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Minor traffic delays at Carver Bridge construction site May 21-23

Clackamas County’s three-year project to replace the Carver Bridge over the Clackamas River includes a detour bridge right next to the bridge under construction. That is why traffic has been moving smoothly and almost routinely as the work has continued. But for three days in May, Tuesday through Thursday, May 21-23, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., there will be short traffic delays as the contractor works to set bridge beams for the new bridge.

These brief closures are needed for both the safety of the traveling public, and the safety and efficiency of the workers. Though the delays are scheduled to last no more than 10 minutes at a time, Clackamas County project manager Stan Monte warns that, if there is a problem, a delay could last longer.

“Setting beams is a challenge under the best of circumstances,” Monte says, “and if we run into a problem that slows things up, we can’t stop in the middle.”

In order to keep traffic flowing as usual during the three-year bridge replacement project, the county chose to build a detour bridge right next to the old bridge so that travelers would not have to go out of their way. That detour bridge will remain open until the new permanent Carver Bridge opens in 2014.

Project updates and background information are available at People can also send an email to to be added to the list to receive construction updates by email.

For more information, contact Stan Monte at 503-742-4678 or


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