Repair project scheduled for
Ashland’s Water Street Bridge
Ashland’s Water Street Bridge is slated for repairs in 2011. The bridge, which handles northbound traffic on Lithia Way near the Ashland Plaza, needs strengthening and repairs to avoid posting load limits that would keep heavier vehicles, from commercial trucks to fire trucks, off the structure. “The bridge is 55 years old and, like many things of that age, it needs some work,” said ODOT Project Leader Jayne Randleman. Last summer, ODOT bridge inspectors examined the bridge and found moderate cracking in the girders and cross beams underneath the bridge as well as the need to strengthen the bridge deck.
“If we don’t fix the bridge, Ashland’s economy will suffer,” Randleman said. “The bridge plays an important Our goal is to reduce role for local construction impacts businesses that need goods and avoid as much of delivered and the Oregon Shakespeare shipped along Festival as possible. Lithia Way.
ODOT Project Leader Jayne Randleman
ODOT currently estimates the repair project could take up 12 weeks to
complete. The project is expected to start in late winter or early spring due to temperature requirements. However, the agency is working with nearby businesses and residents as well as the Ashland Chamber of Commerce to develop a schedule with the least disruption possible, finishing up no later than Memorial Day weekend, the official start of the summer tourism season.
November 12, 2010
“Our goal is to reduce construction impacts and avoid as much of the Oregon Shakespeare Festival as possible. We understand its importance to the community.”