Survey work on the Hood River Toll Bridge is taking place only during the night hours so that fewer commuters will have travel delays.
The Port of Hood River decided on Monday that it would better serve motorists to have the work done from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m. instead of during the daytime. The public agency is compiling data during the next two weeks for the upcoming redecking of the structure.
A crew from Westlake Consultants, Inc., is performing the survey and one-lane closures could bring crossing delays of up to 20 minutes. However, there will be no work performed on either Friday or Saturday nights.
Once the survey has been completed, Christie Constructors, Inc., will begin the 18-month redecking of the 51-year-old steel deck. The $6.7 million project will replace the metal crossing panels, stringers and guardrails. While that work is underway, the bridge is expected to be shut down except to emergency traffic from Sunday through Thursday from 9:30 p.m. to 5 a.m., with no closures on Friday, Saturday or major holidays.
The port said the inconvenience of traffic delays during the major project will be offset by safer passage. When the work is completed, the bridge will have a new steel-grid surface that will not require the ongoing maintenance that has slowed vehicle crossing each spring and fall.
The public entity expects the redecking to extend the useful life of the structure by 20 years or more. Updates on the project will be advertised in the media and posted on the agency’s Website, www.portofhoodriver.com.