PORTLAND — You can’t get there from here. Here being the Sellwood Bridge. It’s closed until 4:00 on Friday afternoon as crews install 27 concrete girders for the new bridge that’s scheduled to open late next year.
“We’re going to set the girders on the columns for the east approach. Due to safety reasons, we can’t have the bridge open for cars, bikes or pedestrians for three days,” says Multnomah County’s Mike Pullen.
Highway 43 will stay open in both directions and it’s expected to be busier than usual. Same for Highway 99E/McLoughlin on the east side of the river as folks detour to the Ross Island Bridge. Depending on your final destination, I-205 to the Abernathy Bridge might be another option.
The Sellwood Bridge is the busiest two-lane bridge in Oregon. About 30,000 cars cross the bridge daily.