The new Sellwood Bridge opened with a big celebration and one very confused driver

Pick Up at Sellwood Bridge

The new Sellwood Bridge opened to traffic last night February 29 at 8 pm after being closed for removing the jump span that connected it to the new bridge. The Sellwood Bridge opened 10 hours ahead of schedule. Residents in the video are celebrating the opening of the new bridge with music and festivity. People are walking on the bridge during this celebration. Kids are out walking around with their parents. Vendors are set up under tents connecting with these happy people. Food carts were there to serve delicious foods to residents celebrating on the bridge. Everyone was just having a wonderful time on Sellwood Bridge.

Pick Up at Sellwood Bridge

Photo from KATU

The celebratory mood continued until… well, this green truck just had to drive on the sidewalk until it got wedged between sidewalk barriers this morning. The driver was not cited for the incident but the story made quite the social media sensation that I think she probably learned her lesson to drive more carefully next time. At least we can all hope that she will try her best to stay out of sidewalks next time she drives. Or at least maybe she will stop trailblazing through an obvious industrial obstruction. It was pretty obvious the sidewalk barriers were getting narrower and narrower.  Well, that didn’t stop this champion.  Gotta admire the spirit of pioneering Oregonians though, being a trail blazer and all, but maybe let’s leave that job to ODOT. Most trails in Portland are quite industrial now.  Just my humble opinion. This time, the construction crew, though upset, once again delivered with their diligent work ethics and quickly got the truck out of the barriers. The good news is that no one got hurt including the driver.

The bridge is in a full operational stage for traffic going both ways and this should really help ease the traffic for residents of South Portland and Sellwood-Moreland commuters using Sellwood Bridge. Better days are ahead. Stay classy, Portland.

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