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OR 38: Elk Creek to Hardscrabble Creek Bridge Replacement
Project Information
OR 38: Elk Creek to Hardscrabble Creek

Project Update 
Community Celebration
Traffic Conditions
Project Fact Sheet
Project Initiation Notice
November 2007 Newsletter
June 2007 Newsletter
Project Satisfaction Survey
 We need your feedback! Tell us what you think about the recent construction replacing five bridges between Elkton and Drain. Please take the online survey (link below) by Dec. 5, 2008.
The survey includes information about an Oregon Department of Transportation bridge replacement project on the Highway 38 corridor between Elkton and Drain. In February 2009, ODOT will complete work replacing five bridges on Highway 38 between Elkton and Drain and adding a left-turn lane from westbound Highway 38 to Highway 138. ODOT used an innovative "rapid replacement" technique to replace the two bridges on the east and west sides of the Elk Creek tunnel, saving motorists six months of daily travel delays, minimizing the cost of delaying freight, and limiting negative impacts on several small businesses. Community input helped determine the shortened bridge construction schedule.

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Community Celebration
Oregon Department of Transportation Director Matt Garrett and distinguished guests joined students, officials from the Federal Highway Administration and community members from Elkton and the surrounding area Nov. 19 at the west end of Elkton’s Elk Creek Bridge to celebrate overall completion of the project to replace five bridges along Oregon 38 and to commemorate the unveiling of the student-designed bridge pylons which will flank the Elk Creek Bridge.
Elkton High School student artists who created the pylon designs were honored, and those attending the celebration observed pylon carvers from Roseburg’s Victory Builders at work.
This is the first bridge in the state, and possibly the nation, for which designs of the pylons have been developed entirely by the local high school students. The students created designs that reflect their community’s unique history and culture.
The pylon designs feature Douglas firs and grapevines to honor the town’s historic logging industry and the emerging wine industry. Each pylon also features a carving of a different local animal to highlight the area’s wildlife. A concept drawing for one of the selected animals, an elk, is pictured below.

Project Update
Slayden Construction crews oversee the slide of the old bridge (left) and new Elk Creek tunnel bridge. Earlier this fall, ODOT contractor Slayden Construction successfully completed a rapid replacement of the bridge on the west side of the Elk Creek tunnel. The replacement went so smoothly that the contractor was able to reopen Highway 38 to traffic eight hours earlier than anticipated. In May, the contractor completed a successful rapid replacement of the bridge on the east side of the Elk Creek tunnel, and Highway 38 was able to reopen 9 hours ahead of schedule. The rapid replacements involved using hydraulic machinery to slide the old bridge out of the way and move the new bridge into place.

This project to replace the five bridges started in 2007. The bridge replacements will allow Highway 38 to continue to serve as a key route for local travel as well as regional business and tourism.
The five original bridges were built between 1929 and 1932 and required replacement due to structural and functional deficiencies. The new bridges meet modern design standards for heavier loads, and include safety improvements such as wider shoulders. A left turn lane from Highway 38 westbound onto Highway 138 southbound is also being added to enhance traffic safety.
The bridges that were replaced are:
• The bridge over Elk Creek at the eastern entrance to Elkton at milepost 36.
• The bridge over Elk Creek at milepost 38.
• The bridges over Elk Creek at the east and west ends of the Elk Creek tunnel at milepost 39.
• The bridge over Hardscrabble Creek at milepost 47.

The project budget for design and construction is $46 million. Funding for this project was provided by the Oregon Transportation Investment Act.
Traffic Conditions
Throughout most of the construction, and barring accidents, possible delays on Highway 38 should not exceed 20 minutes. When necessary, flaggers will direct motorists, expediting traffic flow more efficiently than if directed by a traffic signal.  

You can always visit www.TripCheck.com or call 511 for up to date road conditions.

For More Information
Dan Latham
ODOT Region 3
Public Information Officer
(541) 957-3601

Lois Cohen
Lois D. Cohen Associates
Public Involvement Manager
(503) 332-4869