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Bridge project, lake draining take toll

The Bull Run area is going to be in constant upheaval this summer, from the draining of Roslyn Lake to the Revenue Bridge project to the Bull Run Bridge project to Portland General Electric's dismantling of its hydroelectric project flume, which will close roads around Roslyn Lake.

'Basically we have three projects, and it will be one thing or another on the whole north side (of the district) through summer and into fall,' said Phil Schneider, Sandy Fire deputy chief.

For the Revenue Bridge project, local residents also will have to deal with three still-unscheduled closures for the Revenue Bridge on Ten Eyck Road.

Crews will keep at least one lane of traffic open on the bridge during the entire repair process, except for a 48-hour period when they will move large steel beams with cranes - an unsafe condition for motorists - a 96-hour period when the existing bridge is demolished, and another 48-hour period when additional beams are set up for the new bridge.

Darrel Burnum, county bridge maintenance supervisor, says he thinks overlap is possible for the Bull Run and Revenue projects.

'We've been out here for years, and nobody does anything out here,' said Roger Bell, Bull Run Community Planning Organization president. 'But once they decide to do something, they hit all of our bridges.'