STANFIELD - Detour traffic at the Umatilla River Bride construction site on Interstate 84 could be in place until next spring, as opposed to the original fall goal, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

"We know that folks are wondering why work seems to have stalled at the bridge replacement site," said ODOT spokesperson Tom Strandberg in a Wednesday press release. "This is basically due to the design modification."

Design improvements to the eastbound bridge made earlier in the year resulted in the delay of production for support beams. The department says they expect delivery of the new beams this month and that construction will again pick up speed.

When finished, the new eastbound bridge will include a 219-foot center span stretching over the river, eliminating the need for a support pillar in the water. "The new bridge will not only be safer, but also have less of an impact to the environment," Strandberg said in the press release.

Work at the nearby Stanfield Interchange will continue as well, improvements being made to the ramps and bridge overpasses. That part of the project is nearly finished, according to ODOT. The upgraded westbound on-ramp, however, will remain closed until the Umatilla Bridge detour is removed.

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