by: JEFF MCDONALD  - A K&E Excavation Inc. worker welds the foundation of a bridge footing as part of the Woodburn Interchange Project. The bridge will double in size when completed next year. A flurry of construction work began last week around the Interstate 5 overpass of the Woodburn Interchange Project as giant machines laid the foundation on what will be a new bridge.

Pedestrians will be redirected to cross the south side of the bridge during this stage of the project, said Lou Torres, spokesman for Oregon Department of Transportation, which is building the interchange.

Over the next year, the new bridge will take on a new design and double in size, Torres said.

Other work last week included the opening of a temporary southbound offramp at exit 271.

The ramp is one of four on- and off-ramps that will be redesigned as part of the $70 million project.

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