Get ready for bridge closure

By on Tuesday, January 29th, 2019 in Local News

HERMISTON, Oregon – The bridge located on South First Street in Hermiston between Southeast Crestline and Southwest Desert Sky drives will fully close to all traffic starting Monday. The span will be fully replaced and the contractor working on the project has 45 days to complete all work with the replacement.

Traffic control and detour signage will be put in place during the day Friday notifying drivers of the impending closure, which will go into effect first thing Monday morning according to Assistant to the City Manager Mark Morgan.

“The fact that this bridge closure is going to cause some major challenges for people to navigate around really highlights how important this road section is now, and how it will continue to grow in importance in the future,” Morgan said. “Due to the canal and railroad crossings  in this area, there simply aren’t any easy detours, which is why our community continues to grow to the south. We need to work hard to develop additional street routes through this area.”

Morgan says motorists should plan for the closure to last the full 45 days. The replacement of the canal crossing on South First Street is one of several capital improvement priorities that were set by the Hermiston City Council in 2017.

The existing canal crossing is approaching the end of its useful life. It will be replaced with a much wider box culvert in order to accommodate continued growth along the key north-south corridor.