Hwy 38 opens to traffic after repairs to bridge damaged by truck crash

A semi-tractor trailer struck the Scottsburg Bridge along Highway 38 on April 12, 2017, state police and ODOT said. The truck bent an important part of the bridge, which had to be repaired by heating and cooling the steel, according to ODOT. One lane of the bridge reopened to traffic on April 16. Work will continue through the week; motorists should expect delays up to 10 to 15 minutes. (Oregon DOT photo)

SCOTTSBURG, Ore. - One lane of the Scottsburg Bridge reopened to traffic Sunday as workers continue repairing the bridge.

Work is expected to continue through the week. Expect delays up to 15 minutes.

The Scottsburg Bridge is a vital route between Highway 101 in Reedsport and Interstate 5. The detours are more than 100 miles.

A semi-truck crashed through a railing on the bridge on April 12.

The driver suffered minor injuries.

However, the Oregon Department of Transportation said they came close to losing the 88-year-old bridge completely.

The repair work is estimated to cost over $300,000.

The bridge was built in 1929.

ODOT has plans to replace the bridge, if and when funding becomes available.

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