Weight limits placed on two County bridges

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 29, 2016

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Operations and Maintenance Division

Carpenter Creek Bridge 1269New weight restrictions are now in place on two additional Washington County bridges:

  • Fern Flat Road over a tributary of Dairy Creek (Bridge #22504)
  • Old Highway 47 over Carpenter Creek (Bridge #1269) (photo)

Recent bridge inspections and load ratings identified the need for extensive repairs and/or limiting the weight of loads allowed to cross these bridges.

Including these two bridges, Washington County has 14 weight-restricted bridges. That number is expected to increase as the County's growing road and bridge maintenance needs continue to outpace available funding.

The weight limits for all bridges remain in place until the bridges are either repaired or replaced. The County's weight-limited bridges are safe for normal traffic not exceeding the posted weight limits. The restrictions for each bridge are unique, depending on structural integrity and condition. Enforcement of posted weight limits is provided by the Washington County Sheriff's Office Motor Carrier Officers.

For more information, contact the Operations and Maintenance Division at 503-846-ROAD (846-7623) or lutops@co.washington.or.us.

Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the County roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Communications Coordinator