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From: Ellen Rogalin, Clackamas County Department of Transportation & Development, 503-742-4274

01-12-18

Clackamas County

Media and Interested Parties

Carver Bridge approaches to be completed this summer; includes new traffic signal, Clear Creek Bridge repairs

Clackamas County transportation officials now expect that all work related to the Carver Bridge – new water line, completed bridge approaches and a new traffic signal – will be completed by the end of 2018.  

It’s been a long time coming.

According to Mike Bezner, the county’s Assistant Director of Transportation, the new bridge opened on time in 2014, but before work could be completed on the bridge approaches the county was faced with utility issues and legal challenges.  

Those problems have finally been resolved, but now Clackamas River Water (CRW) needs to install a water line under both of the bridge approaches and across the bridge.  According to Bezner, CRW is committed to completing that by June 30, and the county plans to begin work on the approaches immediately after that. 

County traffic engineers are looking at options for helping traffic flow more safely and quickly through the area before the work is completed, but so far have not been able to identify any options that wouldn’t cause other traffic problems.

Design work is also being completed on a traffic signal for the Highway 224/Springwater Road intersection on the north side of the bridge. 

The Oregon Department of Transportation is completing technical work in preparation for that signal, which is expected to be installed this summer. 

In addition, repairs will be made on the Springwater Road Bridge over Clear Creek just southeast of the Carver Bridge. The work at the two bridges will be coordinated to maintain traffic flow and allow equipment to be moved from one site to another. 

At Clear Creek, the asphalt concrete and bridge approaches will be repaired to provide safer movement of vehicles and a smoother transition, and reduce impact to the bridge structure. 

The Carver Bridge delays have been frustrating and inconvenient for area residents, businesses and travelers. 

“Though the finished product will be a big improvement that will be with us for decades to come,” Bezner said, “we recognize that the process has been painful for our residents and travelers, and apologize for the inconvenience this has caused.”

Project updates are available at http://www.clackamas.us/engineering/carverbridge.html

For more information, contact Stan Monte at 503-742-4678 or stanmon@clackamas.us.

 

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