County Approves Final Sellwood Bridge Design
July 19, 2012, 2:36 pm
The Multnomah County Board of Commissioners today approved the final design plan for the aging Sellwood Bridge
. This after a project committee adopted final changes that put the project at $299 Million. It will employ up to 470 people.
Limited construction started last December. Full construction is expected late this summer now that the county has given their approval. The project should be completed in early 2016, although cars will be allowed in mid-2015.
"Our challenge is making sure we have a bridge that will last on beyond all of our lives and is worthy of the work, and at the same time balances scarce public resources," said County Chair Jeff Cogen. "It’s not an easy balance but I think today we have made the right decision."
The final design calls for:
• Steel deck arch bridge
• Symmetrical bridge deck design with two traffic lanes, two bike lane/shoulders, and two multi-use raised paths for bicyclists and pedestrians
• One-stage bridge construction using a detour bridge
• New access to Macadam Bay floating homes on the south side of Freeman Motors
• Westside regional trail along trolley line from bridge to S.W. Miles Place
• Limited bridge closure during construction