Press release date: Tue Aug 28th, 2012
Bridge Reopens to Traffic on October 15
Mark your calendars: The Oregon City/West Linn Bridge is scheduled to reopen to all traffic at 5 a.m. Monday morning, October 15. Come celebrate the reopening of this historic Bridge at the Willamette Falls Festival, Friday, October 12 through Sunday, October 14. See more information below.
Bridge Construction Update
The contractor, Wildish Standard Paving, is working both days and evenings to complete work above the bridge deck by October 15. Here are the highlights:
New Roadway: On August 21, the new roadway surface was poured. This new surface is a high performance concrete that will protect the bridge from water and future corrosion.
No Work on the New Bridge Deck for 7 days
After the concrete is poured, the curing process starts by covering the new concrete with wet white burlap. Over that, a plastic sheet of visqueen is placed to seal in the moisture. This new roadway will take about 7 days to cure and workers can’t be on it during this time, so it may appear the bridge work is idle. But workers will be busy at other locations at the ends of the bridge and under the deck. After the bridge reopens, drivers will find this new surface to be a much smoother ride.
The contractor is casting concrete for the hangers that connect the arches and the bridge deck. They are also pouring the rail posts which will close the gaps between the sections of the pre-cast railing. Work will start soon on the sidewalks and railings at the West Linn end of the bridge creating the bridge entrance. The City of Oregon City has a contractor working on the entrance at Oregon City end of the bridge.
Painting the Bridge
Over the years, the bridge has been painted. The old painted concrete and the new repairs are different colors. So, to give the bridge a uniform appearance we are painting it a soft grey which is very close to the color of concrete.
To prepare for painting, the bridge is being pressure washed. Painting is progressing on the bridge ends and the areas underneath the bridges from the barges. Some of the prep work, as well as, some painting will be done from the barges in the rivers. The arches will be painted in early September. When the section of the bridge that crosses OR 99E (McLoughlin Blvd.) is painted, there will be single lane closures during the day.
The Willamette Falls Heritage Area Coalition invites you to attend the Willamette Falls Festival, a celebration of the Falls and the reopening of the Historic Arch Bridge. This fun-filled 3-day festival starts on Friday, October 12 and runs through Sunday, October 14. Festivities will be held in downtown Oregon City and at the West Linn end of the bridge.
Come and share in this unique opportunity to stroll the historic bridge and enjoy the breathtaking views of the Falls. ODOT’s ribbon cutting event for the Arch Bridge is on Sunday afternoon.
Check their web site for more details, Willamette Falls Festival. The Bridge will be open for pedestrians and bicyclists but closed to vehicle traffic from Friday afternoon through Sunday afternoon. The bridge will open to traffic on Monday morning.
REMINDER: Shuttle Service ends on October 14
The Bridge Shuttle service will end when the Arch Bridge reopens on Monday, October 15. The last trip will be on Sunday, October 14 at 10:30 p.m.
The shuttle has carried 60,709 riders since the service started on January 15, 2011. This total includes 10,215 bicyclist trips. ODOT thanks First Student for their excellent service providing shuttle service.
The shuttle route will be detoured in Oregon City on Saturday, September 15 for the Downtown Car Show. Look for detour information prior to the event in the shuttle information kiosks.
If you have questions about the project or know someone who would like to be added to the mailing list, please contact me.
Susan C. Hanson Community Affairs Coordinator
Oregon Department of Transportation - Region 1
123 NW Flanders | Portland, OR | 97209
503-731-3490 (desk) | 503-706-9814 (cell)
Visit the ODOT Region 1 Web site: http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/