ELGIN – The Oregon Department of Transportation’s contractor D.L. Edmondson is gearing up to continue work on replacing the Indian Creek Bridge located along the Wallowa Lake Highway (OR 82), two miles south of Elgin. Starting Monday, travelers can expect traffic to be reduced to one lane over the bridge with 24-hour flaggers and delays up to 20 minutes.

Beginning mid-week, the flaggers will be replaced with temporary signals that will control single-lane traffic across the bridge through the summer months, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The project is expected to be completed later this fall.

The multi-year, $4.3-million project to replace the Indian Creek Bridge is in its final year. Work will include removing the old structure and completing the rest of the new bridge.

“Traffic will be riding on the one full lane of the new bridge that was built last year,” said ODOT Public Information Officer Tom Strandberg. “The columns and most of the bents that support the new bridge are in place, but only one lane of the bridge deck could be completed because the old structure is in the way. Once the old bridge is removed, the rest of the new bridge can be built.”

Motorists are reminded to plan extra travel time along the route and use caution when crossing the single-lane structure. Once the temporary traffic signals are operational, drivers will need to wait for the green light before crossing.

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