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ODOT inspections will close Steel Bridge lower deck next week

Posted by on March 1st, 2012 at 4:58 pm

Traffic Advisory from ODOT:

Inspections close freeway ramps and bike/ped trail

Routine inspections planned for March 5-12 on the Fremont and Steel Bridges

A contractor for ODOT plans to inspect the six east Fremont Bridge approaches (Interstate 405/Interstate 5 interchanges) and the Steel Bridge from Sunday, March 5, through Sunday, March 12. Inspections will close ramps from the I-405 and I-5 interchanges on the Fremont Bridge, the bicycle and pedestrian path on the lower deck of the Steel Bridge and the upper deck of the Steel Bridge for two nights…

The work will require intermittent single-lane and ramp closures to allow crews to safely use snooper trucks, bucket trucks, aerial lift platforms and ladders. Only one ramp will close at a time. During the ramp closures, drivers will follow a signed detour. The work will take place each night from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On both decks of the Fremont Bridge/I-405 from milepost 3.52 to 3.88
Steel Bridge bike and pedestrian path and upper deck closures

Inspections of the lower deck of the Steel Bridge require closing the lower deck and bicycle and pedestrian path Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Path users may use the upper deck during the path closures or use another bridge to cross the Willamette River.

The inspection work will close the upper deck of the Steel Bridge to all traffic on Saturday, March 11 and Sunday, March 12, from 1:50 a.m. to 5:30 a.m. During these closures motorists can use the Burnside, Morrison or Broadway Bridges.

Inspections of the Fremont and Steel Bridges are routine and take place every two years.

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  • Alexis March 1, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Um, why are they doing all the lower deck stuff during the day, but everything else at night? Are they under the impression that bicyclists are nocturnal?

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