Interstate Bridge Work Finishes Early, Closures Cancelled
The Port of Hood River announced Thursday repair work on the Hood River-White Salmon Interstate Bridge was completed a week ahead of schedule, and the remaining nighttime closures of the bridge have been cancelled. Contract crews from Abhe & Svoboda completed all repairs to the bridge portal frame, rail post replacement, hand rail pipe replacement, rocker bearing modifications, stringer connection modifications, floorbeam knee brace repairs, bottom chord slice repairs, and other miscellaneous steel repairs, with final punch list items completed on Wednesday night. Port Executive Director Michael McElwee expressed thanks to all for their patience and cooperation during the project, acknowledging the closures created long detours and serious delays for many commuters, shippers, and businesses that rely on the bridge. He added the nighttime closures enabled them to avoid months of daytime closures extending into summer and the fruit harvest season.