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.