Smith Rock Bridge Gets a Little Love

August 29, 2016

The Smith Rock bridge sees a LOT of traffic, not just in the summer high season, but all year-round. The park staff diligently monitors the bridge health for this reason.

Smith Rock Bridge repair area needed new slats

Smith Rock Bridge repair area needed new slats

Ranger Josie Barnum points out areas for repair on the Smith Rock bridge

Ranger Josie Barnum points out areas for repair on the Smith Rock bridge

A routine inspection revealed the start of some cracking on one of the sections.

While not a danger to park visitors, they chose to replace 3 sections of guard rail on the right section as you cross the river from the base of the picnic table area.

Park Ranger Josie Barnum coordinated the team, assuring that the team and visitors alike were safe during the replacement process. 

 

The rebolting for part of the sections had to be done from underneath the bridge. This required the rigging skills of climber and Oregon State Parks Grants & Community Programs Representative, Ian Caldwell.

Ian Caldwell harnessed in, makes repairs to the Smith Rock State Park bridge

Ian Caldwell harnessed in, makes repairs to the Smith Rock State Park bridge