Coos Bay Swing Span Bridge Currently Out of Service to Rail Traffic but Fully Cleared for Maritime Navigation

For Immediate Release: April 16, 2018

Coos Bay, Or. - On Friday, April 13th, the Coos Bay Rail Link (CBR) reported that the Coos Bay Swing Span Bridge failed to complete its rotation to return the bridge to the open to river navigation position. Staff from the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay (Port) responded on site to complete an inspection and assessment of the bridge.

The Port’s engineering cautioned moving the bridge. As a result, the Port closed the channel for river navigation until the bridge could be moved to clear the channel.

On Sunday, April 15th, Port staff, CBR, outside engineers, and a local marine towing company moved the bridge to clear the channel for navigation. “Safely clearing the channel to maritime traffic in a timely manner was of the utmost importance to the Port, as well as for the marine terminals south of the bridge,” said Fred Jacquot, Director of Port Development. The Port reported to the US Coast Guard and other stakeholders that the channel was clear with a 15-foot restriction on either side of the center support pier structure.

The Port is working with contracted services to develop and implement a plan to safely rotate the bridge the remaining distance to its fully open position, completely clearing the channel through the rail bridge for marine navigation.

“The Port is working to develop a repair plan to return the bridge to freight rail service as quickly as possible,” stated John Burns, CEO of the Oregon International Port of Coos Bay. “Rail service is a critical link for the shippers along the line, and our region. As such, addressing the repair needs of the bridge in a timely manner is a top priority for the Port.”

Update on April 16th

On April 16th, crews completed efforts to safely rotate and secure the bridge to its fully open position, restoring full maritime traffic south of the bridge.