8-month closure of Whiskey Hill Road over Pudding River begins June 1; Bridge to be replaced

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

Media and Interested Parties

Clackamas County will close the Whiskey Hill Road bridge over the Pudding River in order to replace the bridge. The closure will be in effect for all vehicles, including emergency vehicles, 24/7, from June 1, 2016 through January 31, 2017. 

The current two-lane bridge, which was built in 1931, is reaching the end of its functional life. While it is not at risk of collapsing, it is 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, means that cars and trucks traveling anywhere near the posted speed of 45 mph are forced to travel over the center line. This has resulted in numerous crashes over the years.

The new bridge will have 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 will overlap the location of the old bridge, but will be moved a little to the south on the east side to provide better sight distance. 

Project details and updates are available online

For more information, members of the media and public may contact Project Manager Stan Monte at 503-742-4678.