View From Oregonia Welcome Center Overlook. (Used Under Creative Commons License, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
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Demolition finished 4/23/17.
But hey... This was supposedly a bridge at risk for structural failure! NOT!!
One for the good guys, sort of...
Part of the northbound span has been demolished:
And Craig, I can sure tell you, there's NO beauty in new concrete. The new bridge is horribly ugly, and I would be very surprised if this new bridge is not replaced in 50 years or less, knowing the cheap materials and workmanship that go into most of these new bridges. Glad you like it, but I hate it.
I drive a cement truck for Spurlino Materials (the company supplying all the concrete for the construction project) Trust me, these bridges are in desperate need of replacing. The look of the new ones aren't very visable right now as it sits directly between the old ones, but after the old northbound bridge is demolished, I think you may have another opinion. Enjoy the looks of the old steel trusses while you still can they will be coming down if I'm not mistaken through the fall of 2013. Then you'll see the beauty of concrete.
It is very hard to photograph this bridge. I've seen it done. You can take the small trail that goes under the bridge and try that. You can hit it from the overlook, but it has to be the right combination of clear and no foliage. Or, you can rent a plane or helicopter and go from there... but I don't have the money for that :)
Drove over this bridge today on the way to other things. Replacement well.underway with a number of superstructure segments erected in between the two truss bridges. New bridge already looks uglier than sin. Historic brodge looks to be hard to photo with leaves on the trees and no place easy to park on the freeway with temporary construction barriers erected on the shoulders.
This demolition plan sheet from the replacement project plans shows the design and elevation view of this bridge.
Now the talk is for real.
Guess I'd better get busy getting some pics of it since it's not that far from me.