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SW Boones Ferry Bridge & Restoration Project

Construction type
Sewer and Stormwater
Project status

Environmental Services is constructing a new bridge on SW Boones Ferry Road where it crosses Tryon Creek. This project will create and restore connections for fish, wildlife, and people.

Construction and the road closure began in April 2020 and will continue until spring 2021.

The new Boones Ferry Bridge  will improve water flows by replacing an existing small culvert. This culvert cannot handle large flows of water during storms, and it blocks fish and wildlife. The SW Boones Ferry Bridge & Restoration Project will create and restore important connections for fish, wildlife, and people. It will connect trails and pedestrian facilities in the area, help reduce flooding risk, and restore important habitat. 

To view construction photos, visit our Flickr album here: https://flic.kr/s/aHsmLfUL7v. The SW Boones Ferry Bridge & Restoration Flickr album will be periodically updated with milestone pictures.

Project Area

Construction of the SW Boones Ferry Bridge & Restoration project is on SW Boones Ferry Road, between SW Arnold Street and SW Comus Court. Construction and the road closure will continue until spring 2021. Recommended detour from (northbound) SW Boones Ferry Road, turn west to SW Stephenson Street, head north onto SW 35th Avenue and continuing onto SW Taylors Ferry Road to return to SW Boones Ferry Road. Going southbound is the reverse of this direction. (See second image below for map visual of recommended detour.)

What's Happening Now

Road Closure Extended to Spring 2021

Due to COVID-19 and hazardous air quality delays during this construction process, the road closure on SW Boones Ferry Road will be extended to spring 2021. This extension will allow our contractor to continue construction on the bridge, culvert, and restoration efforts and conduct pavement restoration on SW Boones Ferry Road. 

Pavement Restoration During Winter

During the winter months, there will be a period of inactivity between the completion of the bridge and culvert construction and final pavement restoration. Final paving can’t occur during wet or cold winter weather. This means that it can be very difficult to schedule paving where we can be assured that pavement restoration will be successful.

Because weather during the winter and early spring can change suddenly, final pavement restoration efforts may occur with little or no notice. We will strive to get pavement restoration completed as soon as possible, but it is difficult to schedule this work predictably in advance. 

We apologize for the inconvenience. Thank you for your understanding and patience.

What to Expect

Between January 7 and 22, crews continue to build retaining walls for the bridge, coordinate relocation of utility lines and testing of utility lines, construct pedestrian pathways, install trail fences, and pour additional concrete.

The schedule may change due to a variety of factors, including weather, conditions underground, availability of materials and labor, and other factors. Work hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, and Saturdays as needed. 

Project Background

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