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TRAFFIC ALERT: Barbur Boulevard closure

The southbound lanes of Southwest Barbur Boulevard will be at closed Capitol Highway from Friday night to early Monday for work on the Vermont Street Bridge.

The lanes will be closed from 9 p.m. Friday, June 20 to 5 a.m. Monday, June 23. The northbound lanes will remain open through the weekend.

As a detour, southbound motorists may take Capitol Highway to Bertha Boulevard which leads back to Barbur Boulevard. 

Southbound bicyclists may use a dedicated bike lane through the work zone during the closure. Southbound bicyclists and motorists should use extreme caution. Watch for motorists turning onto the detour route on Capitol Highway and bicyclists continuing straight on Barbur Boulevard. 

This is the first of two weekend closures of the southbound lanes. The next one is scheduled for the weekend of July 11 although the schedule may change. 

The speed limit in the work zone is now reduced to 35 mph around the clock. Motorists should also expect increased speed enforcement during the project on Barbur Boulevard.

ODOT is rehabilitating the Vermont and Newbury bridges on Barbur just south of Capitol Highway in the Hillsdale area. The bridges, built in 1934, cross two ravines and are both are in need of repair due to water seeping in the joints, which causes the steel rebar inside the bridge deck to rust. ODOT will repair the concrete deck of both bridges at the bridge joints, improve drainage, improve the ramps leading to the existing walkways, install a taller safety railing and replace signs on both bridges.

The project website, http://www.barburbridges.org, will be updated regularly with the latest information.

 

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