WSDOT to reopen I-82 bridge after $11 million bridge deck reconstruction

Picture courtesy Washington State Division of Transportation.

The Umatilla Bridge that carries southbound Interstate 82 over the Columbia River from Washington to Oregon is predicted to reopen by the tip of June after being closed for 2 years for an $11 million reconstruction undertaking to interchange its growing old deck, the Tri-Metropolis Herald reviews.

The unique metal truss construction which was inbuilt 1955. A second bridge was added in 1988 to permit two lanes of visitors in each instructions. After years of damage and tear, the older bridge’s deck reached some extent the place it was positioned on Washington’s listing of structurally poor bridges.

All visitors was diverted to the newer bridge whereas repairs had been carried out to the outdated bridge. Though the bridge will open a while this week, WSDOT says there’ll nonetheless be some lane closures as employees full repairs.

In line with the information company, Washington and Oregon share duty for all 9 “Border Bridges” crossing the Columbia, however Washington took the lead on this undertaking.