Mill Creek Bridge Load Rating Reduced By ODOT
The Oregon Department of Transportation has reduced the load rating for the Mill Creek Bridge on West 6th Street in The Dalles. The Dalles Public Works Department indicates it is due to a change in federal regulations for bridge load ratings. The result is that the maximum load rating will be reduced from 37 tons to 27 tons. The rating is somewhat lower for specialized hauling vehicles that have more axles and more weight in a shorter length. In a statement, The Dalles Public Works says it is evaluating options for strengthening the structure. Updated load limit signs have been posted.