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Thursday, November 30, 2023
Nov. 30, 2023

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Northbound lanes of Interstate Bridge close for emergency sign repair

By , Columbian environment and transportation reporter

The northbound lanes of the Interstate Bridge were temporarily closed for “emergency sign repair,” according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The closure was announced around 3:40 p.m., and the repairs were complete around 4 p.m., according to ODOT spokesman Don Hamilton. Northbound traffic was still backed up for miles around that time, and ODOT said drivers should expect delays.

“Earlier in the day, a northbound truck,” one that was too tall, Hamilton added, “knocked down a sign at the point where the traffic has to stop for a bridge closure.”

The signs are like traffic lights, and about 16 feet tall. Hamilton said vehicles under 14 feet tall don’t need a permit to cross the bridge, so it appears the vehicle was driving without one, as it would have been sent on a different route if it had.

Workers checked it out and got it working again, Hamilton said, adding there’s no other damage to the crossing signal mechanism or crossing guards.

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