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U.S. 26: Ross Island Bridge Painting

Project Completed

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Portland, Multnomah)

​The Oregon Department of Transportation completed a rehabilitation project to repaint the Ross Island Bridge.


Traffic Impact

No current traffic impacts. Construction is complete.

Construction Impacts

No construction impacts. Construction is complete. 

Meetings and Events

Visit the Online Open House for more information about the project.



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 project is complete.* 

This bridge project focused 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.

This is an image of the project area showing the Ross Island Bridge and surrounding areas.

Project Description: 

  • Structural work (Fall 2014): Crews completed repairs to 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 trusses were added to strengthen the bridge during the first phase.
  • Sandblasting and repainting (2015-2018): * Crews completed removing old paint from the bridge’s steel supports and repainting them to the historic deep blue-green color. Tarps were set up to contain debris associated with sandblasting and painting. Additional rivet removal and replacement occurred during painting. Crews sandblasted and repainted the bridge in sections, starting on the west end of the bridge and working east. They moved work platforms and the containment system between periods of active painting.
* Schedules are subject to change due to weather and site conditions.


US 26 | ​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. 

Additional Information

​​For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1.​​​
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Last Updated

2/22/2019 1:46 PM

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