The Ross Island Bridge is showing its age. Contractor crews working for the Oregon Department of Transportation began work in October 2014 to remove paint and rust, make repairs to the structure and repaint the steel supports. The work is expected to occur seasonally through 2018.*
This bridge project focuses on rehabilitating the existing, historic structure. No changes will occur to traffic flow or travel lanes for drivers, bicyclists or pedestrians as a result of this painting project.
* Schedules are subject to change due to weather and site conditions.
- Structural work (Fall 2014): Crews repaired the bridge’s weathered steel structure by removing rust, replacing rivets and making other structural repairs and improvements. Damaged truss members were replaced and new truss members were added to strengthen the bridge during the first phase.
- Sandblasting and repainting (2015-2018): * Crews are removing old paint from the bridge’s steel supports and repainting them to the historic deep blue-green color. Tarps contain debris associated with sandblasting and painting. Additional rivet removal and replacement is occurring during painting. Crews are sandblasting and repainting in sections, starting on the west end of the bridge and working east. They will move work platforms and the containment system between periods of active painting.
Ross Island Bridge
Cost and Funding
- The Oregon Department of Transportation started a rehabilitation project in fall 2014 to maintain and preserve the bridge’s structural integrity and extend the useful life of this important connection.
- The project’s ﬁrst phase, completed in February 2015, repaired the bridge’s weathered steel structure by removing rust, replacing rivets and making other structural repairs and improvements to the bridge.
- Damaged truss members were replaced and new truss members were added to strengthen the bridge during the ﬁrst phase as well.
What Problem Will This Improve?
The bridge was last painted in the 1960s. Since then, bubbles and cracks have appeared in the paint and rust has formed. The work will preserve the bridge's structural integrity and lengthen the lifespan of this key link in the regional transportation system.
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