lewis and clark bridge

Washington bridge inspectors poke into every nook and crevice, as well as the more obvious spots, checking the condition of the Lewis and Clark Bridge on Friday to make sure it is safe for the hundreds of cars passing far below them on the bridge deck.

Bill Wagner, The Daily News

The Oregon Department of Transportation has begun studying traffic congestion at the Lewis and Clark Bridge, which it says has been increasing over the past year and is causing backups on Highway 30 in the Rainier area.

In a press release, ODOT says it has begun collecting traffic information and its traffic engineers will examine "a full range of options" and hope to have a recommendation by the end of the year.

Among the challenges that must be overcome: The approaches from U.S. 30 onto the bridge have steep grades; there is limited room on the approaches and bridge; and the bridge is under jurisdiction of the Washington Department of Transportation.

In the press release, ODOT said it is working on the problem with the cooperation of the City of Rainier, state Sen. Betsy Johnson and state Rep. Brad Witt.

The Daily News, Longview, Wash.


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