• New Youngs Bay Bridge repair project to begin in March

    Major bridge work to take over two years to complete
    ASTORIA—Major repairs to the New Youngs Bay Bridge, an important connection between Astoria and Warrenton on U.S. 101, will begin in March. The extensive repair work is expected to take over two years to complete (2019-2021).

    What can the traveling public expect:

    • Periodic single lane closures at night to allow the contractor to move equipment. The lane closures will be Sunday night through Friday morning, 9 p.m. to 5:30 a.m.;
    • A complete two week night time closure of the bridge in 2021 toward the end of the project;
    • Night time delays during construction. An alternative route during periods of lane closures and the full closure is U.S. 101B over the Old Youngs Bay and Lewis and Clark River Bridges.
    The work consists of raising the lift span tower bracing above the high route clearance requirement, replacing rocker bearings, repairing the damaged concrete with cathodic protection and replacing compression joint seals. The bridge was built in 1963. Heavy traffic, direct exposure to the elements and rapid changes in temperature has caused deterioration to key bridge parts that need repairs.

    Initially in early March, the traveling public will notice the contractor building the containment structure that will be attached to the sides of the bridge, and a barge in the water with support boats bringing crew and materials to and from the barge. Once the containment structure is in place, actual construction will begin. Most of the construction will be performed below the bridge from the barge.

    Variable message signs will be posted at various locations to warn travelers of the construction and potential delays.

    Oregon State Bridge Construction, Inc. of Scio, Oregon is the contractor performing the work. The total cost of construction is $9 million.

    For the latest on the project, please visit the project web site athttps://www.oregon.gov/odot/projects/pages/project-details.aspx?project=18602

    Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones.

    For updates on traffic, go to www.TripCheck.com or call 511.

  • OTA President & CEO, Jana Jarvis