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PORTLAND -- The Sellwood Bridgewas closed Tuesday evening for construction work. It reopened earlier than expected, at 1 p.m. Friday, county officials said.

The bridge had previosly been scheduled to reopen late Friday afternoon.

The bridge was closed to all motor vehicles, bicyclists and pedestrians while 27 concrete girders were installed.

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Highway 43 remained open to two-way traffic while the bridge was closed, said Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen.

The new bridge is scheduled to open in the early fall of 2015 and the entire project will be completed in 2016.

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