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Construction starts on Scottsburg bridge replacement project

Right now, the project is in its early stages. Crews are chopping down and burning trees to clear a path for the new one.

Posted: Mar 5, 2020 6:39 PM

SCOTTSBURG, Ore. -- The Scottsburg replacement project has started, and residents are trying to adjust to the construction schedule.

The Scottsburg bridge sits on Highway 38, right outside of Reedsport. The project is being led by the Oregon Department of Transportation. It started a month ago, and crews are working to chop down and burn trees to clear a path for the new bridge.

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The idea is to build a new bridge, then tear down the old one when the new one is complete. ODOT officials told KEZI 9 News that the project should conclude in 2022.

Right now, the project is in its early stages. Crews are chopping down and burning trees to clear a path for the new one.

Scottsburg residents told KEZI 9 News they don’t mind the construction at all, because they believe the current bridge is very dangerous.

“This bridge, it’s old,” said Tresa Evans. “There’s been a lot of accidents. It’s real narrow. It was built in the late or early 20s.”

ODOT officials said there haven’t been any delays yet. However, crew members told KEZI 9 News that construction on the actual bridge should begin in May.

They said drivers should expect to see an outline of the new bridge this summer.

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