…and here’s the WHOLE story on how it happened.
Since 2008, the renovation of the Sellwood Bridge has been the defining reality of our life here at the shop. Construction has only been happening since 2011, but we’ve been there from the very beginning in 2008 as the basic design was being worked out. The old Sellwood bridge was a crumbling death trap and desperately needed to be replaced, but the process of replacement has cost us many clients, caused many headaches, and we’re darn glad to see it finished! To celebrate, we’ll start the New Year by looking back at this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime project from beginning to end from our own prime seats where we’ve been for 30 years; right at the East End of the Sellwood Bridge…
Our main way of communicating information about the progress of the Bridge renovation has been our Sellwood Bridge Update column, where each month we covered major milestones, kept folks briefed on closures, and tried to find bridge-related information during some of the slower parts of the project. We’ll show you all those columns below if you’d like to browse through them, but before we do we’d like to direct you to some highlights about the project…
And here, as promised, are all 75 columns of our Sellwood Bridge Update column for you to enjoy. Each one is a priceless piece of writing that will inspire future generations, but we’ve noted some of the ones that are particularly interesting. Enjoy!
Sellwood Bridge Update– Our very first Bridge Update column
Sellwood Bridge Update- Fame visits our shabby neighbor– The Sellwood Bridge does stunt work for TV’s “Leverage”
Sellwood Bridge Update- The Sellwood Bridge wins an award. No joke!– The Bridge wins an award before the digging even starts
Sellwood Bridge Update- You’ll never believe THIS…– The announcement of the plan to use the old bridge during construction
Sellwood Bridge measure 3-372– One of our KPOJ spots about the need for bridge funding
Sellwood Bridge Update- Vote “Yes” on Measure 3-372– Funding for the Bridge went before Clackamas County voters…
Sellwood Bridge Update- THEY STARTED!!!– The first construction of any kind begins
Sellwood Bridge Update- Crumbling bridge is focus for MoveOn.org rally– The Bridge was such an icon of crumbling infrastructure that it was the focus of a political rally advocating infrastructure investment
Sellwood Bridge Update- It’s here! It’s here! It’s here!– The real construction starts
Sellwood Bridge Update- A year in the life of our wobbly neighbor– We recap the first full year of construction, including tattoos
Goodbye to the trees on Hwy 43 on the west bank
Sellwood Bridge Update- Construction hits home– The buildings across from our shop were cleared to make way for the project management trailers that would remain for the rest of the project
Sellwood Bridge Update- Slowing down for Fall– River construction had to stop to avoid interfering with salmon… who knew?
Welcome Back, Buddy- A photo essay on the Sellwood Bridge’s big move– The Bridge move was a record-setting engineering feat that brought out all Sellwood
Sellwood Bridge Update- A sneak peek behind-the-scenes– Our Tom Dwyer Bridge Update Team was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour
Sellwood Bridge Update- What’s missing in this picture?– The old concrete supports start coming down
Sellwood Bridge Update- A Peek At What’s Coming Up– The first concrete supports go in, plus we get a first look at the gigantic steel arches being fabricated in Vancouver
Sellwood Bridge Tour– As the project reached 50%, we were treated to another behind-the-scenes tour. Fascinating pictures!
Sellwood Bridge Update- The whole Bridge construction in 3 minutes– A look at the animation video of the construction plan
Sellwood Bridge Update- New Opening Date Announced– Small funding squabbles emerged; they didn’t stop the project
Sellwood Bridge Update for April 2015– As the arches rose, the concrete was crumbling
Sellwood Bridge Update for June– Our reporter takes a summer cruise under the bridge and brings back pictures
Sellwood Bridge Update- Which Portland bridges are earthquake-rated?– The answer is, and was, terrifying
Sellwood Bridge Update- Will bad bolts bang the Bridge?– Faulty bolts were nothing more than a speed bump
Sellwood Bridge Update- Pull Back The Curtain… It’s HERE!– The new Bridge would open to traffic (but not be complete) on Feb 27
Behind the Scenes of the NEW Sellwood Bridge– We got a final peek behind the fences just before the opening. More pictures!
Sellwood Bridge Update- A Tour of the Impossible– Tower cranes can’t possibly exist. Yet they apparently do.
Sellwood Bridge Update- The naked bridge– With the new Bridge up, the old one was coming down
Sellwood Bridge Update- Goodbye to the Big Steel– The trusswork from the old Bridge was being lowered onto barges for recycling
The long strange trip is almost over– The last guy with a hardhat had to be gone by November… they made it!
Our last Sellwood Bridge Update column ever!– We drop the mic on the project and head home. Peace!