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By Scott Swanson
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Sheep Creek Bridge project under way


September 15, 2015

HE JOINT BETWEEN two spans of the Sheep Creek Bridge shows a gap caused by a landslide. Photos by Sean C. Morgan

Sheep Creek Bridge on Highway 20 is sliding, and the fix will be costly in time, money and impact on travel.

That’s the gist of what an Oregon Department of Transportation official told Sweet Home City Council members last week during a report on the project.

A landslide has been pushing the easternmost span of the bridge out of position for decades, slowly shearing bolts, sensors and “bearing pads.”

For years, it moved about an inch, but since 2010, it’s been moving at upward of 7 inches annually. The Oregon Department of Transportation made repairs to the bridge in 1993, 2006...

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