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Two-year bridge project to begin

Thursday, March 7, 2019

A two-year project to repair Youngs Bay Bridge begins the month.

The work consists of raising the lift-span tower bracing, replacing rocker bearings, repairing damaged concrete and replacing compression joint seals.

The Highway 101 bridge connecting Warrenton and Astoria was built in 1963.

Heavy traffic, exposure to the elements and rapid temperature changes have caused deterioration, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The work includes periodic single-lane closures at night (9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.) and a complete two-week nighttime closure toward the end of the project in 2021.

Oregon State Bridge Construction of Scio won a $9 million contract to make the repairs. This month, the contractor begins building a containment structure that will be attached to the sides of the bridge, and will have a barge in the water with support boats bringing crew and materials to and from the site.

Most of the construction will take place below the bridge from the barge.

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