 Lane Closures: Lanes north of the bridge are closed around the clock while the contractor rebuilds lanes in preparation for final paving. Paving of the lanes and bridge ramps is planned in late July. Night paving (7 pm to 6 am) is planned Thursday, July 21 on the southbound ramp from Hwy. 43 to the bridge and on July 22, 25-27 on Highway 43 north of the bridge.  

Cemetery Entrance Closure: The entrance to historic River View Cemetery from Highway 43 at the west end of the Sellwood Bridge is closed to motor vehicles only until Thursday, July 21, weather permitting, due to construction of a new entrance. The closure will allow the contractor to build curbs, sidewalks and the new driveway, and grade and pave a public parking lot for users of Powers Marine Park. Cemetery users should enter from SW Taylors Ferry Road or SW Boones Ferry Road. The entrance from Highway 43 is open to bicyclists and pedestrians during cemetery business hours.

July 28-31 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all users for four days to allow the contractor to pave the Tacoma St. approach to the bridge, the westside interchange ramps and the through lanes of Highway 43.  Highway 43 will remain open.

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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Street improvements on SE Tacoma Street from SE 6th Avenue to SE 17th Avenue, July 14-18

Traffic Advisory from PBOT

PBOT Contact

Dylan Rivera
503-823-3723 
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

TRAFFIC ADVISORY:
(July 11, 2016) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Tacoma Street from SE 6th Avenue to SE 17th Avenue on Thursday, July 14, through Sunday, July 17, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind 2.2 lane miles of pavement in preparation for paving at a later date. Both grinding and paving are being coordinated with the Sellwood Bridge closures to alleviate heavy traffic delays.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – July 8, 2016

Columns for bicycle-pedestrian bridge rise south of Sellwood Bridge

Columns for bicycle-pedestrian bridge rise south of Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - July 8, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to be closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18.  The closure is needed during the concrete pour and cure for the seam down the center of the east approach deck. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The Ross Island and I-205 Abernethy bridges are alternate crossings during the closure.

Highway 43 Lane Closures: Lanes north of the bridge are closed at off-peak hours next week during preparation for final paving and other work. This week the contractor removed sidewalk on the east side, placed concrete curbs, and installed conduit for traffic loops on the ramp from southbound Hwy. 43 to the bridge. Next week the contractor will remove the highway median near the old Macadam Bay entrance and grade this area to prepare for final paving in late July.

Westside Trail: The regional trail between the west end of the bridge and SW Miles Place has opened and the old path along the east shoulder of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors has closed. Trail users need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road north of the bridge.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: WESTSIDE TRAIL OPENS TUESDAY, JULY 5

Traffic Alert - July 5, 2016

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Westside regional trail diagram 
Westside regional trail diagram 

Westside regional trail diagrams

The regional trail between the west end of the Sellwood Bridge and SW Miles Place opened Tuesday, July 5. With the opening of this new offroad trail, the old path along the east shoulder of Highway 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors will close. The contractor will remove the sidewalk south of Freeman Motors and construct a new curb.

Users of the new trail will need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road just north of the bridge. There is also four-way stop where the trail intersects with the Macadam Bay driveway.

The trail leads to SW Miles Place, where it connects with a section through Willamette Park to the north. Please use caution on SW Miles Place where the trail alignment follows a residential street. The trail is open in Willamette Park during a current Portland Water Bureau construction project, except for a section that will eventually connect with SW Nevada Street. The regional trail leads north to downtown Portland.

Download two diagrams that show the new section of trail in more detail.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for July 1

Pit for westside bioswale, with excavated boulders

Field Work Notice - July 1, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Highway 43 Lane Closures: Lanes north of the bridge will be closed at off-peak hours July 5-8 during demolition of the northbound sidewalk, placement of concrete curbs, and installation of conduit for traffic loops on the ramp from southbound Hwy. 43 to the bridge.
  • Westside Trail: The regional trail between the west end of the bridge and SW Miles Place is tentatively scheduled to open by noon on Tuesday, July 5. Watch for a news alert to confirm the trail has opened. The current path along the east shoulder of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors will be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians after the trail opens. The sidewalk in this area will be removed permanently. Trail users need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road north of the bridge. There is a four-way stop where the trail intersects with the Macadam Bay driveway.
  • July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to be closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18. The closure is needed during the concrete pour and cure for the seam of the east approach deck that borders the south half of the approach. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – June 24, 2016

West truss span being lowered by hydraulic jacks

West truss span being lowered by hydraulic jacks

Field Work Notice – June 24, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS 

July 14 – 17 Bridge Closure: The Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to be closed to motor vehicles only from 6 am on Thursday, July 14 until no later than 6 am on Monday, July 18.  The closure is needed during the concrete pour and cure for the seam of the east approach deck that connects to the south half of the approach. Traffic vibrations can damage concrete during the cure. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians.

Cemetery Entrance: The cemetery entrance from Hwy. 43 has shifted south to allow construction on the north side. Cemetery access for motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians is maintained during cemetery opening hours.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – June 17, 2016

South ramp from Hwy 43 to bridge has shifted east

South ramp from Hwy 43 to bridge has shifted east

Field Work Notice - June 17, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Westside Trail: The opening of the regional trail between the west end of the bridge and SW Miles Place is postponed for two to four weeks while the contractor completes work along the trail. Until the trail opens, bicyclists and pedestrians will continue to use the detour path along the east side of Hwy. 43.

Hwy. 43 Through Lanes:  The lanes under the bridge will be shifted west on Monday, June 20 to allow the contractor to work on the ramp from the bridge to northbound Hwy. 43.

Cemetery Entrance: The stop sign for traffic exiting the cemetery has shifted east toward the bridge. The cemetery entrance from Hwy. 43 will be shifted south as early as June 21. Access for motor vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians will be maintained.

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Westside Trail to open within four weeks

Construction Notice - June 14, 2016

The westside regional trail between the Sellwood Bridge and SW Miles Place will be opening within the next four weeks. It was previously announced that the trail would open on June 14 but an inspection revealed additional clean up work needing to be done on and near the trail. To ensure safety for the public and workers, the trail will remain closed during this work. The trail detour route along the east side of Highway 43/Macadam remains open during while work is completed. 


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – June 10, 2016

East Sellwood Bridge truss span on barge

Field Work Notice - June 10, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Westside Trail: The regional trail between the west end of the bridge and SW Miles Place opens on Tuesday, June 14. The current path along the east shoulder of Hwy. 43 between the bridge and Freeman Motors will be closed to bicyclists and pedestrians after the trail opens, due to construction. The sidewalk in this area will be removed permanently. Trail users need to yield to construction vehicles where the trail crosses the construction road north of the bridge. There is a four-way stop where the trail intersects with the Macadam Bay driveway.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - May 27, 2016

Girders were trucked to the bridge and hoisted by two cranes- web

Girders were trucked to the bridge and hoisted by two cranes- web

Field Work Notice - May 27, 2016

This will likely be the last field work notice until the week of June 13 due to staff schedules.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Highway 43: Along Highway 43 north and south of the bridge, concrete will be poured next week for the foundations of permanent traffic signs. Outside traffic lanes will be closed during some non-peak hours for the concrete pours.

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