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OR 82: Bear Creek (Wallowa River) Bridge Replacement

Construction Phase

Region 5: Eastern Oregon (Wallowa, Wallowa)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Replace the Bear Creek (Wallowa River) Bridge near Wallowa, Oregon.


Traffic Impact

For the week of September 26:

Enlarged map of project area.

There are no changes to impacts. Single lane at bridge is in place. You can expect delays up to 20 minutes.

  • During work hours: Watch for flaggers or temporary traffic signal to direct traffic.
  • ​During non-work hours: Traffic will be controlled by the temporary traffic signal.

​The signal is expected to remain in place until both lanes are open to traffic early this fall.​

Meetings and Events

We held an online open house on May 12-31, 2021. The information presented in the open house remains available for review at the following link.​

Archived - OR 82: Bear Creek (Wallowa River) Bridge Replacement open house.


Construction is ongoing. Schedules are subject to change.

​For most of this summer, the contractor will be working on the new bridge foundations, abutments and river embankment retaining wall.

Work this week includes installing falsework (a temporary structure  that will support the new bridge during construction), constructing forms, and installing rebar for the new bridge. The contractor will place concrete at the first pier on Tuesday.

The contractor will reconstruct the existing roadway at the end of summer. Then both lanes will open and work will pause for the winter. 

This multi-year project is scheduled for completion in October 2024.



​The Bear Creek Bridge serves as the primary freight route and provides the only year-round access to Wallowa County without leaving the state. Continued deterioration in bridge conditions could result in a need to close the bridge, disrupting travel to and from the county.

Exposed rebar on bridge rail

The 80-year-old structure requires upgrades and repairs. The bridge is narrow. Freeze-thaw cycles have damaged concrete railings, sidewalk and other components. Erosion and debris jeopardize the bridge foundations. A proposed new bridge will increase freight mobility to support economic vitality, increase safety.

This project will replace the Bear Creek (Wallowa River) Bridge.

Key project components include:

   • Realign roadway and improve highway curve. Click on image below for a view of new alignment.
   • Widen bridge to improve vehicle and bike safety.
   • Remove issues with footings in the river.
   • New structure will be built to withstand seismic activity.





OR 82 | Milepost 45.8​.

Cost and Funding

​$14.7 million.


​HP Civil, Inc. | Stayton, OR

Contacts & Media

Aerial view of bridge looking north. March 2022.

Project Contacts

Region 5 Community Affairs Specialist
Vicki L Moles

Public Information Officer - ODOT Region 5
Tom Strandberg
541-963-1330, cell 541-663-6261

Last Updated

9/23/2022 1:53 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
20499-BearCreek.WallowaRiverBridge-Snapshot.pdfA brief overview of the project with costs and benefits.
20499_OR82_Bear Creek Bridge_Proj-Info-Paper_FINAL_021921.pdfProject Information Paper for OR82: Bear Creek (Wallowa River) Bridge replacement_021921