UPDATE: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12. The late night closure scheduled for 11PM-3AM tonight has been cancelled. Bridge engineers were able to complete their work ahead of schedule.
Port crews have developed a schedule for the lift span repair work planned for October 9-10. There will be prolonged, full closures of the bridge between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m Monday – Tuesday, October 9-10. This work will require a series of full lifts of the bridge lift span. Each closure is expected to last 40-60 minutes in duration. Due to these significant delays, motorists are encouraged to cross the Columbia at The Dalles or Cascade Locks during these hours. This work is the result of an act of vandalism to the bridge lift span electrical and mechanical controls that occurred on or around September 21. Anyone with information about the incident are encouraged to contact the City of Hood River police detective Anthony Frasier at (541) 387-5257.
There will be two, late night, four-hour full closures of the Bridge October 11 and 12. These closures will go from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. the nights of the Wednesday (into Thursday morning) and Thursday (into Friday morning). Only emergency response vehicles will be allowed crossings during these hours.These closures are for strain gage testing of the lift span and the staging of equipment for repairs to the auxiliary truss and floorbeam. These night time closure will help to decrease impacts on daytime traffic on the bridge.