PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) – The temporary Sellwood Bridge in Southwest Portland will be closed for five days beginning Saturday as construction continues on a project to replace the aging Willamette River crossing.
The bridge will be closed Friday at midnight through Thursday, Feb. 20, at 5 a.m. Multnomah County reports that the closure will allow crews to install steel soldier piles across traffic lanes on the west end of the bridge that will support the walls of the two-level interchange where the bridge connects with Highway 43. The bridge will be closed to drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.
Highway 43 will remain open, with turn lanes from the highway to the bridge closed. The following detours will be in place:
Northbound: Highway 99E to Ross Island Bridge to Highway 43.
Southbound: Highway 99E to Interstate 205 (Abernethy Bridge) to Highway 43
Eastbound routes are reversed.
Eastside bicyclists and pedestrians should use the Hawthorne Bridge for the northern detour, which can be accessed from the Sellwood neighborhood via the Springwater Trail. The westside trail between the bridge and Macadam Bay driveway will be closed. Westbound bicyclists should use Taylors Ferry Road to either Lakeview Drive or to the north River View Cemetery entrance to Palatine Hill Road.
The project to replace the aging 88-year-old bridge and Highway 43 interchange began in December 2011. In January 2013, a temporary detour bridge was put in place just north of the old bridge. The temporary bridge will be used through the fall of 2015, when construction of the new bridge on the current alignment of the old one is expected to be complete.
The total cost to replace the bridge and renovate the interchange has been estimated at $307 million.