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Patterson Bridge Project
News Release
ODOT expects work will be finished by mid-December

GOLD BEACH - The Oregon Department of Transportation has begun work to modify the workbridge being used for the Issac Lee Patterson Memorial Bridge rehabilitation project in Gold Beach. The $18.4 million rehabilitation project is scheduled for completion in 2005.
   ODOT officials met with concerned citizens last Tuesday in Gold Beach to discuss the mitigation plan for high water and potential debris accumulation on the Rogue River workbridge.
   "We're responding to the public's concerns," said ODOT Project Manager Ray Cranston. "We appreciate the testimony from the local citizens because there is not a lot of data available regarding quantities of woody debris during flood events."
   A portion of the workbridge will be removed back to pier three, leaving two, 230-foot arch spans in the Rogue River's north channel unobstructed. ODOT anticipates the workbridge modifications will be completed by mid-December.
   Meanwhile, ODOT bridge engineers are reviewing the strength of the remaining workbridge to ensure it is strong enough to withstand debris during high water events.
   According to Cranston, the changes will add roughly $250,000 to the project budget and may require modifications to the project's environmental work permits.
   "We're looking to adjust the project schedule to keep the flood channel unobstructed during flood season," said Cranston. "We're currently working with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the county's emergency response coordinator to develop an emergency response plan."