May 26, 2021 For more information: Lou Torres, 503-986-2880
Closure is part of current bridge repair project
ASTORIA—A full two-week night time closure of the New Youngs Bay Bridge is scheduled from Sunday, June 6 to Friday, June 18, from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each week night (Sunday night through Friday morning). The closure is part of the repair project that began in March 2019, and is necessary to complete work on the lift span towers.
During the night time closure, travelers will use U.S. 101 Business over the Lewis and Clark River and Old Youngs Bay Bridges as the alternate route. Travelers should add some extra travel time and expect delays. The work is weather dependent which may impact the schedule.
The overall project consists of raising the lift span tower bracing above the high route clearance requirement, replacing rocker bearings, repairing damaged concrete with cathodic protection and replacing compression joint seals. The bridge was built in 1963. Heavy traffic, direct exposure to the elements and rapid changes in temperature has caused deterioration to key bridge parts necessitating the repairs.
Much of the earlier work was performed below the bridge from a barge with some single lane closures at night. The project will be almost complete following the two-week night time closure.
Variable message signs will be posted at various locations to warn travelers of the closure, alternative route and potential delays.
Oregon State Bridge Construction, Inc. of Scio, Oregon is the contractor performing the work. The total cost of construction is $12.4 million.
For the latest on the project, please visit the project web site at https://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=18602
For updates on traffic, go to www.TripCheck.com or call 511.
Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones.