Medford, OR – According to the state officials, during the closure, crews from Combined Construction, Inc. will replace two bridge expansion joints and a fractured floor beam.
Pedestrians, bicyclists and emergency responders will be able to cross the bridge during the closure except during a small window when the floor beam is being replaced.
Closure of the only bridge across the Columbia River between Astoria and Portland may create hardships for communities along the Columbia River and require residents to reschedule medical and other important appointments.
The bridge must be closed to ensure a long-lasting repair and for the safety of travelers and construction crews in the work zone.
To set the new expansion joints in place, crews will pour concrete which needs four days to cure and strengthen, without movement and disturbance from moving traffic.
The replacement of the floor beam also requires no traffic on the bridge.