Drivers should expect single lane traffic each direction on OR 99 at Coleman Creek, just north of Phoenix as a bridge construction project kicks off next week.
The $5.7 million project replaces the failing Coleman Creek culvert with a new bridge. ODOT’s contractor will build the bridge one-half at a time. Pedestrian access will be maintained at all times. Business driveways will be available during the different project phases.
The existing culvert has a severe drop. In high flows, it causes erosion downstream and hinders fish from migrating to spawning beds higher up in the watershed. Changing the culvert to a bridge is a priority for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.
The new bridge will have sidewalks and bike lanes. Adding sidewalks and bike lanes will be important as the area rebuilds after the Almeda Fire.
The improvements at Coleman Creek will help set the stage for future roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements in 2024 as part of the Oregon 99: Glenwood to Coleman Creek improvement project.
Courtesy of ODOT