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OR 82: Bear Creek (Wallowa River) Bridge Replacement

Construction Phase

Region 5: Eastern Oregon (Wallowa, Wallowa)

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​We are replacing the Bear Creek (Wallowa River) Bridge near Wallowa, Oregon.​


Traffic Impact

Possible flaggers and delays up to 20 minutes, seven days a week, to accommodate removal of old bridge.

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.


For the week of July 22:
The contractor is in the process of removing the existing bridge.
Crews are expected to work seven days a week.

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



Enlarged project map.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

Construction is estimated at $17.2 million.


​HP Civil, Inc. | Stayton, OR

Contacts & Media

Aerial view of bridge looking north. March 2022.

Project Contact

Region 5 Community Affairs Specialist
Vicki L Moles
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Last Updated

7/19/2024 1:42 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.