Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Monday, May 20, 2013
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Monday, May 6, 2013
|Workers get ready to enter one of the access holes to finish the interior surfaces of the bridge's concrete beams and decks.|
|Here you can see part of the rebar skeleton that makes up the bridge beams. the arrows point to plugs that create the oval access holes when concrete is poured for the beams.|
Monday, April 29, 2013
In the background you can see the yellow Bid-Well paving another section of the deck.
Notice that in addition to wearing hardhats, eye protection and brightly colored shirts, crew members also have cables tied to their harnesses. Safety is a top priority at the project site, and the cables will catch a worker should he or she slip and fall while working at such a great height.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
It’s always nice to see people buzzing around as the weather improves, but the project safety team wants to remind you to be aware of construction activity and other path users.
*The delays are now expected the week of May 6 rather than late May and early June.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Compared to the graceful arches that span the Willamette River, the concrete bridge deck may seem straightforward and simple, yet it is much more than a flat slab of concrete. Here’s a description of how contractors poured the southern section of the Whilamut Passage Bridge deck that stretches over Franklin Boulevard last week.
After completing construction of the box girders that support the deck, crews added wooden falsework to maintain the hollow box structure. Then they installed steel reinforcements on top of the box girders before pouring the concrete.
|Manske Construction Corporation created two layers of gridded rebar that are carefully spaced for added strength.|
|The ironworkers used different sizes of steel rebar, set at a variety of angles, to reinforce different sections of the deck. Notice the large rebar used for a joint located above a bridge column.|
|The Bid-Well follows right behind the freshly pumped concrete. Crews moisten the material before it's distributed to allow for a wet cure.|
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
For the I-5 Willamette River Bridge Project, we are fortunate in that we have few impacts to traffic on the interstate, but please be aware that the freeway lanes narrow in our work zone and crews and equipment working off to the side can be a distraction.
Lane restrictions on Franklin Boulevard will continue through the spring. Please always obey reduced speed limits and flagger directions as you pass through our work zone.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
In another step to improve surrounding parkland, our construction team recently placed a log bench along the new multi-use path. The bench allows people to sit and enjoy the natural surroundings and park activities. Landscapers have added topsoil, are still seeding the area, and will continue planting native vegetation later this spring.
I’m looking forward to sitting on the bench and enjoying the springtime sights and sounds. I hope you take time to enjoy the new addition as well.
|The new log bench sits on rain-drenched land overlooking orange fencing that protects nearby wetlands. When the project is complete this area will look much better.|
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Friday, March 29, 2013
We love to see coverage of the Interstate 5 Willamette River Bridge Project on other community blogs.
That’s why we’re excited about University of Oregon student Alan Sylvestre’s recent post that includes the bridge project. He wrote the piece for a class at the School of Journalism and posted it on the Reporting 1 Blog.
In his report, Alan writes about how cyclists, commuters and businesses in Glenwood deal with construction. He reached out to Karl Wieseke, ODOT project manager, for his perspective on working with the local community.
Also included is a wonderful video featuring the project area and construction activities.
We were happy to read student Allison Camp’s perspective about the project. “‘It’s not that big of an inconvenience,’ Camp says. ‘The consideration for commuters in planning is good and the bike paths will be beautiful by all means.’ As the progress continues on the bridge and surrounding areas, Camp and other community members stay optimistic about the long-term impact of the project for the Glenwood community.”
Thank you to Alan for highlighting the ties our project has with the surrounding communities.
Alan Sylvestre’s full story is available here. You can read more stories by U of O journalism students at the Reporting 1 Blog page.
Monday, March 25, 2013
As you drive along Franklin Boulevard east of the I-5 bridge project, you may see crews building a multi-use path viaduct to connect cycling and walking paths in Alton Baker Park to Springfield.
Workers recently built the curbs and finished the bents, or vertical supports, of the viaduct.
The viaduct and path improvements are part of ODOT’s commitment to leave the parkland near the I-5 bridge project in better shape than before construction began.
|The path viaduct is taking shape along Franklin Boulevard. At right, a worker finishes the surface of a bent with grout to make sure it is smooth.|
Wednesday, March 20, 2013
|Freshly poured T-beams are located on the left ad far right of this picture. Precast floor beams are in the middle.|