Oregon bridge restricts load limits

| 8/28/2001

As of Sept. 4, the Oregon Department of Transportation will prohibit trucks over 80,000 gross weight from the Highway 126 bridge (mile post 17.9) over the Crooked River in Prineville. The bridge will undergo repair work for shear cracks in the concrete girders, which lessen the load-carrying capacity of the bridge.

The bridge is reportedly safe for traffic under 80,000 pounds. Engineers monitoring the bridge cracks, however, may call for additional restrictions if the bridge's condition worsens.

Truckers headed east should deter north on Highway 97 to Madras and south on Highway 26 to Prineville. Truckers head west should drive north on Highway 26 to Madras and south on Highway 97 to Redmond. The detour adds 32 miles to the route.

The junction of Highway 26 and 97 has been realigned to allow safer turning for large trucks.