ODOT Moving Ahead - April 2011

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Ashland bridge work


An Oregon State Bridge construction worker smooths fresh concrete during a recent deck pour on the new Ashland Interstate 5 exit 19 bridge.

Construction crews at Ashland’s Interstate 5 exits – exit 14, the Green Springs Highway (Oregon 66) and exit 19, the north Ashland interchange – made strides during the winter. At exit 14, prime contractor Concrete Enterprises of Stayton set sixteen concrete bridge beams on either side of the existing exit 14 bridge. The next stage of the bridge widening project is underway with crews doing concrete work to tie the new supports to the top of the bridge. The contractor also completed work to lower the I-5 roadbed so that it meets today’s clearance standards (17.4 feet). “Traffic is flowing about as well as can be expected,” said Public Service Representative Dennis Steers. “Keeping southbound I-5 traffic on a median detour helps the contractor work in the bridge widening and gives workers a safe refuge off of the Ashland Street overpass.”


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Once the exit 14 project is completed, the refurbished bridge will have two travel lanes, a center turn lane, bicycle lanes and sidewalks. Lighting, traffic signals and a short median on the west side of the interchange are also part of the new design. Concrete pours at exit 19 Meanwhile, at the exit 19 bridge replacement project, prime contractor Oregon State Bridge Construction of Aumsville spent the winter constructing the first half of the new bridge. Work included setting steel beams and pouring concrete for the new bridge deck. “The plan right now is to get traffic on the new bridge by Memorial Day,” said Steers. “Then, the contractor can tear down the other half of the old bridge and build a new one where the existing structure is now.” According to Steers, much of the winter construction work was off the roadway, so local traffic on Valley View Road was unaffected.