PORTLAND -- Commuters beware, the Sellwood Bridge will be closed for a week during the MLK holiday as part of a larger project to replace the aging bridge.
In a marvel of engineering, the Sellwood Bridge will be moved 66 feet north on Jan. 19, the first significant step in the process of replacing the span.
The bridge will be closed starting at 5 a.m. Jan. 17 to all traffic, including cars, bikes and pedestrians. It is expected to be reopened at 7 a.m. Jan. 24, then reopen in its new configuration as a temporary detour.
The section to be moved is 1,100 feet long. The move date and time will depend on the weather, said Multnomah County spokesman Mike Pullen.
Portions of the bridge date back to the late 1800s, a recycled portion of a former Burnside Bridge.