Sellwood Bridge closing for five days for construction work

PORTLAND, Ore. -- Drivers, cyclists and pedestrians will all have to find another route as the Sellwood Bridge will be closed for five days.

Multnomah County construction crews will close the bridge in both directions for construction starting at midnight on Saturday, February 15th. The county chose the Presidents Day weekend in order to only have the closure affect two heavy commute days. The work will be finished by 5 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 20.

Highway 43 will stay open to two-way traffic, but construction vehicles will be the only ones allowed to use the turn lanes onto the bridge.

Here are the westbound detour routes that crews will have posted for drivers:

Northbound: Highway 99E to the Ross Island Bridge to Highway 43
Southbound: Highway 99E to Interstate 205 to Highway 43

Those routes are reversed for eastbound traffic.

County crews expect the most congestion on Tuesday and Wednesday and advise drivers to give themselves more time to get where they need to go. Cyclists and pedestrians can use the Hawthorne Bridge instead, but the westside trail between the bridge and the Macadam Bay driveway will be closed because of construction.