Dodge Bridge makeover ready on Sam’s Valley Highway

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The Dodge Bridge spanning the Rogue River on Oregon 234 (Sam’s Valley Highway) is scheduled for a makeover. The $500,000 project will begin after the July 4 holiday weekend.

“Most 50-year-olds certainly would like to be as strong as they were in their younger days,” said ODOT spokesman Gary Leaming, “the same can be said for bridges.”

According to Leaming, the project will retrofit the bridge rail to meet today’s safety standards. Plans also call for strengthening the structure’s cracked beams and caps.

The construction work requires a lane closure with traffic controlled by flaggers while workers are on the bridge.

“Delays should be short,” Leaming said.

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