Weekend closure of Southbound Barbur Boulevard
July 08, 2014
This second weekend closure is part of the project rehabilitating two bridges.
The southbound lanes of Southwest Barbur Boulevard will be at closed Capitol Highway from Friday night to early Monday for work on the Vermont Street Bridge.
The lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, July 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, July 14. The northbound lanes will remain open through the weekend. As a detour, southbound motorists may take Capitol Highway to Bertha Boulevard which leads back to Barbur Boulevard.
Southbound bicyclists may use a dedicated bike lane through the work zone during the closure. Southbound bicyclists and motorists should use extreme caution. Watch for motorists turning onto the detour route on Capitol Highway and bicyclists continuing straight on Barbur Boulevard.
The speed limit in the work zone is now reduced to 35 mph around the clock. Motorists should also expect increased speed enforcement during the project on Barbur Boulevard.
ODOT is rehabilitating the Vermont and Newbury bridges on Barbur just south of Capitol Highway in the Hillsdale area. The bridges, built in 1934, cross two ravines and are both are in need of repair due to water seeping in the joints, which causes the steel rebar inside the bridge deck to rust.
ODOT will repair the concrete deck of both bridges at the bridge joints, improve drainage, improve the ramps leading to the existing walkways, install a taller safety railing and replace signs on both bridges.
The work this weekend will be replacing the wooden caps on the Vermont Street Bridge with steel to prevent future cracking and rotting.
The project website, www.barburbridges.org, will be updated regularly with the latest information.