Visual simulation of selected bridge design.
Minor traffic delays at Carver Bridge construction site May 21-24
During four days in May, Tuesday through Friday, May 21-24, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., there will be short traffic delays as the contractor works to set bridge beams for the new bridge.
These brief closures are needed for both the safety of the traveling public, and the safety and efficiency of the workers. Delays are scheduled to last no more than 10 minutes at a time but could last longer.
Construction will return to the normal schedule after May 24. For more information, please see the project's Lane Closure Policy below.
Construction to replace the Carver Bridge began in spring 2012, after several years of planning and outreach. The bridge will be replaced at its present location. The project includes a detour bridge right next to the bridge under construction to allow people access through the area during construction. This detour bridge allows traffic to flow as usual during the three-year bridge replacement project so that travelers do not have to go out of their way. This detour bridge will remain open until the new permanent Carver Bridge opens in fall 2014. A separate work bridge has been built downstream to aid in the demolition and removal of the existing Carver Bridge.
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 completed until fall 2014. The new two-lane bridge will have sidewalks and bike lanes on both sides.
Excavation activity requiring partial lane closures is located at both ends of the detour bridge. Flaggers will be present to maintain traffic flow through the area and to direct construction vehicles into and out of the project site.
Two major construction efforts will take place through the fall of 2014, when the new Carver Bridge is scheduled to open for traffic:
During the traffic detour, the speed limit in the project area will be kept to 25 mph for public and construction worker safety. The contractor will attempt to minimize delays by keeping all detour bridge lanes open during the morning and afternoon commute. For more information, please see the project's Lane Closure Policy below.
- Construction of the new Carver Bridge, from the installation of the in-water support structure and bridge girders through the pouring of the concrete deck sections.
- Removal of the temporary detour and work bridges.
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.
Tuesday through Friday, May 21-24, between 8:30 a.m. and 3:30 p.m., there will be short traffic delays as the contractor works to set bridge beams for the new bridge.
All other construction activity will 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
No construction on Sundays
During the work week, all bridge lanes will be kept open from 7-8:30 a.m. and 4-6 p.m. to accommodate morning and afternoon commuter traffic. Lane closures will only be permitted on weekdays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and 6 p.m.-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 periods not to exceed 20 minutes in duration.
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 will be in the river as needed during this time and will temporarily stop boaters and swimmers from traveling under the bridge during work in and above the active channel.
If you have questions or comments, please call the project information line at (503) 736-4800.