By Nathalie Hardy • Columnist • 

Bridge project pauses for festival

Marcus Larson / News-RegisterWork on the Green Bridge is suspended during Phil Sheridan Days.
Marcus Larson / News-Register
Work on the Green Bridge is suspended during Phil Sheridan Days.

After months of one-lane travel to accommodate crews during the initial stage of the work, the contractor, Wildish Standard Paving of Eugene, has committed to keep both lanes open from Thursday, June 20, through Monday, June 24.

The reprieve from one-lane bridge traffic is temporary, according to County Engineer Bill Gille. He said crews will be back to work June 24 erecting scaffolding in preparation for the stage 2 — the painting of the east side to match the freshly painted west side.

The painting portion of the project is slated for completion by Aug. 8. The entire project is expected to be finished in October.

Gille acknowledged the one-way limit had been “a bit of a bother.” But he said the project is on budget and on schedule, and cooperation between the community and contractor had been good.

In addition to the painting, Wildish will be installing a scour protection system for the piers, which can erode during periods of high water.

“The in-water work is intended to protect from that,” Gille said.  “In this case, we have fairly soft bedrock which is susceptible to scour.”

Crews will begin installing a protective layer of rip-rap late this month or early next. Their progress is being updated regularly at

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