County to hold grand opening ceremony for Sand Creek Bridge
JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore. – The Josephine County Public Works department will host a grand opening for the Sand Creek Bridge restoration project Oct. 10 at 2 p.m. Representatives from Public Works will speak about the project and Josephine County Commissioner Dan DeYoung will perform a ceremonial “first drive” across the bridge.
Sand Creek Bridge, one of 118 maintained by Josephine County Public Works, is located on Sand Creek Road between Hartley Lane and Demaray Drive in unincorporated Josephine County near Rogue Community College. Heavy winter storms caused a catastrophic failure of a Grants Pass Irrigation District headwall structure downstream, which then undermined the abutments of and washed out Sand Creek Bridge in early 2017. The abutments were compromised to the point of rendering the bridge irreparable.
The bridge was closed for assessment and design in January 2017, with a one-mile detour established around the bridge from Jerome Prairie Road to Hartley Lane. Replacement of the bridge began in June and Timber Mountain Construction completed primary work the project in early October. David Evans and Associates provided the engineering design.
The replacement process took longer than usual because Josephine County applied for and received funding from the state of Oregon.
“As a result, none of the $1.5 million cost was borne by Josephine County Public Works,” said Robert Brandes, Josephine County Public Works director. “The process also extends the bridge from its original 31 feet to 81 feet. This won’t be noticeable to motorists but will ensure stability for the foreseeable future.”
The public is invited to attend the ceremony.
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Members of the media who wish to attend the ceremony are encouraged to RSVP with Jason Roberts, Josephine County web and public information officer, at 541.474.5151 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org by noon, Oct. 9.