OREGON CITY, Ore. - Time lapse video shows crews hitting their stride in sliding a new bridge into place in Oregon City.
This is one of the major milestones of the Jughandle Project, which will hopefully improve traffic in the area in the future. To get to that point, though, work needs to be done and drivers have had to put up with delays and congestion.
These past couple of days have probably been the worst. That's because ODOT has completely shut down OR 213 between Washington Street and Interstate 205 so the new bridge can go up.
On Friday, the closure proved to be the traffic mess that ODOT thought it would be. The problem is that the alternate routes are not designed for high capacity traffic.
On Saturday, ODOT asked folks to take the recommended alternate routes, which can be found at the link below. They said drivers are trying to improvise on surface streets and it's turning into an even bigger mess.
Now fortunately for drivers, this is a quick, four-day project and OR 213 is expected to be reopened at 4 a.m. on Tuesday, March 27. The city has a live camera where you can check on traffic conditions before heading out.
Time lapse images compiled by KATU Reporter Bob Heye. Photos courtesy OBEC Consulting Engineers.