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Restoration work underway at Chitwood Bridge

Modified: Wednesday, Aug 20th, 2014

Workers from Legacy Contracting, Inc. work to lower a temporary bridge onto abutments adjacent to the historic Chitwood Bridge, which spans the Yaquina River near milepost 18 off of Highway 20. (Photo by Abbie Tumbleson)

LINCOLN COUNTY Residents of Chitwood Road sat in lawn chairs sipping Mason jars full of cold Kool-Aid in the sunshine as they watched a crane raise a temporary bridge up over the historic Chitwood Bridge on Tuesday afternoon.

A heavy-duty crane has been parked near the north entrance of the covered bridge since last weekend. Legacy Contracting, Inc. worked to put a temporary bridge, weighing 45,000 pounds and spanning 90 feet, in place on abutments on each side of the Yaquina River adjacent to the covered bridge. Restoration work on the historic span is set to begin soon.

Legacy Contracting, Inc. will be updating the Chitwood Bridge with new roofing and siding materials, as well as making repairs to the trusses. The crane setup was used to put the temporary bridge in place to avoid impacting a large fir tree on the north side of the bridge. Otherwise, the historic tree would have to be severally trimmed, according to Lincoln County Engineer Steve Hodge.

The restoration project, which should wrap up by the end of November, will cost from $1.4 to $1.5 million to complete, according to Hodge.

For the complete article see the 08-20-2014 issue.

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