Printed on Nov 25, 2014 @ 9:06 PM
Hubbard Bridge to close on Dec. 1
The Benton County Board of Commissioners voted to close the Hubbard Bridge, crossing the Long Tom River in South Benton County, effective Dec. 1.
The bridge will be posted as closed and barricades placed on each side to prevent traffic from passing. The bridge, located on Hubbard Road near Monroe, was placed on a 5-ton emergency weight limit in mid-October after the county was notified by inspectors of structural issues caused by age-related deterioration.
After further reviewing those findings, the Oregon Department of Transportation’s engineers recommended closing the bridge completely by the end of the year.
The Benton County Board of Commissioners made the decision to close the bridge at its Nov. 25 meeting. Benton County Public Works officials recommended the bridge be closed as of Dec. 1.
The county anticipates seeking grant funding from the state to replace the bridge. The next bridge grant cycle opens in April 2015. Repairs to the bridge would cost approximately $300,000 and would keep the bridge open for 5 to 10 years. Using the same amount as a match for Oregon Department of Transportation grant funding would enable enough money to replace the bridge, which would provide 60 to 75 years of use. The total cost of replacement is anticipated to be between $3 million and $4 million.
Nearby alternate route options are available by using Old River Road and Stow Pit Road. In the event of flooding on the alternative routes, in order to permit access in and out to area residents, the bridge will be reopened temporarily to passenger vehicle traffic as necessary.
For more information, those interested can contact Benton County Public Works at 541-766-6821.
Bailey Branch Railroad:
The Union Pacific Railroad has retained a private contractor to remove rail and ties to complete their abandonment of the line from approximately Greenberry Road to Monroe and Dawson. Benton County doesn’t have direct involvement in this work but as the owner of the right of way, we will strive to keep adjacent property owners informed of the work. The contractor has provided a tentative start time of early February. If you have any question please contact the Public Works Department at 541-766-6821 and ask for Laurel Byer, Laurie Starha, or Joe Mardis.
Driving in winter weather can be treacherous due to freezing rain, ice and snow. Benton County Public Works is prepared to respond to whatever winter weather has in store for our community. We have a comprehensive Ice and Snow Control Operations Plan that will be immediately put into action at the first sign of bad driving conditions.
The Benton County Ice and Snow Control Operations plan abides by three main goals:
• provide county-wide access for
emergency vehicles to as many routes
• maintain passable road conditions for
school bus routes, and
• mitigate unsafe road conditions to the
greatest extent possible.
Snow and Ice Removal Map (PDF)
The Environmental Issues Advisory Committee meets the 1st Thursday of each month, 12:00–1:30 pm, in the Avery Facility Large Conference Room and schedules at least one community forum per year.
The Bicycle Advisory Committee meets the 2nd Thursday of January, March, May, July, September and November, 7–9 p.m. in the Avery Facility Large Conference Room and schedules at least one community forum per year.
The Road Advisory Committee meets the 3rd Tuesday of each month, 7 pm, in the Avery Facility Large Conference Room and schedules at least one community forum per year.
The Special Transportation Advisory Committee invites you to attend their meetings, which are held on the third Tuesday of each month. The meetings are scheduled to begin at 2:30 p.m. and are held in the Main Meeting Room of the Corvallis/Benton County Public Library located at 645 NW Monroe Ave., Corvallis, OR.
The mission of Benton County Public Works is to keep our community accessible, safe and environmentally responsible by meeting daily needs with efficient road and transportation systems, rural utility services, public facilities and land use services.