Goodbye, Sellwood Bridge; Hello, Sellwood Bridge

New Sellwood Bridge won't open to traffic until Tuesday, March 1

construction workers on the Sellwood Bridge. (David F. Ashton, Pamplin Media Group)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The Sellwood Bridge project hits a major milestone this week. The old bridge will permanently close to traffic on Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.

You can be a part of an event that night to say goodbye to the 90-year-old bridge one last time. Organizers want you to bring flashlights, electric candles, and the lights on your cell phone for the candlelight event that runs from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. If you want to be there, make sure to gather on Grand Ave off of Spokane St near the bridge’s north sidewalk.

After the farewell, crews will start setting up the new bridge to handle the traffic shift from the old bridge.

The new Sellwood Bridge won’t open to traffic until Tuesday, March 1 at 6 a.m. So there won’t be any access to the Sellwood Bridge for four days. Make sure to use the Ross Island Bridge or the Abernethy Bridge on I-205 as an alternate route during the closure.

You can join in on an opening celebration that will happen Saturday, February 27 from noon to 4 p.m. The event is free and will include a ribbon cutting ceremony and parade. Food carts and vendor booths will also be there for the party. There will be entertainment on the main stage and the first to arrive will receive a Sellwood Bridge commemorative lapel pin. Oaks Amusement Park will provide parking for the event.

While the traffic shift to the new bridge is a significant milestone, bridge and interchange work will continue through November 2016.

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