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Sellwood Bridge closes for a week

by: COURTESY OF MULTNOMAH COUNTY - A map shows traffic circulation patterns during the Sellwood Bridge closure Feb. 15 to 20.The Sellwood Bridge will be closed from Saturday, Feb. 15, to Thursday, Feb. 20, so the project contactor Slayden/Sundt can install steel soldier piles across traffic lanes at the west end of the bridge.

The closure begins at midnight Friday and ends at 5 a.m. Feb. 20. The piles will support the walls of a new two-level interchange where the bridge connects with Highway 43.

Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic at all times while the bridge is closed. Turn lanes from Highway 43 to the bridge will be closed and used only by construction vehicles.

Multnomah County is the lead agency for the $270 million Sellwood Bridge replacement project. The new bridge is scheduled to open in the early fall 2015.The entire project will be completed in 2016.

For more project information, visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.