Moving Ahead - Summer 2014

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New Applegate River Bridge SET TO OPEN IN A FEW WEEKS

Right on schedule, U.S. 199 motorists can expect to transition from a temporary structure to the new Applegate River Bridge within the next few weeks.

concrete pours. The detour structure kept traffic moving during demolition of the 58-year-old bridge and construction of its replacement.

The $5.9 million bridge replacement project, headed by prime contractor Carter and Company of Salem, is scheduled for completion this fall. The Applegate River Bridge is located eight miles west of Grants Pass on the Redwood Highway.

“The roadway approaches to the bridge are nearly finished and the contractor is working on the rail,” said ODOT Project Manager Ted Paselk. “When that’s done, we’ll get traffic back on the original alignment. I’m sure folks traveling to the coast and Cave Junction will welcome that.”

The contractor maintained a steady pace over the winter, tying steel to the concrete beams and working on

Once U.S. 199 traffic switches onto the new bridge, Carter and Company will begin the task of removing the


June 6, 2014