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State dedicates new I-84 bridge


Westbound bridge expected to open to traffic in July

by: OUTLOOK PHOTO: JIM CLARK - The new Sandy River Bridge officially opened on Tuesday, June 26. The $92.7 million bridge is the last of 149 bridges replaced over the past 11 years as part of the OTIA III State Bridge Delivery Program. The lane on the left is for bicycles and pedestrians. Officials gathered Thursday to dedicate the new Interstate 84 bridge over the Sandy River in Troutdale.

Construction began in April 2010 to replace the bridge at milepost 17.7 in both directions, and repair two bridges over Jordan Road east of the Sandy River at Exit 18.

ODOT expects to open the new westbound bridge to traffic in July, and finish the project in November.

The eastbound bridge is already open.

During a ceremony Thursday, June 26, ODOT Director Matthew Garrett praised the new Sandy River Bridge as an upgrade to the critical tourism, recreation and industrial sections of the state’s economy.

“We have strengthened the economic health of the state, created jobs for Oregonians and left a legacy of stronger bridge infrastructure throughout our state,” Garrett said.

The I-84 bridge, which cost $92.7 million for design and construction, is the last of 149 bridges replaced in Oregon during 11 years of an Oregon Transportation Investment Act III program, said Don Hamilton, spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

Joining in the ceremony were officials from the Federal Highway Administration, the city of Troutdale and numerous other partners and dignitaries.

Speakers included Karmen Fore, policy advisor for Gov. John Kitzhaber’s Sustainable Communities and Transportation, Phil Ditzler, FHWA Oregon division administrator, Scott Maguire, spokesman for U.S. Sen. Jeff Merkley; Oregon State Sen. Laurie Monnes Anderson, Oregon State Rep. Mark Johnson and Troutdale Mayor Doug Daoust.

The $1.3 billion state bridge program also repaired 122 aging bridges across the state, Hamilton said.

Sen. Monnes Anderson noted that she was serving in the Oregon House of Representatives when the transportation investment legislation passed.

 “I grew up in Gresham, so the Sandy River Bridge has special meaning for me,” said Monnes Anderson.

“I’ve watched ODOT build beautiful new bridges that complement the National Scenic Area’s distinctive landscape. As Oregonians, we can be proud of improving the interstate’s safety while preserving the scenery and the vistas of this pristine natural resource.”

 Over the next few months, work crews will align freeway ramps and finish landscaping around the new bridge, constructed by Hamilton Construction Co. of Springfield.