PORTLAND, Ore. - A big tree removal project will be getting under way this week near the west end of the Sellwood Bridge.
Starting Monday night, crews will begin removing about 800 trees along Highway 43. The work is expected to take a few weeks.
The trees are being taken out as part of the large-scale construction project to replace the Sellwood Bridge and its interchange with Highway 43.
Many of the trees are non-native and in poor condition. The plan is to replant the area with 1,500 native trees and 1,700 shrubs once construction is complete.
In the meantime, what does this tree removal project mean for drivers?
The work will be done during off-peak hours to minimize the impact. Crews will be working weekdays from 9 p.m. until about 6 a.m. in the morning.
During that time, there will be single-lane closures on Highway 43, as well as full closures that could last as long as 20 minutes while crews remove debris from the work zone.
Alternate routes include Highway 99E/McLoughlin Blvd. and the Ross Island Bridge, or Southwest Taylor's Ferry Road and Southwest Terwilliger Boulevard.