Sellwood Bridge re-opens ahead of schedule

Sellwood Bridge re-opens ahead of schedule

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Posted on January 23, 2013 at 3:21 PM

Updated Thursday, Jan 24 at 10:17 AM

SELLWOOD, Ore. -- The recently-moved Sellwood Bridge re-opened Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.

The bridge was scheduled to re-open at 7 a.m. on January 24, but the contractor was able to complete work ahead of schedule, according to transportation officials.

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury was in the first car that drove over the modified bridge Wednesday.  Then, a major line of cars followed, helping to clear up the traffic crunch that was in the area on previous days.

Photos: Sellwood Bridge project

On Saturday crews moved the 1100 foot, 6.8-million-pound bridge span over to the north - a total of 66 feet. The process took about 14 hours. The span moved only about three quarters of an inch a minute.

Photographer Dan Tidwell set up ten cameras to capture every moment of the move and made a time lapse video of each angle. The video shows an amazingly smooth slide. Tidwell documented the event for the construction company that is building the new bridge.

More: Time lapse video of Sellwood Bridge move

“A hundred years from now, somebody's going to look at these and say 'Wow, that’s interesting how they did that,'” said Tidwell.

Construction crews also connected it to the already-built ramps on either side.

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