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The Dollarhide Overcrossing.

The Steinman Overcrossing.

Primarily used by homeowners living along the Old Siskiyou Highway, the Steinman (milepost 3.6) and Dollarhide (milepost 4.7) Overcrossings are loadlimited to prevent heavier vehicles from crossing the bridges.

passes both under and over the structure.”

“This rehabilitation project won’t change load limits on these bridges,” said ODOT Bridge Engineer Bob Grubbs. “The repairs are only designed to maintain the current capacity.”

According to Bell, a lot of drama was associated with the construction and the project ran into cost overruns ultimately resolved in court. However, the rough beginnings didn’t detour the State Highway Department.

Steers added that the low traffic volume on the Old Siskiyou Highway doesn’t warrant the need for a larger repair or replacement project. The project’s overall budget is $955,000.

The book states the Dollarhide Overcrossing was built for a cost of $5,900.

“The Dollarhide and Steinman Overcrossings started the department’s work on US 99. The Department was also beginning to focus on another well known roadway, the Columbia River Highway,” Bell said. “From its inception, the state highway department was interested in building a modern road network around Oregon.”

Transportation history The cost to construct these two bridges was shared by the state, Jackson County and the Southern Pacific Railroad. “Jackson County was proactive in tapping the state’s engineering expertise to design the bridges for consistency and state funding,” said ODOT Historian Christopher Bell. “The State Highway Department was looking for an opportunity to provide technical oversight.”

Jackson County was “ proactive in tapping the state’s engineering expertise to design the bridges for consistency and state funding.

Built by prime contractor J.W. Sweeney, the Dollarhide and Steinman Overcrossings have a storied place in Oregon’s transportation history.

— ODOT Historian Christopher Bell

Historic Highway Bridges of Oregon, by Dwight A Smith, James B. Norman, and Pieter T. Tykman, notes the “[Steinman Overcrossing] is the only known switchback on Oregon’s highway system where the roadway

The Bureau of Public Roads, a precursor to the Federal Highway Administration, was concerned about bridge construction. Oregon understood the need and the value, so the department focused on safety and consistency in bridge construction.

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Moving Ahead is a publication of the Mail Tribune Advertising Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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