By News-Register staff • 

Bridge supports to snarl Dundee traffic

The substructures for the bridges are now nearing completion at Hess Creek, 8th Street and Parks Drive at Fulquartz. The company will be moving cranes into place in preparation for lifting the beams into position.

The initial delivery of beams will be for the Hess Creek span. The plan calls for delivery of seven beams per day over a three-day period, beginning Tuesday, Dec. 16.

The long loads will be coming into Dundee from the southwest. The trucks hauling them will need to turn southeast onto 5th Street, which will mean waiting in the center lane of Highway 99W for suitable openings.

Flaggers will assist traffic on 99W, 5th Street, Edwards Drive and Parks Drive as loads are maneuvered to their destination. The deliveries figure to affect highway traffic between 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. the 16th, 17th and 18th.

The beam deliveries are being sequenced to minimize hold times on arrival. But transport trucks may have to stage temporarily on Edwards Drive to wait their turn.

The beams for the other bridges will be transported and placed in similar fashion. The second series of deliveries is expected late this month and the third around the middle of next month.

The first phase of the bypass features 10 bridges in all. One has been completed, leaving nine to go.

Four separate contracts have been awarded on the project, which calls for construction of a new four-mile roadway between the Highway 219 junction in Newberg and the south end of Dundee. It is targeted for completion in the fall of 2017.

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