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Thursday, September 17, 2009
CLOSED SUNDAY: Sellwood and Broadway Bridges
The Sellwood Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles this Sunday, September 20 from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm due to a structural inspection and maintenance work. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians. The closure will allow a team of engineers to complete an independent inspection while a county maintenance crew completes annual maintenance work on the bridge.
Independent inspections are required every two years for public bridges. County engineers also inspect the Sellwood Bridge on a quarterly schedule, due to its deteriorated condition.
When the Sellwood Bridge is closed, the nearest alternate river crossing to the north is the Ross Island Bridge. Access to the Ross Island Bridge is available via Highway 43/SW Macadam Ave. on the west side and via SE Milwaukie Ave. and SE Powell Blvd. on the east side. The nearest bridge to the south is the Abernethy Bridge (I-205).
Also on Sunday, the Broadway Bridge will be closed to motor vehicles only from 7:30 am to 11:30 am during the Race for the Cure. The bridge will remain open to bicyclists and pedestrians. TriMet’s Broadway-9 bus line will be re-routed across the Steel Bridge while the Broadway Bridge is closed. The Fremont Bridge is also available as an alternate river crossing.
Multnomah County maintains the Sellwood and Broadway bridges and more than 300 miles of roads and bridges. For more information, visit www.multco.us/bridges.