Price of New Sellwood Bridge Jumps By $30 Million
July 17, 2012, 2:40 pm
The committee in charge of planning and designing the new Sellwood Bridge
has adopted changes that will cost Multnomah County $30 Million more than was earlier expected. This final design plan will go before the board of commissioners on Thursday for approval.
A driveway to the Macadam Bay floating home community will have to be moved because it's too close to the busy intersection with Highway 43. A trail will move off Southwest Miles Street to Miles Place. Some features below the bridge were also altered. Bridge columns will actually be made simpler and cheaper. A proposal to push a sidewalk and bike lane to the north side was scrapped.
The new bridge will be twice as wide as the current span. It will be extended 30' to the south to accommodate more lanes. There will be two traffic lanes and one bike lane in each direction, three at the east end where drivers turn into Oaks Park, and four at the west end where traffic merges onto Macadam (Highway 43).
Limited construction started in December and crews hope to have work bridges in place this summer or fall. Engineers need county approval before signing off on these latest changes which have increased the cost from $269 Million to $299 Million.
We can expect to drive over the new bridge by mid-2015.