OIPCB Working to Repair the Coos Bay Swing Span Bridge

Coos Bay, Or. - The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay wants to share with our stakeholders and the public our intentions to repair the swing span bridge that has been out of service since Friday, April 13th. The Port and our engineering consultants have completed an analysis of the failure and are finalizing a construction plan to get the bridge back in working order. At this point, we are expecting a three-month time frame to conclude the repairs needed to get the bridge back to operational status.

While the ultimate cost of repairs is not yet known, The Port will cover expenses by leveraging funding already in place to execute the required repairs.

There has been a great deal of hard work done by the Port, Jordan Cove and local rail shippers to quickly stand up an interim solution connecting local shippers to the national rail network and ensuring ongoing production of Coos Bay products. Thanks in large part to Jordan Cove who have provided a site to facilitate an intermodal transfer area to be used as an interim solution until the bridge is operable.

Update May 21, 2018 

21 May 2018,  work has commenced to conduct visual and non-destructive inspection of the structural members on the Coos Bay Railroad Bridge at Coos River mile 9.0.  The work vessel and barge will be set up on the north side of the swing bridge today and will be removing the Osprey Nest on top of the Swing Span bridge under the USFWS depredation permit to a safe location and clean planned bridge inspection locations with hand tools.

Note:

The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay intends to conduct visual and non‐destructive inspection of structural members on the Coos Bay Railroad Bridge at Coos Bay River Mile 9.0 May 21 through May 25, 2018. Work will be conducted from a work barge located along one side of the bridge center fender pier and will horizontally restrict the navigation channel on that side of the bridge by approximately 50 feet.  Vertical clearance on each side of the bridge will not be obstructed by the planned work. Planned workhours will be from 0800 to 2000 each day.

Update May 23, 2018 

The work vessel and barge has repositioned to the South side of the Coos Bay Railroad Bridge this afternoon.  They are continuing the test and inspect the trusses, eye -bars and pins on the south side of the swing bridge.

Stantec has completed the scope of work and inspections on the Coos Bay Railroad Bridge.  The next phase will be determining the scope of repairs once Stantec provides the Port of Coos Bay with their inspection report.

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For additional media information, please contact:

Margaret Barber, External Affairs Manager, Port of Coos Bay Phone 541.266.3713 / E-mail: mbarber@portofcoosbay.com / www.portofcoosbay.com