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Lift-span repairs require nighttime bridge closures

Youngs Bay Bridge was built in 1964 and is undergoing multiyear repairs. (Steve Morgan)
Thursday, June 3, 2021

Nighttime closures of Youngs Bay Bridge begin this weekend and for two weeks as part of the repair project that began there in March 2019.

The $12.4 million project includes raising the bracing for the lift span, replacing rocker bearings, repairing damaged concrete, and replacing compression joint seals.

Most of the work on the 58-year-old bridge was performed from below using a barge. While there have been some single-lane closures during repairs, the remaining repairs to the tower require a complete closure.

The bridge will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. each weeknight (Sunday night through Friday morning). The closures are Sunday, June 6, through Friday, June 18.

Message signs already have been posted to warn travelers of the impending closure. Once work has begun, drivers will be instructed to a detour on Highway 101 Business over the Lewis and Clark River and Old Youngs Bay Bridges as the alternate route.

The work by Oregon State Bridge Construction of Scio is weather dependent, which means the schedule could be changed at the last minute.

Pedestrians are expected to have access across the bridge during the closures.

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