Skip to main content


I-5: South Umpqua River (Vets) Bridge Repair

Project Completed

Region 3: Southwestern Oregon (Roseburg, Douglas)

​This project repainted the steel truss, repaired or replaced the bridge bearings and joints, and sealed cracks on the deck with a thin bonded overlay. Vets Bridge was also strengthened to better withstand earthquakes.


Traffic Impact

Most construction took place below deck and outside the travel lanes. However, the deck overlay required intermittent lane closures on Interstate 5.

Pedestrian Impacts

A work enclosure was used for most of the construction below deck. The pedestrian walkway under the bridge was open at most times, although some brief closures were necessary. Flaggers provided assistance as needed. Pedestrians, bicyclists, disabled individuals and others were delayed no more than 20 minutes.

Construction Impacts

​Construction required intermittent lane closures on Interstate 5.


​Construction began in April 2018 and was completed in August 2019.



As Interstate 5 passes through Roseburg, it crosses the South Umpqua River at milepost 124.5 near the local V.A. grounds. The southbound and northbound bridges (built in 1955 and 1976, respectively) are located side by side and are known collectively as "Vets Bridge" due to their location and similar appearance.

Prior to construction, both structures were experiencing several problems: failure of the paint covering the steel truss, non-functioning bearings that were caked with debris and dust, minor cracking in the surface of the bridge deck, and failure of the bridge joints.

This project repainted the steel truss, repaired or replaced bearings and joints, and sealed cracks on the deck with a thin bonded overlay. The bridge was also strengthened to better withstand earthquakes.

Project map



I-5 | ​Interstate 5, MP 124.5 -- Vets Bridge is located in Roseburg, north of the I-5 Harvard interchange (Exit 124).

Cost and Funding

Funding: $13,442,000 (Statewide Transportation Improvement Program)

Total project cost: $9,292,403.67 (estimate)

Successful bid: $7,785,634.57

(Cost and funding figures updated March 27, 2019.)


​F.D. Thomas​ (Central Point, Oregon)

Additional Information

​Project website:​

Contacts & Media

Image Gallery

Project Contact

Public Information Officer
Dan Latham

Get Project Alerts

Follow ODOT on Facebook

Last Updated

9/16/2019 11:32 AM

Project Number


Project Documents

Related documents to this project
R3-VetsBridge-INFO.pdfProject Information Sheet (May 7, 2018)
R3-VetsBridge-MAP.jpgMap of project area (May 7, 2018)

Your browser is out-of-date! It has known security flaws and may not display all features of this and other websites. Learn how