Opening of new I-84 Sandy River Bridge completes OTIA III program
ODOT dedicated the new Interstate 84 bridge over the Sandy River, the last of 149 bridges replaced in Oregon during the 11 years of the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) III Bridge Program.
During the ceremony Thursday, ODOT Director Matthew Garrett praised the new Sandy River Bridge as an upgrade to the critical tourism, recreation and industrial sections of the Oregon economy.
“We have strengthened the economic health of the state, created jobs for Oregonians and left a legacy of stronger bridge infrastructure throughout our state,” Garrett said. “I am so proud of the work ODOT and our partners have done through the OTIA III bridge program.”
Joining in the ceremony were officials from the Federal Highway Administration, the city of Troutdale and numerous other partners and dignitaries. Sen. Monnes Anderson noted that she was serving in the Oregon House of Representatives when the OTIA III legislation passed.
“I grew up in Gresham, so the Sandy River Bridge has special meaning for me,” said Monnes Anderson. “I’ve watched ODOT build beautiful new bridges that complement the National Scenic Area’s distinctive landscape. As Oregonians, we can be proud of improving the interstate’s safety while preserving the scenery and the vistas of this pristine natural resource.”
The $1.3 billion OTIA III program also repaired 122 aging bridges across the state.
ODOT expects to open the new westbound bridge to traffic in July. Over the next few months, work crews will align freeway ramps and finish landscaping. The $92.7 million project will be completed by November. Hamilton Construction Co. of Springfield, Ore., is the contractor.