Traffic Reconfiguration at West End of Sellwood Bridge
Map of the new turnaround
Design of the new bridge
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Drivers don't have long to break their habit of turning left off the Sellwood Bridge onto Macadam. The ramp onto Highway 43 southbound will close at 6:00 on Tuesday morning.
Traffic will instead go north for about a half mile to a new turnaround at Taylors Ferry that will redirect drivers back southbound. Multnomah County says only about a quarter of the traffic at the bridge's west end turns left.
The work is necessary to remove the ramp and build a new interchange as part of the $307 million bridge project.
"We expect that there's gonna be a lot of traffic and delays because crews will still be flagging traffic to allow vehicles in and out of the work site," said K.C. Cooper with the Sellwood Bridge project. "We recommend that folks spend some time now thinking about alternative routes."
The best detours are 17th Avenue or McLoughlin/99E to the east. Officials will monitor the traffic flow and adjust the timing of the light at Taylors Ferry as needed.
Until November, bicyclists and pedestrians can use a narrow path between the bridge and cemetery before a temporary signal is activated to allow them to cross the highway and that slip lane will close.
The new steel deck arch bridge is expected to open to traffic in 2015.