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Construction workers set forms during the construction of the Rock Point Bridge. A historical photo showcases the bridge’s guard rails.

“We are going to keep our promise to these businesses,” said ODOT Project Manager Joe Thomas. “Construction work will continue behind a barrier and there may be some night closures to allow critical work to continue but the Rock Point Bridge will be open for the summer.” According to Thomas, ODOT will allow the contractor to close the bridge again after the Labor Day weekend so the work can be completed. The $3.9 million rehabilitation project targets the bridge’s damaged deck and side rails as well as cracked concrete beneath the bridge. Wildish Standard Paving is using rebar-enforced concrete to replace the bridge’s original concrete

rails and urn-shaped balusters and applying a new bridge deck to the nearly 90-year old historic structure. The current detour directs drivers to use I-5 exit 40. In addition to coordinating with the Del Rio Vineyard and the Oregon Vortex, ODOT worked with emergency service providers and the Central Point School District to ensure necessary adjustments were made during the bridge closure. “Surprises happen when you’re working on a structure as old as the Rock Point Bridge,” Thomas said. “Thankfully, we’ve found a short-term solution that will satisfy the local businesses and allow us to get the repairs finished as soon as possible.”

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