Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Jan. 20, 2021

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Northbound lanes of Interstate Bridge close for emergency sign repair

By , Columbian environment and transportation reporter
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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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