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Sellwood Bridge will close through Tuesday, open with changes

Posted by on August 19th, 2016 at 8:22 am

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The new bridge during the opening celebration in February.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Multnomah County continues to inch closer to completion of the Sellwood Bridge project; but some of the final changes mean yet another temporary closure.

Starting this Friday the 19th at 7:00 pm through Tuesday morning the 23rd (no later than 6:00 am), the bridge will be closed to all users. When it reopens you’ll notice new lane striping and new traffic signals at each end of the bridge.


A new signal at SE Tacoma and 6th will aim to reduce cut-through traffic through nearby residential neighborhoods and the neighborhood greenway one block north on Spokane Street. Auto users going northbound on 6th will only be allowed to turn right (east) onto Tacoma. Bicycle riders and people on foot will be able cross Tacoma and get onto the bridge westbound thank to sensor loops in the pavement and/or push buttons.

Here’s an image of the new signal from the County:

New 6th & Tacoma traffic signal

Learn more about this project at

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 –

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Daniel Costantino

What’s the status on the new/rebuilt trail along the banks of the Willamette between the Sellwood Bridge and Willamette Park? I’ve lost track of the openings, closures etc. and now I’m not using it even though I could probably save time if I were confident it were open the whole way.

Jeff J.
Jeff J.

I’m hypothesizing that the only thing that’s been keeping massive numbers of aggro westbound cut-through drivers off of Umatilla in the morning is the current configuration that requires them to make a left on Tacoma from 6th off of a stop sign to get onto the bridge.

So now that they’ll have a light for making that left, it’s going to be a much more attractive option.

I hope I’m wrong. If not, I’ll be calling PBOT daily asking for diverters.

Ted Timmons (Contributor)

I was having trouble remembering which street was which. 5th (slightly west) coming out of Sellwood is the one that dead-ends for cars and has/had a sidewalk ramp for cyclists who were coming up from Springwater. 6th is the first one that goes through, there’s a strip club on the northwest corner. Map, streetview, satellite.