PORTLAND — Repairs on the Interstate Bridge are expected to delay traffic southbound from Vancouver on Monday.
As many as three bridge lifts are needed to replace a broken part, meaning delays of up to twenty minutes. That’s usually not allowed between 9am and 2:30pm through an agreement with the Coast Guard.
“The work will be performed during the day so crews have enough daylight to carry out the task,” said ODOT’s Don Hamilton.
A 300-pound roller that guides the bridge down a track busted three weeks ago during a maintenance lift. The metal likely contracted in the cold temperatures. ODOT had to manufacture the part themselves. In the meantime, bridge lifts took up to twice as long because the span couldn’t be raised and lowered at its usual speed.
The roller was put into place today, but it won’t be in service until next week. Another bridge lift will be required during non-peak hours.
More than 124,000 vehicles cross the bridge daily over the Columbia River. The southbound span opened in 1958.