The OR 39 Link River Bridge in Klamath Falls, Oregon.
The Link River Bridge was constructed in 1931. It provides access to downtown Klamath Falls from southbound US 97, to northbound US 97 from the downtown, and access to the downtown from the west portion of Klamath Falls. The current average daily traffic on the bridge is 9,300 vehicles.
The bridge is in need of repair and strengthening. Periodic bridge inspections have detected salt contamination and deterioration of the concrete deck below the asphalt wearing surface. The effects of chloride contamination from salting roads are notable in the bridge deck, sidewalks and railings. The existing asphalt wearing surface is allowing water to seep through and is unable to protect the bridge from further deterioration. The original railings are crumbling and the steel reinforcement is showing in many places. The rail is classified as functionally obsolete.
The sidewalks on the bridge are spalling and breaking apart. Two of the four bridge approaches have no sidewalks and in general the site is not compliant with current ADA requirements. The lack of sidewalk access to Veterans Memorial Park from the Link River Bridge, moving existing crosswalks, designating new crosswalks and providing pedestrian lighting are issues that need to be addressed.