Gathering celebrates six new bridges in downtown Astoria

Astoria Bridges sign
A new sign marks the completion of six new bridges near downtown Astoria.

On July 30, ODOT joined representatives from the city of Astoria, elected officials and business leaders for a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of the Astoria Riverfront Bridges Project. The event was held right next to the 10th Street Bridge – one of six brand new bridges decorating Astoria’s historic riverfront.

Several years ago, faced with having to close the over 100-year-old bridges because of major structural issues, Astoria officials looked to ODOT for help in paying for and replacing the bridges. Some 90% of the project’s $10 million+ in funding was provided by the state agency’s Local Highway Bridge Program.

The ODOT team also helped with design and construction, including honoring the city’s wishes to keep the historical look of the waterfront. Senior Project Manager Bill Jablonski led the design effort. The construction office in Astoria took the lead on the contract administration, inspection, compliance with Disadvantaged Business Enterprise requirements and other programs, including inspecting ADA-compliant curb ramps.

At the ribbon-cutting, Oregon State Senator Betsy Johnson and other dignitaries celebrated the project’s accomplishments.

“With so much doom and gloom these days with COVID-19, we can celebrate the collaborative spirit on a project that transcends three mayors, three city managers and two ODOT (area) managers,” Sen. Johnson said. “ODOT was remarkably helpful during this whole project.”