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Bridge repairs completed near Cascade Locks; Wood Village to complete pair of road projects

COURTESY PHOTO: ODOT - Forest Lane Bridge, over I-84 in the Columbia River Gorge, is reopened after months of work. Forest Lane Bridge reopens

A bridge spanning Interstate 84 in the Columbia River Gorge has been reopened after several months of work on the low-height structure.

Forest Lane Bridge, located near Cascade Locks, now allows for taller freight to use the route between Troutdale and eastern Oregon without detours. There will still be periodic closures on Northwest Forest Lane and Frontage Road as crews clean up the work area.

To stay updated on all the work within the Gorge, the Oregon Department of Transportation has released a new interactive map. Visit to learn about the projects and potential traffic impacts.

Smooth driving in Wood Village

Wood Village is completing a pair of road projects that will make conditions safer for pedestrians and smoother for drivers.

Halsey Street has always been a headache to cross, especially on nights were events like a McMenamin's Edgefield concert brings extra crowds. So the city is installing three rectangular rapid-flashing beacon crossings that will make it easier and safer to cross Halsey.

They will be located between 244th and 234th Avenues, and will be funded in part through an Oregon Department of Transportation grant and the city's Urban Renewal Agency. The crossings will break ground in October and be completed in December.

Wood Village is also set to replace sections of 236th Avenue between Arata Road and Shannon Street. Crews will cut out and patch heavily damaged and distorted sections of pavement, sealing cracks, and laying a sealing coat over the road.

The treatment should improve the roadway while preventing the need for more expensive repairs in the future. The work will be completed by the end of September.

Safely dispose of unwanted meds in Troutdale

The city of Troutdale is offering solutions for folks with unwanted or expired medication in their homes.

Through a partnership with nonprofit Medication Education & Disposal Project, Troutdale residents can dispose of prescription and over-the-top counter medications in two ways. For a mail-in option, residents can pick up two postage-paid envelopes to put medication in the original container or sealed bag then send via USPS.

Residents can also bring their old meds to a drop-off location, which can be found online at

Either way make sure to protect your privacy by removing any personal identification or labels before disposing of the medications. Medications that are not accepted include animal prescriptions, herbal remedies, vitamins, supplements, cosmetics, personal care products, medical devices, batteries, mercury-containing thermometers, sharps, illicit drugs, pet pesticides, medical waste, aerosol spray cans, flammable materials, injector medications and inhalers.

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