The bridge on Main Street which crosses over Ashland Creek is in need of repair. Built in 1911, the Ashland Creek Bridge is the earliest non-reinforced masonry arch bridge still in use in Oregon. It formerly had a timber fašade on the downstream face of the bridge. This fašade was removed in 2013, revealing an inscription by the bridge builder and 1911 as the date of construction. Currently the bridge is load-limited for maximum loads of 80,000 pounds.
Beginning Monday, May 23, ODOT Survey will be on site, both in the creek bed and on the bridge sidewalks, preparing for a repair project scheduled in 2018. The survey work should take about one week and will require the closure of one lane of traffic on Main Street.
Currently, ODOT plans to extend the life of the bridge by drilling into the deck, inserting conduit, along with stainless steel rods, which will then be grouted in place. This process will strengthen the bridge. This repair process has been done successfully on other historic structures on the East Coast and is intended to lengthen the life of the historic structure with as little impact as possible to the downtown Ashland area.
For more information, please contact ODOT at 541-774-6299.