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Sellwood Bridge reopens ahead of schedule

February 18, 2014

The Sellwood Bridge will reopen to traffic ahead of schedule. The bridge has been closed since midnight on Friday while a contractor drilled shafts under traffic lanes at the west end of the bridge.  The bridge will reopen to motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians by 7 a.m. on Tuesday, February 18.  

The contractor had been given permission to keep the bridge closed until as late as 5 a.m. on February 20 to complete the work.  The drilling team worked around the clock from midnight on Friday and encountered no major obstacles during the operation.  A line of steel soldier piles were installed under the traffic lanes for a wall that will support a new Highway 43 interchange with the bridge.

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