ODOT will start work Monday on a project to repair and rehabilitate two bridges on Southwest Barbur Boulevard (OR 99W), just south of Capitol Highway in the Hillsdale area.

The project will see single lane closures 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the project and two full weekend closures of the southbound lanes in June.

The Newbury Street and Vermont Street bridges were built in 1934 and both are in need of repair. The project is expected to take five months to complete. The project will: 

•Replace the wooden caps on the Vermont Street Bridge with steel to prevent future cracking and rotting.

•Remove and replace the concrete around the 29 joints that cross the decks of both bridges.

•Grind and repave the decks of both bridges.

•Install taller pedestrian/bicycle safety railing on both bridges.

•Repair walkways, ramps and curbs on both bridges. 

Monday, June 2, the start of the first week of preparatory work, will see single lane closures, both northbound and southbound, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. On Monday June 9, full lane closures start. Traffic will be restricted to one lane in each direction 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and continue until the project is complete in the fall. Only one bridge will see lane closures at a time.

The closures will be on Barbur Boulevard between the Capitol Highway exit and Brier Place.

The southbound lanes will be closed over two weekends between Southwest Capitol Highway and Terwilliger Boulevard. The closures are set for the weekends of June 13 to 15 and June 27 to 29, both from 9 a.m. Friday until 5 a.m.

Southbound traffic on Barbur will be detoured on to Capitol Highway and Bertha Boulevard and back to Barbur. Access to Southwest Parkhill Drive during the detour will be from Terwilliger.

The project website http://www.barburbridges.org will be updated regularly with the latest information.