Oregon finishes bridge repair, re-opens to heavy trucks

| 11/1/2001

Trucks more than 80,000 pounds no longer must make the 32-mile detour around Oregon's Crooked River bridge near Prineville. Work to repair shear cracks in the bridge's concrete girders has been completed.

The Highway 126 bridge has been restricted to oversize commercial vehicles since mid-September when the cracks were found. The Oregon Department of Transportation immediately began injecting epoxy into the cracks and then drilled holes in the deck and installed 2,000 steel rods and plates around the girders to help strengthen the bridge.ODOT made repairs to the bridge a high priority because numerous trucks hauling weights more than 80,000 pounds use the route. The detour route, Highway 97 to Madras and Highway 26 to Prineville, added 32 miles to the haul route for trucks.