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Melrose Road: Conn Ford Bridge Replacement Project

Construction Phase

Region 3: Southwestern Oregon (Roseburg, Douglas)

​​​​​​​​​​​The Conn Ford Bridge on Melrose Road was built in 1964 and has exceeded its design life. This project will construct a replacement bridge with two travel lanes for vehicles and wide shoulders for bicycles and pedestrians.​


Traffic Impact

The new bridge will be constructed on the same alignment as the old structure. A temporary two-lane detour bridge will accommodate Melrose Road tr​affic during construction.

Melrose Road closure postponed

The one-week closure of Melrose Road at the South Umpqua River, which had been scheduled for August 15-22, will be postponed at least one week.

The delay will give the contractor more time to build a temporary bypass bridge, which will be located next to the existing Conn Ford Bridge.

ODOT will announce the new dates for the closure as soon as that information becomes available.

Other ​Impacts​

Road closures: This project will require a one-week closure of Melrose Road in order to connect the road to the temporary detour bridge. A similar closure will be scheduled in 2024 to connect the road with the new permanent bridge.

Lane closures: At other times, motorists can expect intermittent single-lane closures with brief delays. Flaggers will provide traffic control as needed.


​Construction is expected to begin in March 2022. All work is scheduled to be completed by summer 2024.

Melrose Road will be closed at the bridge twice during construction. The first closure is expected in the summer of 2022 and the second in 2024.



​The Conn Ford Bridge spans the South Umpqua River about one mile west of Roseburg on Melrose Road. The bridge was constructed in 1964, when there was less traffic in the Melrose area, and has reached the end of its originally anticipated lifespan. The bridge has narrow shoulders and the rails do not meet current safety standards.

The bridge received a low sufficiency rating of 9 out of 100 based on three criteria: structural evaluation, obsolescence of design and importance to the public. The Federal Highway Administration uses sufficiency ratings to determine whether a bridge qualifies for repair funding (a score of less than 80) or replacement funding (less than 50).

This project will remove the existing bridge and replace it with a new two-lane structure on the same alignment that meets current standards. The new bridge will contain wide shoulders for pedestrian, bicycle and ADA access across the bridge.


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​Douglas County: The Conn Ford Bridge is located on Melrose Road, about one mile west of Roseburg.

Cost and Funding

​Construction Budget: $22,624,680.25 (responsive bid)

(NOTE: This project will replace two bridges, the Oakland Bridge and the Melrose (Conn Ford) Bridge. Cost and funding breakdowns for each bridge are not available at this time.)


Farline Bridge Inc. (Stayton, Oregon) 

Additional Information

​Project updates: ODOT will notify the public prior to any road closures or other major traffic impacts. Visit our GovDelivery page to sign up for e-mail updates​.

Related project: The Conn Ford (Melrose) Bridge Replacement is part of a two-project bundle that also includes the replacement of the Oakland Bridge on Old Highway 99.

Southwest Oregon projects: Learn about other ODOT projects​ in Coos, Curry, Douglas, Josephine and Jackson counties.

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Dan Latham

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Last Updated

8/8/2022 2:35 PM

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Related documents to this project
R3-Melrose-MAP-Detour.jpgDetour map for Melrose Road closure (2022)