Oregon puts restrictions on two I-84 bridges

| 10/16/2001

The Oregon Department of Transportation is imposing weight restrictions on two westbound bridges along Interstate 84. Recent inspections have revealed cracks in the horizontal concrete beams supporting the bridges.

Trucks with axle weights above 20,000 pounds for single axles, over 34,000 pounds for tandem axles or trucks with a total weight exceeding 105,500 pounds will no longer be allowed on the westbound bridges. One bridge crosses Union Pacific tracks in Hood River (milepost 63.4) and the other spans the Sandy River in Troutdale (milepost 17.6).

Trucks are being redirected onto Oregon 35 (exit 64), which travels south before meeting up with U.S. 26 near Mt. Hood, and heading west to I-205. Repair work is expected to begin on the bridges soon, with temporary work expected to be completed by April 2002.