Bridge improvements designed to protect and improve three coastal bridges that have deteriorated from salt air in the Lincoln City and Florence areas will shift from daytime to nighttime beginning Feb. 4.
Construction crews’ evening work on the D-River Bridge deck will continue through at least Labor Day for asphalt grinding and strengthening to accommodate summer visitor traffic.
Construction hours will be Monday through Thursday evenings, 7 p.m.-5 a.m. for three months with necessary nighttime lane restrictions.
Expect flaggers and some noise from drilling and cutting in early spring. Noise will increase as bridge rails are replaced. Nearby businesses will be accessible at all times with “Business Access” signs near entrances. There will be no daytime lane restrictions.
Schooner Creek Bridge
Work will begin in early summer and is expected to last 21 months, subject to weather delays. Work may occur day and night.
Nighttime work will require lane closures. In each stage, expect nighttime delays up to 20 minutes. Nighttime traffic will be flagged through one open lane.
At certain stages, one side of the sidewalk will be closed with the opposite side open. People can cross at the traffic signal at SE 51st and at a temporary crossing on the south side of SE 54th Drive. Access to nearby businesses will be available at all times.
This project is planned for spring 2020.
The structural integrity of the bridges are deteriorating to the point that they will soon need to be load rated, meaning large vehicles over a certain weight will not be able to use them.
From 2018 to 2021, the DRiver and Schooner Creek Bridges will receive:
- Repairs to damaged concrete
- Installation of a zinc coating or zinc blocks to protect the bridges from the harsh coastal climate
- Replacement of bridge railings to meet current crash standards
- Strengthening of the bridge structures with steel and titanium
Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones. To learn more, visit https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/projectdetails.aspx?project=18599 and sign up for project updates. Know before you go and visit TripCheck.com for the most up-to-date construction information.