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Carver Bridge Construction Update

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Visual simulation of selected bridge design.

The New Carver Bridge is Open to Traffic!

As of February 13, 2014, the new Carver Bridge is open to traffic. However, the area remains a construction zone, so reduced speed limits and occasional delays will continue through 2014.

Deconstruction of the detour bridge has begun and will continue through the spring and summer of 2014. The separate work bridge built downstream will be removed in late summer 2014.

Because of the limited amount of time work is allowed in the Clackamas River (only 6-8 weeks per year) and the need to carefully stage construction activities to keep traffic moving, the new Carver Bridge will not be totally completed until fall 2014. The new two-lane bridge has sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides.

Construction to replace the Carver Bridge began in spring 2012, after several years of planning and outreach. The bridge was replaced at its previous location. The project included a detour bridge next to the bridge under construction to allow traffic to flow as usual during the three-year bridge replacement project. This detour bridge remained open until the new permanent Carver Bridge opened to traffic in February 2014. A separate work bridge was built downstream to aid in the demolition and removal of the existing Carver Bridge.

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Traffic traveling on the new Carver Bridge

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Profile view of the new Carver Bridge and retaining wall


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New sidewalks on the new Carver Bridge

Construction Work:

There is construction activity requiring partial lane closures at both ends of the new bridge. Flaggers are present as needed to maintain traffic flow through the area and to direct construction vehicles into and out of the project site.

Through summer 2014 there are four major construction efforts:

  • Removal of the detour bridge by the end of March, followed by construction of a 220-foot retaining wall on the south side of the river;

  • Installation of the final shafts and columns girders at each end of the bridge to support the last sections of deck;

  • Final construction / reconstruction of the roadway approaches, and

  • Removal of the work bridge.
The speed limit in the project area is 25 mph for public and construction worker safety. The contractor is keeping all new bridge lanes open during the morning and afternoon commute. For more information, please see the Lane Closure Policy below.

Please continue to check this website for construction updates and project photos. You can also sign up for project email updates by clicking the link at the top of the page. Email updates are sent when construction activities will pose significant traffic impacts.

Work Days and Hours

Construction activities primarily take place Monday through Friday, with work occurring on Saturdays as needed. Construction activity will not occur on Sundays.

Construction hours are primarily limited to:

  • 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on weekdays
  • 8 a.m.-7 p.m. on Saturdays as needed
  • No construction on Sundays

Lane Closure Policy

During the work week, all bridge lanes are kept open from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. to accommodate morning and afternoon commuter traffic. Lane closures are only permitted on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. as needed to ensure public safety. During these times, the contractor is permitted to temporarily close one or both of the travel lanes for up to 20 minutes.

River Traffic

Construction activities will occur above the river and in areas of the river isolated to contain construction debris. Directional buoys and signage have been installed to safely direct river users through the construction area. Flaggers are in the river as needed and will temporarily stop boaters and swimmers from traveling under the bridge during work in and above the active channel.

Project Information Line

If you have questions or comments, please call the project information line at (503) 736-4800.