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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - January 19, 2017

Sellwood Bridge at night, view from southeast By Jim McKune

Sellwood Bridge at night, view from southeast By Jim McKune

Field Work Notice - January 19, 2017

As construction wraps up, the contractor is working on clean-up tasks throughout the project area.  The field work notices describe major work items rather than these clean-up tasks. If no significant work is scheduled, we will not send out a field work notice each week.

WEST SIDE WORK

Hwy. 43: The slope under the westernmost span of the bridge is being restored as the work zone closes. The permanent concrete barrier will be installed on the outside of the northbound lane under the bridge next week.

Multiuse Path Bridge:  A protective barrier needs to be installed at the bottom of the fence on this bridge that will carry bicyclists and pedestrians from the regional trail under the main bridge to reach its south sidewalk.  County staff expect to install the barrier later this month after parts arrive.

Trolley Corridor: Concrete was poured for curbs this week where the trolley tracks cross the Macadam Bay driveway. On Thursday, Jan. 19, the trolley crossings at Macadam Bay and the regional trail north of the bridge will be paved, weather permitting. Raised warning domes for visually impaired pedestrians will be installed where the trail crosses the tracks near the bridge.

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No Fieldwork Update

January 16, 2017

Due to inclement weather, there is no field work notice for the week of January 9, 2017.


Sellwood Bridge Fieldwork Notice - January 6, 2017

Building sidewalk forms at end of SE Spokane St

Building sidewalk forms at end of SE Spokane St

Field Work Notice - January 6, 2017

As construction wraps up, the contractor is 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.

WEST SIDE WORK

Hwy. 43: Next week permanent concrete barriers will be placed on the outside of the northbound lane under the bridge and a slope under the southeast interchange ramp will be restored, as the work zone is vacated.

Multiuse Path Bridge:  A protective barrier needs to be installed at the bottom of the fence on this bridge that will carry bicyclists and pedestrians from the regional trail under the main bridge to reach its south sidewalk.  County staff will install the barrier later this month after parts arrive. 

Trolley Corridor: A subcontractor has completed installation of the tracks along the trolley line between SW Miles St. and south of the bridge. Weather permitting, the track crossings at Macadam Bay driveway and the regional trail north of the bridge will be paved on Monday, Jan. 9. Raised warning domes for visually impaired pedestrians will be installed where the trail crosses the tracks near the bridge. The Portland Tribune ran this article about the return of the historic trolley service from Portland to Lake Oswego this summer.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – December 22, 2016

Sellwood Bridge in fog from the eastbank

Field Work Notice - December 22, 2016

As construction work wraps up, the contractor is 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. With the short work week next week, we do not expect to send out the next notice until after Jan. 2.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • Hwy. 43 Interchange: One of two lanes on the northbound ramp from the bridge to Hwy. 43 is closed Dec. 22 from 9 am until early afternoon while a manhole cover is adjusted.
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Sellwood Bridge/Hwy. 43 traffic alert (12/21-12/22)

Project Notice - December 21, 2016

One lane of Hwy. 43 will be closed under the west end of the Sellwood Bridge on Wednesday, Dec. 21 from 9 am until as late as 3 pm while a subcontractor removes equipment from the work zone. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane.

On Thursday, Dec. 22, one lane on the northbound onramp from the bridge to Hwy. 43 will be closed from 9 am until early afternoon while a manhole height is adjusted. One lane will remain open on the ramp.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice – December 16, 2016

Sellwood project trailers bid farewell

Field Work Notice - December 16, 2016

As construction work wraps up, 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.

WEST SIDE WORK

New Bridge and Interchange: A pedestrian hand railing will be installed along the sidewalk of the southeast interchange ramp next week.

Multiuse Path Bridge: A protective bar is being placed at the bottom of the fence on this bridge that will carry bicyclists and pedestrians from the regional trail under the main bridge to reach its south sidewalk.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice - December 9, 2016

TriMet service returned to the Sellwood Bridge this week for first time in 12 years.

Field Work Notice - December 9, 2016

As construction work wraps up, the contractor is working on clean-up tasks throughout the project area. At times workers will be out on the bridge or around the roadway. Traffic cones and warning signs will be put up if work affects traffic. Field work notices will focus on major work rather than clean-up tasks.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

  • SW Terwilliger Closure: SW Terwilliger Blvd. is closed south of the Sellwood Bridge from Hwy. 43 in Lake Oswego to SW Castleridge for a sewer project. The closure will last up to eight months. Visit the project website for recommended detours.
  • 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: TriMet bus service has returned to the Sellwood Bridge after a 12-year absence. Line 99 provides weekday rush hour service across the bridge, connecting the east side with westside destinations from Lake Oswego to downtown Portland. Read the news on TriMet’s website.
  • Changes for 6th/Tacoma Signal: The traffic signal phases for north and south-bound movements on SE 6th Ave. will be combined to improve east-west traffic flow on Tacoma St. The signal change should be made in the next month. 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 - 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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