A contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation will begin on April 1 painting three heavily rusted bridges over the Nestucca River on OR 130 (Little Nestucca Highway) between OR 22 and U.S. 101. Construction is expected to take approximately two months per bridge with total construction taking up to six months.
The work will require complete closures of the bridges, one at a time, beginning with the western-most span at Milepost 5.11. Local travelers and residents may access their properties along OR 130, up to either side of the affected bridge.
Painting is expected to be completed by September 30.
The protective paint on the bridges, which were built in the early 1950s, is oxidizing and cracking, and portions of the steel trusses lack paint altogether. The repainting will keep the structures from deteriorating to the point of needing to replace them. The bridges have not been painted since the 1970s, and $1.5 million from ODOT’s Bridge Preservation Fund will fund the bridge repainting.
Through traffic can use OR 22 and U.S. 101 to detour around the area. Local residents may need to use the detour as well, depending on which bridge is closed. Signs will be placed to indicate which bridge is closed and advance notification and detour signs will be provided to help motorists plan for added travel time and alternative routes.
Nestucca Bridge Fact sheet.pdf
Lou Torres, Public Information Officer, 503-986-2880