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Sellwood Bridge closure starts Tuesday night for construction

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Pre-cast girders for east approach, photo: www.sellwoodbridge.org Pre-cast girders for east approach, photo: www.sellwoodbridge.org
Conceptual rendering of the new Sellwood Bridge, looking east, photo: www.sellwoodbridge.org Conceptual rendering of the new Sellwood Bridge, looking east, photo: www.sellwoodbridge.org
SELLWOOD, OR (KPTV) -

The Sellwood Bridge will be shut down for construction starting Tuesday night.

The bridge closure begins at 7 p.m. Tuesday and will last until as late as 4 p.m. Friday. It will be closed at all hours to drivers, bicyclists and pedestrians.

Crews will be installing 27 pre-cast concrete girders on support columns for the east approach to the new bridge.

The girders are up to 109 feet long and weigh up to 75,000 pounds. Some of the delivery trucks are 140 feet long.

Highway 43 will remain open to two-way traffic while the bridge is closed.

The posted westbound detour routes during the closure are: Highway 99E (McLoughlin Boulevard) to Ross Island Bridge to Highway 43 for northbound drivers. For southbound drivers, it is Highway 99E to Interstate 205 (Abernethy Bridge at Oregon City) to Highway 43.

Eastbound routes are the reverse.

Congestion is expected between the Sellwood and Ross Island bridges during commute hours. Drivers should plan their alternate route in advance and expect longer trips during the closure.

The new Sellwood Bridge is scheduled to open in the early fall of 2015. The entire project will be completed in 2016.

More information: www.sellwoodbridge.org.

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