B Street closing for bridge replacement
B Street in Forest Grove will be closing for roughly three months beginning early next month.
The thoroughfare that runs east to west through Forest Grove and into Gales Creek from Highway 47, will be closed beginning July 6 due to bridge replacement on the east end of the street near SW Stringtown Road, and will be closed between Stringtown Road and Gales Creek. Detours will run north on Highway 47 to Elm St., then to 19th Ave. and/or Pacific Ave.
The 24.4-foot wide old timber bridge, located over Naylor Creek, was originally constructed in 1953 and was designated for repair as part of the Major Streets Transportation Improvement Program (MSTIP) 3e projects in 2015.
"The bridge is older and showing signs of decay," Washington County spokesperson Heather Sturgill said. "So we wanted to replace it before it has to be weight limited."
The road is classified as a rural arterial and carries more than 4,000 vehicles per day, 20 percent of which are classified as trucks. The new 36-foot wide multi-span concrete bridge will include two 12-foot travel lanes with 6-foot shoulders.
"The new bridge will better serve the volume of truck traffic that uses B Sreet with lower maintenance costs," Sturgill said prior to an open house in Forest Grove late last year.
B Street is scheduled to be closed until approximately Sept. 30, but completion of the roughly $2 million project – funded by the MSTIP3e – isn't expected to be completed until later in 2020.
"The road will open by September 30, but additional work may be needed," Sturgill said.
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