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Sellwood Bridge reopens as temporary detour

Multnomah County Commissioner Deborah Kafoury led a procession of cars across the reopened “old” Sellwood Bridge Wednesday afternoon, after inspectors gave the green light to use the relocated structure.

The 87-year-old bridge deck, which was moved about 60 feet to the north on Saturday, reopened to traffic at about 3:30 p.m. It had been closed since about 5 a.m. Saturday.

Crews from Omega Morgan spent more than 12 hours slowly sliding the bridge deck into place on five temporary piers in the Willamette River. The move was part of the $307 million bridge replacement project. By using the old bridge deck as a temporary detour around construction, contractor Slayden-Sundt Joint Venture expects to save about $5 million to $10 million on construction costs.