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Late shift adds life to historic Depoe Bay Bridge

Modified: Thursday, Aug 21st, 2014

Working the night shift, an ODOT bridge crew using specialized equipment sprayed a mix of sticky goo and fine rock that will give the 87-year-old Depoe Bay Bridge a new lease on life. (Photo by Rick Beasley)

DEPOE BAY — An 87-year-old bridge — older than the town itself — is getting a new lease on life, thanks to the late shift at the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The historic Depoe Bay Bridge is receiving an epoxy-rock overlay that will take the heavily used span into its 100th year and beyond, according to ODOT bridge manager Doug Rogerson.

“It will give her about 15 years of good wear, maybe more, so the wheel ruts don’t wear away the concrete,” said Rogerson, whose nine-person crew labored in the dark to keep heavy daytime traffic unimpeded by the task. “ODOT’s working hard to preserve these old bridges.”

The 312-foot Depoe Bay Bridge is one of a series of spans designed by the late ODOT bridge builder C.B. ‘Conde’ McCullough, whose signature was an arched railing in the art moderne style popular in the 1920s. A prolific designer, his bridges along U.S. Highway 101 span 14 waterways at the Oregon coast. In Lincoln County, his work stands at Depoe Bay, Rocky Creek, Yaquina Bay.

For the complete article see the 08-22-2014 issue.

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