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Repairs underway on Ashland’s

WATER STREET BRIDGE

Prime contractor Wildish Standard Paving started a 12-week repair project on Ashland’s Water Street Bridge last month that will extend the life of the bridge at least another 25 years, according to ODOT bridge engineers. Built in 1956, the bridge serves northbound Lithia Way traffic as it spans both Ashland Creek and Water Street near the Ashland Plaza. Absent a repair project, the bridge – with moderate cracks in its deck and support structure – would be posted with load limits that prevent heavier vehicles, from commercial trucks to fire trucks, from crossing. “The project is designed to extend the bridge life at least another 25 years,” said Public Service Representative

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Dennis Steers, “with the least cost and disruption to the community.” ODOT hosted two open houses, in November 2010 and early last month, at the nearby Plaza Inn and Suites to inform the Ashland community of impacts from the bridge repair project slated for completion in mid-May. The agency worked with the Ashland Chamber of Commerce and nearby businesses to develop a schedule that finishes no later than Memorial Day weekend, the official start of the summer tourism season. The project’s first stage began under the bridge, where crews injected epoxy-based glue into the interior girders and cross beams. The second stage requires a transition to the bridge deck