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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - December 1, 2016

At left, a bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians will connect the west trail to south sidewalk of Sellwood Bridge.

Field Work Notice - December 1, 2016

As construction work wraps up in the coming weeks, the contractor will be working on clean-up tasks throughout the project area. The field work notice will focus on major work items rather than these clean-up tasks.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Speed, weight and vehicle length limits changing: The speed limit on the bridge has increased to 30 mph and the speed limit on Hwy. 43 near the bridge returned to 35 mph. The 30-foot vehicle length limit on the bridge has been eliminated. Signs for the new vehicle weight limit on the bridge will be posted in December.
  • TriMet service returns Dec. 5: TriMet bus service returns to the Sellwood Bridge after a 12-year absence on Dec. 5, when Line 99 resumes weekday rush hour service across the bridge. The service will connect the east side with destinations from Lake Oswego to downtown Portland. Read all the news on TriMet’s website.
  • Bridge Sidewalk: The south sidewalk opened for use on November 29.
  • Changes for 6th/Tacoma Signal: The traffic signal phases for north and south-bound movements on SE 6th Ave. will be combined in December to improve east-west traffic flow on Tacoma St. Signs will be installed to prevent right turns on red for westbound traffic on Tacoma and northbound traffic on 6th.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - November 23, 2016

The west path bridge to south bridge sidewalk opens in December.

The west path bridge to south bridge sidewalk opens in December.

Field Work Notice

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Speed, weight and vehicle length limits changing: The speed limit on the bridge has increased to 30 mph and the speed limit on Hwy. 43 near the bridge returned to 35 mph. The current 30-foot vehicle length limit on the bridge will be eliminated when signs are removed next week. Signs for the new vehicle weight limit on the bridge will be posted later in December.
  • TriMet service returns Dec. 5: TriMet bus service returns to the Sellwood Bridge after a 12-year absence on Dec. 5, when Line 99 resumes weekday rush hour service across the bridge.  The service will connect the east side with destinations from Lake Oswego to downtown Portland. Read all the news on TriMet’s website.
  • Springwater Trail is open: The trail reopened this week between SE Spokane St. and SE Umatilla St. after being repaved.
  • Spokane St. parking reopens: On-street parking has reopened on Spokane west of Oaks Park Way after paving work was completed.
  • Bridge Sidewalks:  The north bridge sidewalk reopened after painting work below the bridge was completed.  The south sidewalk is expected to open the week of Nov. 28.
  • Changes for 6th/Tacoma Signal:  The traffic signal phases for north and south-bound movements on SE 6th Ave. will be combined to improve traffic flow for east-west traffic on Tacoma St.  The signal change could be made as soon as Nov. 30.  Signs will be installed to prevent right turns on red for westbound traffic on Tacoma and northbound traffic on 6th.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – November 18, 2016

Springwater Trail repairs below Sellwood Bridge

Springwater Trail repairs below Sellwood Bridge

Field Work Notice - November 18, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • TriMet service returns after 12 years! TriMet bus service returns to the Sellwood Bridge after a 12-year absence on Dec. 5, when Line 99 resumes weekday rush hour service across the bridge.  The service will connect the east side with destinations from Lake Oswego to downtown Portland.  Bus service ended in 2004 due to reduced weight limits on the old bridge.  Read all the news on TriMet’s website.
  • Springwater Trail: The trail is closed between SE Spokane St. and SE Umatilla St. for repairs and paving. Trail users are being detoured to 6th Ave.  It is expected to reopen by Nov. 23, weather permitting.
  • Hwy. 43 Lane Closures: The center lanes will be closed near the bridge during offpeak hours on Nov. 18 while crews adjust the height of manhole covers.
  • Spokane St.: There will be no on-street parking on Spokane west of Oaks Park Way from 6 am on Nov. 18 until Nov. 19, during paving.
  • North sidewalk closure: A section of the north bridge sidewalk is closed until Nov. 23 (estimate) while the contractor uses the sidewalk to work on the outside of the bridge structure below. Sidewalk users are using ramps to access a protected path that will be separated by a buffer zone from the westbound traffic lane.
  • Changes for 6th/Tacoma Signal:  Several changes are being made to improve traffic flow through the new traffic signal. North and south-bound movements on SE 6th Ave. currently have separate signal phases.  The two phases will be combined to provide more time for the primary east-west flow on Tacoma St.  More striping, a bike box, and signage changes will also be added to improve traffic flow.
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Sellwood Bridge Construction Traffic Impacts, Nov. 17-23

Project Notice - November 17, 2016

The Sellwood Bridge construction project will impact traffic in several locations November 17-23:

  • Highway 43: There will be closures of the north and southbound center lanes near the bridge Nov. 17-18 during offpeak hours to adjust the height of manhole covers.
  • North bridge sidewalk closed: A section of the north sidewalk of the Sellwood Bridge will be closed from this morning until Nov. 23 (estimated completion) while the contractor uses the sidewalk to do work on the outside of the bridge structure below. Sidewalk users will use ramps to access a protected path that will be separated by a buffer zone from the westbound traffic lane.
  • SE Tacoma and SE 6th Ave.: On Nov. 18 after 9 am, the traffic signal will be turned off and the intersection will be flagged for up to 6 hours while crews install a bicycle box pavement marking and additional striping on 6th Ave.
  • SE Spokane St.: There will be no on-street parking west of SE Oaks Park Way on Nov. 18 after 6 am during paving of the north side of Spokane St. On-street parking will reopen on Nov. 19.

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – November 10, 2016

Trolley tracks have been re-installed north of the bridge

Trolley tracks have been re-installed north of the bridge

Field Work Notice - November 10, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Much of our remaining work is weather-dependent. Last-minute schedule changes may be required due to heavy rain. Here’s the current schedule:

  • Springwater Trail: The trail is closed between SE Spokane St. and SE Umatilla St. until Nov. 15 for trail repairs and paving, weather permitting. Trail users are being detoured to 6th Ave.  There will be brief delays when the trail is reopened for striping.
  • Hwy. 43 Lane Closure: On Saturday, Nov. 12, a northbound lane will be closed while the contractor removes a sidewalk on the east side of Hwy. 43 south of the Macadam Bay/Freeman Motors driveway. The lane may be closed at other times for this work.
  • Spokane St.: The eastbound lane of SE Spokane St. is closed at times near SE Oaks Park Way during paving work above a stormwater line.
  • East Side Traffic Congestion: There has been an increase in traffic congestion on the east side of the bridge during peak hours.  Tacoma St. and side streets near the bridge are often congested, even when construction is not occurring. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will work with the Sellwood neighborhood association (SMILE) on the traffic issue after bridge construction is completed this fall. The plan is to assess where congestion is occurring after construction is over, so solutions can be considered.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – November 4, 2016

Field Work Notice - November 4, 2016, Posted on November 7, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Much of our remaining work is weather-dependent. Last-minute schedule changes may be  required due to heavy rain. Note: Crews will be working this  Saturday and Sunday (Nov. 5-6) at several areas of the project.  

  • Spokane St.: The eastbound lane of SE Spokane St. is closed at times near SE Oaks Park  Way during work on a stormwater line. A flagger directs traffic when  the lane is closed.
  • Hwy.43: There will be lane closures at times on both sides of the highway to  accommodate final shoulder grading, barrier grouting, curb  and sidewalk replacement, and sign  installation.
  • Springwater Trail:  The trail will be closed from  Umatilla to Spokane beginning Tuesday or Wednesday for repaving for approximately one week, pending  weather.  Flaggers will detour trail users to  6th Ave.
  • East Side Traffic Congestion: There has been an increase in traffic congestion on the east  side of the bridge during peak hours.  Tacoma St. and side  streets near the bridge are often congested, even when  construction is not occurring. The Portland Bureau of  Transportation will work with the Sellwood neighborhood  association (SMILE) on the traffic issue after bridge construction is completed this fall. The  plan is to assess where congestion is occurring after  construction is over, so solutions can be considered.
  • Cemetery access:  As it was prior to the construction of the Sellwood Bridge,  Riverview Cemetery is closing its access in the late afternoons (4 pm) to auto  traffic. The cemetery is private property and the volume and  speed of cars using the cemetery driveway from Taylors Ferry  as a cut through to the bridge has increased.  Cyclists  may still use the cemetery driveway.
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Traffic Alert - Multi-Use Path

November 2, 2016

From 8 pm to midnight on Wednesday, November 2, the Sellwood Bridge contractor will be laying ballast, ties and tracks where the trolley line intersects with the multi-use path. The location is just north of the Sellwood Bridge, in the old Staff Jennings area on the west side of the river.  Please use caution—flaggers will help direct cyclists and pedestrians through the area.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – October 28, 2016

Laying track for the trolley line south of Freeman Motors

Laying track for the trolley line south of Freeman Motors

Field Work Notice - October 28, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Much of our remaining work is weather-dependent. Last-minute schedule changes may be required due to heavy rain. Here’s the current schedule:

  • Spokane St.: The eastbound lane of SE Spokane St. is closed at times near SE Oaks Park Way during work on a stormwater line. A flagger directs traffic when the lane is closed.
  • Hwy. 43 Lane Closure: On Saturday, Oct. 29 the southbound lane of Hwy. 43 will be closed north of the bridge while the contractor removes a concrete curb. A new curb will be poured later.
  • East Side Traffic Congestion: There has been an increase in traffic congestion on the east side of the bridge during peak hours.  Tacoma St. and side streets near the bridge are often congested, even when construction is not occurring. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will work with the Sellwood neighborhood association (SMILE) on the traffic issue after bridge construction is completed this fall. The plan is to assess where congestion is occurring after construction is over, so solutions can be considered.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – October 21, 2016

The south sidewalk of the bridge is nearly complete.

Field Work Notice - October 21, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

As we enter the rainy season, much of our remaining work is weather-dependent. Last-minute schedule changes may be required. Here’s the current schedule:

  • 6th & Tacoma signal: An infestation of ants caused the signal to malfunction and delay motorists for several days this week. The problem, which was not related to construction, was fixed and the signal is working. The City of Portland has added a westbound left turn phase to improve traffic flow on Tacoma St. Police are citing drivers that make illegal left turns northbound from 6th Ave to the bridge. The City plans more signal changes to improve east/west traffic flow in the next week.
  • Spokane St.: One lane of SE Spokane St. is closed at times for several weeks during work on a stormwater line. A flagger directs traffic when the lane is closed and the trench is covered by a steel plate at night.
  • East Side Traffic Congestion: There has been an increase in traffic congestion on the east side of the bridge during peak hours. Tacoma St. and side streets near the bridge are often congested, even when construction is not occurring. The Portland Bureau of Transportation will work with the Sellwood neighborhood association (SMILE) on the traffic issue after bridge construction is completed. The plan is to assess where congestion is occurring after construction is over, so solutions can be considered. We will share updates on this project.
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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – October 12, 2016

Subgrade along the future westside trolley track

Subgrade along the future westside trolley track

Field Work Notice - October 12, 2016

TRAFFIC ALERTS

As we head into the rainy season, please note that much of our remaining work is weather-dependent. Last-minute schedule changes may be required. Here’s the current schedule:

  • 6th & Tacoma signal: The City of Portland will add a westbound left turn phase to the signal this week. The work will shut down the eastbound left turn for several hours, so drivers will need to turn left at a street to the east temporarily.
  • Spokane St.: One lane of SE Spokane St. will be closed at times for several weeks during construction of a manhole and stormwater line. A flagger will direct traffic during a lane closure tonight. Next week the trench will be covered by a steel plate at night.
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