Birds, weather, and COVID-19 during the Astoria-Megler Bridge inspection

Astoria-Megler Bridge inspection by snoop truck.
Astoria-Megler Bridge inspection by snoop truck.

The ODOT bridge inspection team had to contend with thousands of double-crested cormorants, their nests, and their guano that covers areas of steel that needed to be inspected on the Astoria-Megler Bridge.

A wildlife biologist with the U.S. Department of Agriculture accompanied the inspectors to provide on-site advice and expertise as they worked around the cormorants.

In addition to the weather and the birds, inspectors had to comply with COVID-19 requirements.

Our bridge inspectors do love a challenge!

May 2020 Astoria-Megler Bridge Inspection.