Routine inspections cause overnight closures on St. Johns Bridge

St Johns Bridge (KATU News)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The St. Johns Bridge will be closing overnight for the next six days beginning Monday.

ODOT says they will wait until after the evening commute to close the bridge at 8 p.m. This is for a federally mandated thorough inspection of the bridge that happens every two years on all the bridges ODOT maintains.

Don Hamilton, a spokesman for ODOT told KATU, "We’re to going involve scopes that are going to route themselves under the bridge and all around. And we’re going to have lifts that will bring inspectors up to look at the underside of the bridge."

The St. Johns Bridge is still the only steel suspension bridge in the Willamette Valley. It was built in 1931 and maintained by ODOT because it's the bypass route for Highway 30.

“The neighbors there, we hope that they understand this is all part of making this bridge safe. We need to keep this bridge functioning as long as we can,” Hamilton added.

The good news is that during the closure, if you bike, walk or take TriMet over the bridge, you can still cross. Car and truck traffic will not be able to pass during the nightly closures from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Sunday, Feb. 11.

READ MORE | ODOT will close St. Johns Bridge for 6 nights for routine inspections

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