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Carver Bridge Construction Update

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View of new bridge from Carver Boat Ramp

New Carver Bridge remains open to traffic, but project completion delayed

The new Carver Bridge opened to traffic in February 2014 and the detour bridge and work bridge were removed by late summer 2014. However, because of issues related to a newly installed water line, the area remains a construction zone, so reduced speed limits and occasional delays continue. Until the water line issue is resolved, final paving of the approaches to the bridge will be delayed.

In the meantime, traffic can continue to use the new two-lane bridge.

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.

Hwy 224 Traffic Signal

Design of a new traffic signal at the intersection of Hwy 224 and Springwater Road in Carver is underway. Jurisdictional operating agreements are in the process of being approved and 30% design is complete. More information on the signal project can be found on the Clackamas County Project Website:

retaining wallProfile view of the new Carver Bridge and retaining wall

under the new bridgeConstruction of water quality treatment facility under the new bridge

downstream viewDownstream view of new bridge

Construction Work:

Construction activity for 2014 will stop in mid-December and is expected to resume in spring 2015. The existing lane configuration, 25 mph speed zone, and stop sign at the south end will remain in place over the winter until all construction is complete in 2015.

Major construction tasks to be accomplished before the project is completed in summer 2015 include:

  • Complete installation and testing of the new 18" waterline

  • Final paving on both the north and south ends of the bridge

  • Complete bridge and retaining wall painting

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) 416-6070.