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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 19

Profile of barge with segments for first 2 steel arch spans downtown 12-15-2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Reopens: The Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge reopened this afternoon following demolition work above the trail. With the old east bridge approach removed, the contractor will begin drilling foundation shafts for the new approach in January, working generally from west to east.

Hwy. 43 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 west side retaining walls. A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation. On Saturday, Dec. 20 the outside southbound lane will be closed from 7 a.m. until about 3 p.m.

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First steel arrives for new Sellwood Bridge arch spans

Barge carries segments for first 2 steel arch spans through downtown 12-15-2014

Monday, December 18 marked a major milestone in the construction of the new Sellwood Bridge. A barge arrived carrying the first two steel arches for the western river span.

The arches were fabricated at Thompson Metal Fab in Vancouver, WA. The plate steel was made at a mill in the Eastern US, then shipped by train to Thompson’s plant on the Columbia River. Workers at Thompson cut, welded and bolted the steel into full length arches, and then dismantled the arches into shorter segments for shipping and erection.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 12

Demolition of old east approach

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge remains closed until the afternoon of December 19 due to demolition of the old east bridge approach.  Work next week involves a section of the old abutment. The trail is closed between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. The detour uses SE 7th Street to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail. 

Hwy. 43 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 west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 12

Old bridge dedication plaque salvaged

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge remains closed until the afternoon of December 19 due to demolition of the old east bridge approach. Work next week involves a section of the old abutment. The trail is closed between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. The detour uses SE 7th Street to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail.

Hwy. 43 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 west side retaining walls. A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 5

Demolition of old east approach

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge will be closed December 8 - 19 during demolition of the old east approach to the bridge.  The closed section is between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. Trail users will be directed to a detour on SE 7th Avenue to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail. 

Hwy. 43 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 west side retaining walls.  A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation. 

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through December 12, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 5

Field Work Update - December 5, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail Closure: A short section of the Springwater Trail under the Sellwood Bridge will be closed December 8 - 19 during demolition of the old east approach to the bridge. The closed section is between SE Spokane Street and SE Umatilla Street. Trail users will be directed to a detour on SE 7th Avenue to cross SE Tacoma Street and rejoin the trail.

Hwy. 43 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 west side retaining walls. A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. north and south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation.

Night Work on Hwy. 43: Three lanes continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through December 12, from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls. Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Nov. 24

Workers setting forms for Bent 5 column

Field Work Update - November 24, 2014

Due to the Thanksgiving Holiday this will be the only field work notice this week. The contractor does not plan to work Nov. 27 – 30 during the Thanksgiving holiday, although staff may visit to check concrete cures.

Bridge Closure Completed: The project team thanks bridge users for the patience during last week’s three-day bridge closure. The bridge opened ahead of schedule at 7:20 p.m. on Friday, with traffic using the new east approach (see photo). Due to the greater curve in the east approach, the advisory speed limit was lowered from 25 mph. to 20 mph. The staircase from the bridge sidewalk to the Springwater Trail and access to the bridge sidewalk from SE Grand Ave. have closed, due to construction on the old east approach.

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 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 west side 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.

Night Work on Hwy. 43: Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights through Dec. 5 from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls. Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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Sellwood Bridge opens at 8 p.m. Friday night

Field Work Update -November 21, 2014

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The Sellwood Bridge will reopen at 8 p.m. Friday, November 21 after a three-day closure to shift traffic onto the new east approach. The speed limit on the bridge has been lowered from 25 m.p.h. to 20 m.p.h. due to the longer curve at the east end of the bridge. Please note that the bridge is limited to vehicles weighing up to 10 tons and 30 feet in length.

The project team thanks the community for their patience during this bridge closure. The bridge will remain open through the rest of the year, so please remember to support local businesses during the holidays.


Bridge To Reopen After Evening Commute, November 21

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The Sellwood Bridge is closed to all traffic modes from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, November 19 until sometime after the evening commute Friday, November 21. At the latest, the bridge will reopen by midnight on Friday. The bridge was closed to set up a traffic control change to the east approach.  When the bridge reopens, traffic will use the new east approach. Hwy. 43 will remain open.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Nov. 14

Installing barrier on east approach

Installing barrier on east approach

Field Work Update - November 14, 2014

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Bridge Closure Nov. 19 - 21: The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to all traffic from 5 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 19 until as late as 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 21 to shift traffic onto the new east approach (on the south side of Tacoma). The bridge sidewalk will also be closed. The Ross Island Bridge is the alternate route for northbound traffic and the Hawthorne Bridge is an alternate route for bicyclists. The traffic switch will allow work on the north half of the new east approach to begin in 2015.  We encourage drivers to plan for an alternate route now before the closure

Hwy. 43 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 west side 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. 

Night Work on Hwy. 43:  Three lanes will continue to be closed on Hwy. 43 on weeknights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. during installation of a new storm drain system at the base of the west side retaining walls.  Flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane.

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