The Ashland Main Street Bridge needs repair. Currently it’s load-limited for maximum loads of 80,000 pounds.
ODOT survey and geologists will be on site soon, both in the creek bed and on the bridge and sidewalks, preparing for a repair project scheduled in 2018.
Currently, ODOT plans to extend the life of the bridge in 2018 by drilling into the deck, inserting conduit, along with stainless steel rods, which will then be grouted in place. This can be done with a lane closure and will strengthen the bridge.
This has been done successfully on other historic structures on the East Coast and is intended to lengthen the life of the historic structure with as little impact to the downtown Ashland area.
About the Bridge:
Built in 1911, the Ashland Creek Bridge is the earliest non-reinforced masonry arch bridge still in use in Oregon. It formerly had a timber façade owned by the City of Ashland, installed on the downstream face. This was removed in 2013 revealing an inscription by the bridge builder and 1911 date of construction.
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From July 28, 2016 - Mail Tribune/Ashland Daily Tidings
Project Fast Facts
Ashland Main Street Bridge
Location – Ashland, MP 19.9
Oregon 99 (Rogue Valley Highway)