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Field Work and Construction Updates

This page provides updates about bridge construction that may impact bridge users and immediate neighbors. To join the Construction Updates email list, please fill out the form on the right.

Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 23

Installing girders for southeast ramp, Jan 2015

Installing girders for southeast ramp, Jan 2015

Field Work Update - January 23, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail:  The trail is closed between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. until Jan. 31 while a contractor drills foundation shafts for the abutment of the east approach.  A detour using SE 7th Ave. is in place during the closure.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. On Thursday, Jan. 29 a southbound lane will be closed south of the bridge when light poles are installed behind the retaining walls. 

February 7 Traffic Change:  A major traffic change takes place on Hwy. 43 on Saturday, Feb. 7 when traffic lanes will shift west against the completed retaining walls north of the bridge.  This will be a good day to avoid Hwy. 43, as the contractor will be removing old striping, placing new striping, installing traffic barriers and chain link fence.  The traffic shift will allow the contractor to build the east side of the interchange and relocate a waterline.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 16

Chair Kafoury & staff tour Sellwood Bridge, Jan 2015

Chair Kafoury & staff tour Sellwood Bridge, Jan 2015

Field Work Update - January 16, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail: A section of the trail between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. will be closed for two seeks starting Monday, Jan. 19 when foundation shafts for the abutment are being drilled.  A detour using SE 7th Ave. will be in place during the closure.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. On Tuesday, Jan. 20 a southbound lane will be closed south of the bridge when concrete is poured for light pole foundations.

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Alert: Tacoma St. construction to impact traffic Jan. 14 - 16

Construction for a private residential project will impact traffic on SE Tacoma St. near SE 6th Ave. from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. January 14 - 15 and possibly on January 16. Two traffic lanes on Tacoma St. will be closed during excavation for a sewer line. During work hours flaggers will direct traffic on a single open lane on the south side of Tacoma St. This work is not part of the Sellwood Bridge project but it will add to traffic congestion near the bridge. Travelers may want to consider alternate routes such as the Ross Island Bridge to avoid delays during this work.


Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Jan. 9

Setting rebar cage for east approach foundation

Setting rebar cage for east approach foundation

Field Work Update - January 9, 2015

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Springwater Trail: Flaggers will control traffic on the trail under the bridge between Spokane St. and Umatilla St. during work hours the week of Jan. 12 while the drilling contractor accesses the east abutment area.  Trail users may be delayed a few minutes at times.  This section of the trail will be closed for two weeks starting January 19 when the foundation shafts for the abutment are being drilled.  A detour using SE 7th Ave. will be posted during the closure.

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays and Saturdays until 4 p.m. between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. A northbound lane will be closed south of the bridge next week during installation of concrete girders for the southeast ramp, a concrete pour for light pole foundations, earthwork and storm drain installation.

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Sellwood Bridge Field Work Notice for Dec. 30

Ramp column for west interchange

TRAFFIC ALERTS

Hwy. 43 lane closures: The outside southbound lane of Hwy. 43 is closed weekdays until 4 p.m. and this Saturday, Jan. 3 between SW Taylors Ferry Road and the bridge while the contractor works on the west side of traffic lanes. A northbound lane is closed weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. south of the bridge during earthwork and storm drain installation.

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East approach construction phases

East approach

The east approach to the Sellwood Bridge is being built in phases.

  • The contractor first built the south half of the east approach and shifted traffic onto that structure in November 2014 (see Traffic Rerouted image).
  • In December, a subcontractor demolished the easternmost spans of the old approach (see Old Bridge Removal image).
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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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