May 6, 2019
The Highway 22 Tumble Creek bridge projectis on the way to an early conclusion. North Santiam Paving with the help of NSP Trucking are busy on Highway 22 making improvements to the structure and safety of the bridge after severe weather temporarily slowed progress.
New Technologies for a Stronger, Safer Bridge
Upgrades to the bridge will make it stronger and safer all year round and provide a smoother ride for all travelers. A new waterproof membrane and a thin layer of asphalt will reduce the deck’s overall weight. This will diminish wear and tear on the structure and lessen the need for costly repairs in the future. New guard rails and bridge approaches will also be added to improve safety in that section of highway.
Gates Rural Fire Protection District Chief Jack Carriger points out, “Any improvement to that highway is good due to the volume of traffic it sees, especially on weekends, over the summer and vacation periods. The road is narrow, windy and in need of repair in spots.”
Current Construction Phase
We’ve been pushing hard to make up time after last month’s rain. The base lift of paving was finished on April 18thand the area is reopened to two-way traffic during non-working hours which includes weekends. Next, we’ll be applying the new membrane to the bridge deck. After that, we’ll complete the top lift paving and add the guardrail and shoulder rock. Our goal is to have the project wrapped up by Memorial Day Weekend.
All Teams Involved
Along with the work being done by NSP’s excavation and paving team, crushed rock from Northrock is being delivered by our sister company NSP trucking. This collaboration of work among the three companies improves efficiency. “Employees from each company have a long history of working together at a very high level. Their built-in relationships maximizes the efficiency of the work at each step of construction,” said Dylan Bochsler, North Santiam Paving.
What to Expect
The project is in its final stages. Single lane closures, and a short closure of the Tumble Ridge Trailhead south parking area are scheduled. During that time parking will be available on the west side of the bridge. The trailhead itself will remain open throughout construction
NSP is On the Job
The improvements to Tumble Creek bridge will soon be saving taxpayer money and making travel safer around Detroit Lake, as travelers drive from Oregon’s Willamette Valley to Central or Eastern Oregon. Watch for the North Santiam Paving team on Highway 22.