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US 26: Bridge Creek Bridge Replacements - US 26: Rush Creek-Antone Paving
Construction Summary

 Construction began April 2007
 Construction completed November 2008
 Contractor Tidewater, Inc.
 ODOT Asst. Project Mgr.   Pat Cimmiyotti
 Total Project Cost $11.0 million
Bridge Creek Bridge Replacement Summary                     Vicinity Map 

Project Location
The two bridges that were replaced are located on US 26, less than one mile west of the town of Mitchell in Wheeler County, Oregon.
The project also repaved approximately 25 miles of US 26 between Rush Creek and Antone.

Purpose of the Project
Bridge Creek Bridge appoximately 1 miles west of Mitchell, Oregon.
Bridge Creek Bridge west of Mitchell, Oregon.
The bridges are aging and worn to the point that they needs to be replaced with new structures built to modern standards.
The cost to replace these bridge is $4.0 million, and is being funded by the Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA).
The section of US 26 beteen Rush Creek and Antone is deteriorating and in need of new surfacing.  Portions of the highway will be ground out and then filled with an asphast inlay.  Other sections will receive an asphalt overlay only.
The repaving will cost approximately $7.0 million and is primarily being funded by a combination of federal and state gas tax revenues.


Start of Work:  April 2007
Detour in Place: April - October in 2007 and 2008
Construction Complete: November 2008

Traffic Changes During Construction
  • The bridges will be replaced with traffic using a detour route on a county road that bypasses the work zone.  Measurable delays are not anticipated.
  • Traffic will be detoured for approximately 6 months each year, spanning the in-water work period.
  • There are no load limits for the detour route.
  • Access to two businesses, Route 26 Espresso and Cannon’s Tire Center, will remain open during construction.

ODOT Contacts

Name Title Office Phone  
Pat Cimmiyotti Construction Contact(541) 296-2800
Rex Holloway Community Liaison Rep.(541) 388-6178
Gary Farnsworth Area Manager(541) 388-6071