Pieces of new Sellwood Bridge float on river

Sellwood Bridge to open in early 2016

Giant pieces of the new Sellwood Bridge were floated up the Willamette River to help build the arch for the bridge, Dec. 15, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)
Giant pieces of the new Sellwood Bridge were floated up the Willamette River to help build the arch for the bridge, Dec. 15, 2014 (KOIN 6 News)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN 6) — Giant pieces of the new Sellwood Bridge were floated up the Willamette River Monday to help build the arch for the bridge.

The segments of the bridge are between 350 and 500 feet long and were built by Thompson Metal Fab along the Columbia River in Vancouver.

The pieces must be shipped in segments because the whole arch would be too heavy for a crane to lift.

There are a total of six arches for the new bridge, and two were shipped  Monday.

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