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U.S. 101: Thomas Creek Bridge and Reinhart Creek Bridge

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Bridge traffic limited to one lane until end of year

Ongoing bridge work will limit U.S. Highway 101 to a single lane of traffic at two locations in Curry County until the end of the year.

Prime contractor Hamilton Construction has been repairing concrete and replacing rail on Reinhart Creek Bridge (milepost 311.4) and Thomas Creek Bridge (milepost 347.8) since June. Reinhart Creek is located about 10 miles south of Port Orford and Thomas Creek is about eight miles north of Brookings.

Thomas Creek Bridge will be limited to a single lane until the end of December. Traffic will be controlled by a temporary signal. At Reinhart Creek Bridge, motorists can expect intermittent lane closures. Flaggers will provide additional traffic control as needed.

Thomas Creek Bridge, the highest in Oregon at 345 feet, is a popular destination for summer travelers. During construction the turnout at the north end of the bridge will be used for staging. Visitors are encouraged to use the parking area south of the bridge.

From October to December, motorists should expect intermittent weekday lane closures on both bridges.

(UPDATED: October 20, 2016)


Project overview

1.jpgODOT will bid two projects in 2016 that will repair and paint Thomas Creek Bridge and Reinhart Creek Bridge on U.S. 101 in Curry County. The first project will repair the concrete section of both bridges, while the second paints the steel truss sections of each bridge.
U.S. 101: Thomas Creek & Reinhart Creek Bridge Rehab

Location: U.S. 101, milepost 311.4 (Reinhart Creek)
    and milepost 347.8 (Thomas Creek)
Overall budget: $2.2 million (estimate)
Bid let date: April 14, 2016
Construction schedule: Spring 2016-Spring 2017
U.S.101: Thomas Creek & Reinhart Creek Bridge Painting

Location: U.S. 101, milepost 311.4 (Reinhart Creek)
    and milepost 347.8 (Thomas Creek)
Overall budget: $16 million (estimate)
Bid let date: September 15, 2016
Construction schedule: Fall 2016-Spring 2019

Why are the bridges important?
U.S. Highway 101 is a lifeline road connecting several communities along the southern Oregon coast. In Curry County, the highway crosses more than 25 bridges, each one vulnerable to corrosion from the harsh marine air, and damage from earthquakes.
Thomas Creek Bridge (milepost 347.8), located about eight miles north of Brookings, was built in 1961 and is the highest bridge in Oregon at 345 feet. The lesser-known Reinhart Creek Bridge, built in 1954, sits a few miles south of Humbug Mountain State Park, between Port Orford and Gold Beach.
On an average day, approximately 2,400 vehicles cross Reinhart Creek Bridge and 3,100 use Thomas Creek Bridge. In the event of a bridge closure, there are few alternate routes.
What is the problem?
Both bridges are more than 50 years old, and exposure to the harsh marine environment has taken a toll. The paint on the steel truss sections of both bridges is deteriorating, and the concrete sections of the bridges are in need of several repairs.
What is ODOT planning to do?
ODOT will bid two projects. The first will address problems with the concrete portions of the bridges, the second will paint the steel truss portions of each bridge.
Rehabilitation project: The repair project bids in April 2016. Work on both bridges includes a deck overlay, rail replacement, concrete strengthening, and bearing replacement (seismic strengthening). The deck and rail work will require traffic to be limited to one lane under temporary signals. The contractor will be required to complete the work on Reinhart by the end of summer 2016 so the paint contractor can begin there once that project bids. The repair work on Thomas Creek may extend into 2017.
Painting project: The painting project includes removing all existing paint, repairing areas where corrosion has damaged the steel, replacing damaged rivets, and re-painting the bridge. All paint and repair work for this project will be below deck, but containment structures may be seen from the bridge deck. Depending on weather conditions and contractor preference, work on this project could begin in winter 2016 or in spring 2017. Reinhart Creek Bridge will take approximately one season to paint, while Thomas Creek Bridge will take up to three seasons to complete all of the paint work.
How will drivers be affected?
Motorists can expect intermittent lane closures and delays during both projects, though most of the painting work will take place outside the travel lanes.
ODOT will provide more information to the public and local media prior to and during construction. For updates on construction and traffic impacts, see ODOT’s Weekly Construction Report  for southwest Oregon visit TripCheck.com

Project materials and links

•   Information sheet: TCB & RCB Rehabilitation and Painting (October 2015)
•   Video: Thomas Creek Bridge (Courtesy Kenji Sugahara)

For more information

Dan Latham
ODOT Public Affairs
3500 NW Stewart Parkway
Roseburg, OR 97470
Phone: (541) 957-3601