Morrison Bridge crews search for problems

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — The lift span deck on the Morrison Bridge was supposed to last several decades and cost taxpayers millions of dollars. But it’s been problematic since it was installed about two years ago.

The bridge was closed between 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. Sunday so Multnomah County inspectors could examine the condition of the lift span deck panels that were installed in 2011 and 2012. The panels have shown some premature wear, and the county is currently suing the contractors over the workmanship.

Drivers say the ride along the Morrison Bridge isn’t smooth because of the loose decking panels.

“I think it’s pretty ridiculous,” commuter Catherine Matthews told KOIN 6 News.

Multnomah County crews searched for the source of the problem on Sunday. They’ll continue their investigation with two more closures in the coming weeks for the ongoing inspections – March 23 and April 12.

The county is also intermittently closing one outside lane of the bridge for ongoing removal of decking material in the lift span area.

The bridge decking cost Multnomah County taxpayers more than $4 million.

The Steel Bridge will also be closed from 11 p.m. Sunday until 8:30 a.m. Monday for maintenance. TriMet will provide buses for MAX riders to use to get across the river. Plan accordingly for your morning commute.

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