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Port, ODOT plan bridge, I-84 work

Two short-term projects, and a longer-term one, on Interstate 84 and on the Hood River Interstate Bridge start this week. Here are the details:

Bridge delays Sept. 7-8

Port of Hood River has announced intermittent closures of both lanes of the Hood River/White Salmon Interstate Bridge Sept. 7-8 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Port crews and bridge engineers will be conducting live testing of the bridge’s lift span, and technical crews will be installing cameras in the toll plaza. Each closure is expected be up to 20 minutes in duration. Bridge users should expect delays of 20 minutes or more during those hours.

For more information, call the Port of Hood River at 541-386-1645 or email porthr@gorge.net.

Repairs at exits 63, 64

Repairs, inspections and road maintenance will bring lane and ramp closures to Interstate 84 in Hood River Sept. 7 and 8.

Crews are hoping to take advantage of late summer warm weather to carry out a variety of work on two bridges on I-84 at the east side of Hood River.

Traffic impacts include:

The exit 63 on-ramp to I-84 eastbound will close at 7 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 7 until 7 a.m. Thursday Sept. 8. Travelers can use the Button Bridge Road on-ramp at exit 64 to travel east on I-84. Crews will repair damaged cement and inspect the bridge in preparation for installation of a new bridge deck, planned for late 2018 or early 2019. The Exit 64 off-ramp from I-84 to US 30/OR 35/Button Bridge Road will remain open during the work.

Only one eastbound and one westbound lane of I-84 will be open over Hood River, east of exit 64, from 7 a.m. Wednesday Sept. 7 until 7 a.m. Friday Sept. 9 while crews complete a bridge deck seal.

The bridge over Hood River was built in 1953. These repairs will help extend the life of the bridge and help travelers reach their destination safely.

For up-to-date travel information in Oregon dial 511 or visit www.TripCheck.com.

Rockfall project MP 61

A project to reduce the threat of falling rock on the south side of Interstate 84 west of Hood River gets underway Tuesday. Work will last until next spring.

The project will mean closures of the eastbound right lane at milepost 61.2, west of Hood River, but will have no impact on the westbound lanes.

The project will improve slope stability and install a 12-foot high, 223-foot barrier to reduce the potential for rocks falling onto the highway. The project will also remove loose rock from the hillside and install rock bolts and horizontal drains to improve long-term slope stability.

Travelers should know that:

The eastbound right lane will be closed around the clock starting Tuesday, Sept. 6 and will re-open by Nov. 21 in time for the winter holidays. This lane closure ensures the safety of workers and the traveling public during work on the hillside.

From Nov. 21 until May 2017, occasional closures of the eastbound right lane will take place around milepost 61.2.

When the lane is closed, eastbound travelers should expect delays of up to 20 minutes. The increased grade along this stretch of road may reduce truck speed and construction vehicles may be entering and exiting the roadway.

Bicyclists may continue to use the eastbound shoulder during construction but should use caution in the work area.

In February 2014, a large rockfall at milepost 61.2 blocked the eastbound lanes, closing the eastbound freeway for five days while crews removed rock and other material. Crews also scaled down the hillside to remove loose rock.

This stretch of hillside on the south side of I-84 has historically been a frequent site for rockfalls. During these events, rock and other material generally remain confined to the existing catchment area at the base of the slope, the ditch alongside off the highway. However, large events in 2003 and again in 2014 filled the catchment area and spilled out onto I-84, creating a safety concern for travelers as well as damaging the highway.

ODOT designed this project after a thorough analysis of the hillside after the 2014 rockfall.

For current travel information in Oregon dial 511 or visit www.TripCheck.com.



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