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Goodpasture Covered Bridge closure notice

December 26 & January 2


Goodpasture covered bridgeTwo night closure are scheduled. The first will be from 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 26th, to 5 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 27th. The second is set for 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 2nd, to 5 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 3rd.

A detour route for vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists will not be available during the bridge closures. Firefighting equipment and an emergency response vehicle will be parked on the south side of the bridge before the bridge is closed. McKenzie Fire & Rescue has developed a response plan to address any medical or fire emergencies.  

In the event of a medical emergency, the 911 dispatcher will contact the emergency service providers and the onsite bridge inspector. In that situation, work on the bridge will be stopped immediately and the construction zone stabilized to allow passage of emergency personnel. The first responders will park on the north side of the bridge, then walk across the bridge and use the emergency response vehicle parked on the south side to get to the emergency. The first responders will then transport the patient to the bridge where the ambulance will be waiting for them. If the call requires the use of a helicopter, then one will be dispatched and will land at one of the two predetermined landing zones on the south side of the bridge.

In the event of a fire emergency, the response will be a procedure similar to the one outlined above. The Fire District already has two fire apparatus parked on the south side of the bridge. A private owner is allowing the Fire District to use their property in order to reach Goodpasture Rd. It will however take several minutes to get there.  

According to county Public Works spokesman Brad Lemhouse, "Lane County would like to thank McKenzie Fire & Rescue, Weyerhaeuser, Whitewater Ranch, the BLM, Conway Construction, and OBEC for their support, cooperation, and the extra effort while the closures are in effect."  He can be contacted @ (541) 682-6928 or [email protected] if people have questions.



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