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US-197: The Dalles (Columbia River) Bridge Deck Replacement

Construction Phase

Region 4: Central Oregon (The Dalles, Wasco)

​​​​​​​​​​​Bridge Safety Project


Construction Impacts

Construction work has already begun. Currently, travelers can expect to see delays of up to 20 minutes weeknights between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. due to single lane closures. During these times, traffic will be controlled by flaggers. A temporary construction speed zone has been put in place across the bridge, reducing the speed to 35 mph.  This speed reduction will remain in effect until the project is completed next year.

Full weekend closures of The Dalles Bridge have begun, and will and last until the weekend before Memorial Day 2022. Closures are scheduled from 8 p.m. Thursday nights through 6 a.m. Monday mornings. 

The bridge will remain open for the holiday weekends of Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year. 

During the closures, a detour will route traffic across the bridge at Biggs Junction. See map.


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Meetings and Events


Bridge construction is occurring, requiring full closure of The Dalles (Columbia River) Bridge between Washington and Oregon from 8 p.m. on Thursdays – 6 a.m. on Mondays. Use an alternate route. The established, signed detour route is via I-84, US97 at Biggs Jct. and SR14 to the east. Full bridge closures will occur every weekend through May 23. Crews will continue bridge deck replacement and continue forming new concrete panels at their pre-cast yard location.​


Contract Bid Let - Fall 2020

Construction - Spring 2021 - 2022



ODOT, in partnership with the Washington Department of Transportation, will improve the safety and upgrade The Dalles Columbia River Bridge. The project includes:
  • Replacing the existing concrete bridge deck
  • Replacing bridge rail
  • Installing new illumination and navigation lights system across the bridge
  • Installing bridge screening over the locks and BNSF Railway​


U.S. 197 | The Dalles Columbia Bridge spans the Columbia River between The Dalles, OR and Dallesport, WA. 

Cost and Funding

Total project cost is just under $41 million. The cost is shared 50/50 with Washington Department of Transportation.


​Hamilton Construction

What Problem Will This Improve?

This steel-truss-cantilever bridge on U.S. 197 was constructed in 1953. The existing bridge deck is failing and needs to be replaced. This bridge crosses the Columbia River and is a crucial connection point between the Dalles, Oregon and Dallesport and Murdock, Washington. This project will remove and replace the existing​ bridge deck and make critical safety repairs. ​

Contacts & Media

The Dalles Bridge

Project Contacts

Community Affairs Coordinator
Kacey Davey

Project Manager
Brad DeHart

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Last Updated

1/18/2022 5:05 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
DallesBridgeClosure.pdfDalles Bridge Closure Information
DallesBridgePIP.pdfThe Dalles Bridge Deck Replacement Project Information Paper

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