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OR39: Drainage Ditch Culvert Bridge
OR39:  Drainage Ditch Culvert Bridge
Project Fact Sheet
Project Location:
The Drainage Ditch Culvert project is located in Klamath County on the OR 39 Hatfield Highway at approximately milepost 1.46 near the city of Malin.
Purpose of the Project:
The purpose of the project is to replace the existing timber structure with a concrete box culvert.  The existing timber structure spans Drainage Ditch No. 9 operated by the Klamath Irrigation District (KID).  The structure is approximately 38 feet in width and 138 feet long and was constructed in the early 1930’s.  Although the structure is in good shape, considering its age, it cannot accommodate the heavier truckloads and has been earmarked for replacement in the 02-05 State Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP) using federal bridge replacement funds. 
The No. 9 Drain canal provides return flow for irrigation runoff and intercepted groundwater.  The canal flows beneath the “J” canal and eventually empties into the Lost River.  The canal is specifically used for agricultural purposes. 
Traffic Changes During Construction:
The construction for this project will occur in 2 stages.  The first stage constructs a temporary roadway adjacent to the existing roadway.  When the temporary roadway is constructed, traffic will be shift to the new roadway and the work on the culvert will begin.  The existing bridge will be removed and 2 pipes will be installed.  When the culvert is in place, traffic will be shifted back onto the highway alignment and the temporary roadway will be removed.
At this location, OR39 is straight and has good sight distance.  Driver care and awareness will be critical during the temporary roadway stage as speeds tend to be over the posted speed limit of 55mph.
Information During Construction:
Traffic change dates will be posted on variable message boards along the highway and broadcasted over the radio. This information will also be broadcasted over the local radio and television stations and newspapers.  We will also keep the trucking industry informed through the ODOT district permitting office.  Construction status reports will be posted on the ODOT website.
Key project milestones:
  • Begin Construction – November 29, 2004
  • Complete Construction – February 25, 2005

ODOT Key Contacts

Julianne Repman Public Affairs Officer (541) 388-6224 
Gary Farnsworth Central Oregon Area Manager (541) 388-6071 
Stephanie Serpico Consultant Project Manager (541) 388-6309