January 31, 2009 ~ Saturday
Between 6:00am and 5:00pm
Temporary Bridge Closure for repairs
The historic Oregon City/West Linn arch bridge on Oregon Highway 43, spanning the Willamette River, has been a source of community pride since its opening in December 1922. Today the historically significant bridge is in need of repairs.
Although some utility work will occur first, the bridge repairs will begin in the fall of 2009.
The main span’s exterior “Gunite” concrete covering was applied to the steel arches and other steel bridge components during the bridge’s construction to protect them from the corrosive environment once associated with the nearby mills. Today, portions of this protective covering are deteriorating and will need to be repaired.
Some areas of the deck support beams in the main span are showing signs of deterioration. These will be fixed and the entire deck will get a new overlay.
The historic rails are substandard and severely deteriorated. Craftsmen will replicate the railing with a safer design while retaining its historic look.
Additionally, the historic lights will be restored.
These along with other repairs will return the bridge back to its historic look and feel.
To complete the work, the narrow bridge will be closed. Vehicles will be detoured over the I-205 Bridge.
Rick Keene, ODOT Project Leader
Judy Shioshi, ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator