The W. Fork Dairy Creek Bridge is located on U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) at milepost 46.3, approximately one mile east of OR 47/Staley's Junction in rural Washington County. This 1930s-era bridge is an old timber structure and in poor condition.
An ODOT contractor began work in August 2012 on replacing this structure. The new bridge will be constructed of concrete and will be 100 feet long and 47 feet wide, which is 11 feet longer and slightly wider than the existing bridge.
Traffic impacts on U.S. 26 will be minimal. During construction, a temporary bridge will be built to the north of the existing bridge for U.S. 26 traffic to use as a detour, allowing the highway to remain open during construction. This temporary bridge will accommodate two lanes of traffic (one lane in each direction) on U.S. 26 through the work zone. There will be intermittent daytime flagging in August and September 2012 as this temporary bridge is constructed. Once the bridge is complete and traffic is detoured onto it, the majority of the work will occur with little to no impact to U.S. 26 traffic.
Construction will continue for two years and be complete in 2014. The graphic below shows what the temporary realignment will look like during construction as well as the new bridge.
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