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OR 207 John Day River Bridge
The project area is located approximately 19 miles southeast of Fossil, Oregon in Wheeler County.
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Why this project is needed
OR 207 is a rural highway in North Central Oregon.  Although traffic volumes are low, it is an important highway for tourism and local residents.  Keeping highways in good condition and providing a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity are critical parts of the mission for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT). 
The John Day River Bridge 05018A was constructed in 1957 and is 344 feet long.  Past bridge inspections have identified two main concerns; the approach, transition and bridge rails are substandard, and an accumulation of bat guano (waste) and old form lumber in the box girders spans are causing maintenance and inspection problems.  Overall, the bridge is rated as being in satisfactory condition.

How ODOT plans to solve the problems
This project will install new approach, transition and bridge rails which will bring them up to current safety standards.   That work should take two to three weeks and will be done in the winter of 2010-11.
Prior to the rail work, ODOT is contracting to remove the bat guano and old form lumber from the box girders.  Once this material is removed, hatch covers will be installed on the ends of the box girders to keep bats from entering but still provide access for inspectors.  Wood bat boxes will be built and placed on the outside of the bridge to help mitigate the loss of habitat.

Traffic control during construction
During construction of the railing, one lane of traffic will be periodically closed.  Traffic will controlled by flaggers.

Project timeline

 Design    2009 / 2010
 Contract Bid Let    December 2010
 Construction     Winter 2010-2011

Office Phone
Mike Darling
Project Leader           
Gary Farnsworth
Area Manager
Rex Holloway
Community Liaison