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Sellwood Bridge advisory: Major impacts to Hwy. 43 traffic this week

Sellwood Bridge advisory: Major impacts to Hwy. 43 traffic this week

Sellwood Bridge construction will require major traffic changes on Highway 43 near the bridge November 20 – 25, including 24-hour work this weekend. Travelers can avoid delays by using alternate routes. Most of the work is related to a major water line under Highway 43 which will be relocated in 2014 due to bridge construction. Traffic impacts this week include:

Wednesday:

From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Highway 43 traffic will be reduced to a single lane between the bridge and River View Cemetery’s entrance during a concrete pour for a bridge foundation shaft. Flaggers will direct traffic on the open lane.From 9 a.m. to noon one of two northbound lanes will be closed between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway while crews saw-cut asphalt in the closed lane in preparation for water line work.From noon to 4 p.m. a crew will saw-cut asphalt in a closed northbound lane south of the cemetery entrance. One northbound lane will be closed until 4 p.m.

Thursday:

From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. flaggers will direct traffic on a single lane between the bridge andMacadam Bay while crews excavate and install a valve for the water line near Macadam Bay’s driveway.

Friday:

Traffic on the bicycle/pedestrian path just north of the bridge on the east side of Highway 43 will be held for a few minutes at times between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. while crews repair the roadway and tie-in the waterline.

Friday to Monday:

South of the bridge crews will work around the clock from 11 p.m. on Friday until as late as 6 a.m. on Monday to install a large concrete block that will support the underground water line when it is realigned in 2014. Flaggers will direct traffic on a single lane between the bridge and the southern limits of the project.

The Portland Water Bureau will perform the work at this time to avoid conflict with construction of the new Sellwood Bridge and Highway 43 interchange in 2014. For more information, visitwww.sellwoodbridge.org.

Mike Pullen | Multnomah County Communications Office | 503-209-4111 | newsroom | twitter | facebook