Clackamas County’s closure of the Whiskey Hill Road Bridge over the Pudding River to replace the bridge will likely continue until May 1.
The closure began June 1, 2016, and the original plan was to be able to open the new bridge at the end of January 2017. However, work crews have run into some problems with construction of the shaft, which is slowing down progress on the project.
The bridge is being replaced because, having been built in 1931, it was reaching the end of its functional life. While it was not at risk of collapsing, it was very narrow (only 20 feet wide) with a minimal shoulder. These factors, along with the horizontal curve on the west end and poor sight distance from either approach, meant that cars and trucks traveling anywhere near the posted speed of 45 mph were forced to travel over the center line. That resulted in numerous crashes over the years.
The new bridge has two 12-foot wide travel lanes with a 10-foot shoulder on the south side and a 6-foot shoulder on the north side. The new bridge overlaps the location of the old bridge, but is being moved a little to the south on the east side to provide better sight distance.
For more information, contact Project Manager Stan Monte at 503-742-4678.