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Agency’s first bridges scheduled for rehabilitation

The historic bridge has withstood nearly a century of motorists. When refurbished, the new bridge and rail will look as it was originally designed.

Over the past decade, the Oregon Transportation Investment Act repaired and replaced hundreds of bridges, focusing on removing freight bottlenecks statewide. Now, the agency is undertaking a bridge rehabilitation project this summer that touches back to its creation in 1913. Scheduled for rehabilitation are the Dollarhide and Steinman Overcrossings located on the Old Siskiyou Highway (Oregon 273), the first two bridges engineered by the State Highway Department. The project, scheduled for completion at the end of the summer, involves replacing bridge rails; cleaning and repairing cracked walls and spalled (flaking) girders; removing and replacing the road surface; and rehabilitating the historic rock wall.

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The construction work requires a sixweek closure on each bridge with the Steinman Overcrossing scheduled first. The rest of the work can be completed with flaggers providing traffic control. “Signing will be up weeks in advance of the bridge closures,” said Public Service Representative Dennis Steers. “We’ve worked closely with emergency service providers, the US Postal Service, and newspaper carriers to prepare for the bridge closures.” Primarily used by homeowners living along the Old Siskiyou Highway, the Steinman (mile point 3.6) and Dollarhide (mile point 4.7) Overcrossings are load-limited to prevent heavier vehicles from crossing the bridges. “This rehabilitation project won’t change load limits on these bridges,”