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OR37 over UPRR at Cold Springs

Welcome! We’re glad you’ve stopped by to learn more about upcoming repairs to the Union Pacific Railroad (Cold Springs) overpass bridge on OR 37 (Cold Springs Highway), located approximately 1.2 miles east of the junction with U.S. 730 and 30 miles northwest of Pendleton.

To keep traffic and construction crews safe during repair work, we need to close the road at the work site for five weeks in March and April of 2020. This online open house gives you information and an opportunity to provide comments. This open house closes May 30, 2019.

Please visit each of the links below to learn about the work and to submit your comments. Remember to leave your email address if you wish to hear back from us.

The purpose of this project is to repair and improve the Oregon Hwy 37 UPRR (Cold Springs) overpass bridge

We appreciate your input on this project

Latest News

Updated April 1, 2019

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The problem and solutions.
What's Going On?
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Project Description

The Problem and Solutions

Built in 1951, the decades of use have resulted in cracks in the concrete, worn girder bearings, gaps in bridge joints, exposed rebar, deteriorating bridge deck surface and railing that no longer meet current safety standards.  Periodic maintenance has been performed over the years, but it's now time to make critical repairs that require the structure to be closed during the work.


The project will:

  • Repair the support structure
  • Replace joints and fill cracks with epoxy
  • Install new bridge railing that meet current safety standards
  • Add protective fencing over the railroad
  • Resurface the bridge deck

Key corridor challenges:

  • The existing roadway is 26 feet wide, which is not wide enough to accommodate repair crews and traffic at the same time.
  • Limited detour options suitable for highway traffic (the detour route will follow the state highway system)
  • Safety concerns during construction for the railroad under the bridge.
  • Relocating utilities attached to the bridge.

We know closures are frustrating. We are working to minimize traffic impacts. The project will result in a safe and efficient bridge for decades to come.

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    Bridge Railing View

  • Bridge Side View

    Bridge Side View

  • Bridge Railing

    Bridge Railing

  • Bridge Length View

    Bridge Length View

  • Bridge View

    Bridge View

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Project Details

What's Going On?

Construction Impacts

When construction begins in early 2020 traffic may be limited to one lane across the bridge with flaggers or temporary signals. Traffic delays during lane closures are expected to be less than 20 minutes.

The bridge will close to all traffic for about five weeks sometime between March 15 and May 1, 2020. When the full closure is complete, some single lane closures may continue, until the project is completed.  

DETOUR: Depending on the direction of travel, motorists will need to use U.S. 395 and I-84 to detour around the closure (see detour map attached). Local county roads are not appropriate or approved for freight or other large vehicles due to many have sharp corners, narrow widths, substandard base and other issues.

Why We Need To Close The Bridge For Five Weeks

Due to the width of the bridge it is not safe for construction crews and traffic to be on the bridge at the same time. Closing the bridge during critical repair work also reduces the total length of traffic impacts due to construction. 

Project Details:


Design is underway and will be completed fall 2019. Construction will occur during the spring and summer of 2020 with the project completion by the end of 2020.


This project is currently funded at $1,010,000 with funding from Keep Oregon Moving (HB 2017).


Negligible environmental impacts are expected for this project. Specific documentation, testing and permitting has been conducted by ODOT Staff.

Fact Sheet:

Location: MP 1.2 OR37
County: Umatilla
Function: Span Union Pacific Rail Road Line
Date Constructed: 1951
Bridge Type: Seven forty-foot Reinforced Concrete Deck Girders
Size (length): Approximately 280 feet long 
Size (width): 26 feet wide (roadway) / 31 feet wide (bridge deck)
Existing Rails: Ornamental Steel with Concrete Posts and Curb
New Rails: Type F Concrete Bridge Rail, Anchored with Threaded Rods
Railroad Protection: Protective fencing and splash boards
Deck Repair: Concrete overlay and joint replacements
Average Daily Traffic (ADT): 670 Vehicles per day (2017 ODOT Traffic Volumes Data)
Traffic Type: 29% Trucks
Construction: Scheduled February 2020 to June 2020
Traffic Control (detour): Estimated Maximum 5 week full bridge closure
Detour Length (miles): 32 miles
Closure Schedule: 5 weeks between March 15, 2020 to May 1, 2020

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Project Timeline

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OR37 Over UPRR

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