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Major changes to Sellwood Bridge design: BTA urges county to delay final vote

Last minute cost-cutting has resulted in proposed design changes to the $268 million Sellwood Bridge project that could have significant impacts on bicycling. With a key vote on the final design set for this coming Monday (7/16) and a decision on the plans set for Thursday (7/19), the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is concerned that there’s … Read more

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County committee makes decision on new access road near Sellwood Bridge

Some options would have turned this into a larger road to handle 200 extra cars daily.(Photo: Multnomah County) The construction of the new Sellwood Bridge is already having some impacts on the nearby transportation network. As The Oregonian reported last month, a decision to relocate an access road to Highway 43 for the Macadam Bay … Read more

Cue the water cannons! Sellwood Bridge breaks ground Friday

The long nightmare will be over soon.(Photo: Cindie Olson) Spirits must be high at Multnomah County’s transportation offices this week. Not only are they finally breaking ground on the Sellwood Bridge project, they also announced Tuesday that they received $17.7 million from the U.S. Department of Transportation’s TIGER program for the final piece of funding … Read more

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Clackamas voters say no to $5 Sellwood Bridge fee

No love from Clackamas residents.(Photo © J. Maus) In case you haven’t heard, Clackamas County voters soundly rejected (63-37 percent) a $5 annual vehicle registration fee that would have raised $22 million to help pay for the ailing Sellwood Bridge over the Willamette River. The fee was passed by the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners … Read more

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Sellwood Bridge fee proposal headed for showdown Wednesday

“Put that on the ballot, that’s really the best way… People need to be able to determine what should be done with their pocketbooks.” — Sarah Seale, Director of Americans for Prosperity, Clackamas County A proposal in Clackamas County for a $5 motor vehicle registration fee to raise $20 million to help pay for the … Read more

Anti-tax group, Americans for Prosperity, protests Sellwood Bridge funding plan – Updated

The Sellwood Bridge.(Photo © J. Maus) Members of the Oregon chapter of Americans for Prosperity, an anti-tax and limited government interest group founded by David Koch and Koch Industries, showed up in force on Thursday when the Clackamas County Board of Commissioners shared their plan to raise funds to help pay for the Sellwood Bridge. … Read more

Sellwood Bridge update: BTA supports new vehicle registration fee

New vehicle fees would raise over one-third the total cost to replace the Sellwood Bridge.(Photo © J. Maus) Funding to replace the Selwood Bridge is coming together. As per HB 2001 — the transportation funding package that passed the Oregon legislature this past session — Multnomah County is considering a new, $19 motorized vehicle registration … Read more