ODOT progresses on Abernethy Bridge construction beneath I-205
Work beneath the Abernethy Bridge is well underway, with construction crews preparing the area around the bridge and in the river to build a temporary work bridge in the water.
The Oregon Department of Transportation began construction earlier this year as part of the I-205 improvements project, which will see the freeway, including the bridge, widened and seismically retrofitted.
For now, the project requires single-lane closures of Highway 43 near the I-205 on-ramp as well as single-lane closures on Clackamette Drive.
Later this month, work around the bridge will necessitate night-time closures of the I-205 onramp at Highway 43, as well as nightly single-lane closures for both directions of the freeway.
Recreators on the Willamette River are also prohibited from creating wakes in the zone through 2024 and must stay at least 200 feet from the large barges currently anchored beneath the bridge.
Crews have created a pedestrian walkway beneath the bridge, so recreators can still walk from the entrance to West Bridge Park on Territorial Drive to the McLean House on River Street.
The initial phase of the I-205 project is expected to last through 2025, with the second phase continuing through 2027.
To widen the freeway and allow for the addition of a third lane in each direction, ODOT plans to shift both the northbound and southbound portions of the bridge.
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