The southern Oregon cities of Myrtle Creek and Tri-City are situated alongside Interstate 5 (I-5), the main north-to-south shipping and travel corridor in Oregon, but they lacked easy access onto and off of the freeway. The Weaver Road Extension solved that by adding a new curved steel girder structure in the shape of an elegant “S” which extends east from I-5 across the South Umpqua River to Old Highway 99.
The project was widely supported in Douglas County because of the positive impacts it would have on the community. Today, it increases growth opportunities for businesses in Tri-City and Myrtle Creek, now that they are connected directly to I-5, and cuts down response time for emergency vehicles.
The elegant “S” shape of the bridge allowed it to avoid a sensitive archaeological site within the project footprint that otherwise would have been impacted during construction.
Douglas County, Oregon
Oregon Department of Transportation
Drainage and River Systems
Project Management and Owner’s Representation
Survey and Mapping