A 1-by-1 foot hole has closed the right eastbound lane of the Interstate 82 bridge over the Columbia River near Umatilla.
Crews are expected to start work on the bridge Tuesday and wrap up by the afternoon on April 22, said Summer Derrey, spokeswoman for the state Department of Transportation.
Such holes are fairly common for the six-decade-old bridge, which is one of three in Benton and Franklin counties considered structurally deficient, she said.
“It’s normal wear and tear,” Derrey said. “It’s an old bridge.”
About 18,500 vehicles a day cross the bridge, according to Herald archives. Don Whitehouse, Department of Transportation regional administrator, said in January that holes regularly develop in the bridge deck, with a 2-by-2 foot hole recently having to be patched.
The bridge deck is on the transportation department’s list to be replaced, but money isn’t expected to be available for several years.