Construction of the Van Buren temporary bridge in September. (Photo by Morgan Berryman/Orange Media Network)

To allow for reconstruction of the Van Buren Bridge, the Oregon Department of Transportation is shifting eastbound traffic to a temporary bridge on Nov. 15.

The project to reconstruct the bridge began in May of this year, and Hamilton Construction has been in the process of building a temporary bridge that will allow travel eastbound so that the Van Buren Bridge can be improved without having to deal with traffic.

According to Mindy McCartt, public information officer at the Oregon Department of Transportation, the old bridge is considered “seismically vulnerable,” and a project began for its removal and construction of a safe and earthquake ready new bridge.

The ODOT website states this new temporary detour bridge will include a separate path that will be shared by those on foot or bicyclists, as well as a temporary signal at Northwest Van Buren Avenue and Southwest First St.

For one block in each direction of Northwest Van Buren Avenue along Southwest First Street, ODOT will allow only one-way traffic.

McCartt mentioned that the new temporary bridge will be one lane only and that the “construction of the new permanent bridge will begin in early 2024 and will continue through most of 2025.”

Traffic will be moved onto the new permanent Van Buren Bridge in late spring or early summer of 2025, according to McCartt.

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Ellen Gonzalez is a news contributor for The Daily Barometer at Oregon State University.

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