City installs new wooden foot bridge

Willow Creek walking path will once again be open

by: Photo By Susan Matheny - City crews install the new foot bridge over Willow Creek on Dec. 20. The former bridge had been washed out in December of 2005.

   Pedestrians are a step closer to being able to walk the complete route of the Willow Creek walking path following the installation of a new bridge Dec. 20.
   The old, small wood and metal bridge was washed off its footings during a December 2005 flood of the Madras area.
   The two-year delay was due to filling out paperwork and waiting for flood damage funding to be released by the Federal Highway Administration to the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
   According to Gus Burril, Madras city public works director, the whole new bridge project cost $141,000, with $105,810 of that coming from a grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department.
   Contech Bridge Solutions of Alexandria, Minn., designed a new 80-by-100-foot steel bridge and delivered it to Madras last Thursday, where it was installed.
   "City crews did the excavation and backfill of the footings. We hired K&N Contracting of Terrebonne to pour the concrete footings," Burril said.
   The steel bridge itself cost $44,865, and the remaining funds were used to build the extra-high footings, and will cover work to repair 150 feet of trail, landscaping, and purchase three new trail lights.
   Burril said the bridge still has to have concrete deck poured before it is usable, and estimated it would be done in two to three weeks.
   "Then we have to finish the trail lighting and irrigation system for the trees, which will probably take a month," he said.
   "Due to its height and footing size, this bridge is built to withstand major floods in the future and we're confident it will be there for a long time in years to come," Burril said.