Morrison Bridge road surface falling apart

Morrison Bridge road surface falling apart

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by Tim Gordon, KGW Staff

kgw.com

Posted on October 9, 2013 at 6:02 AM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 9 at 10:49 AM

PORTLAND -- The relatively new surface of the Morrison Bridge is literally coming loose at the seams two years after new panels were installed.

The surface renovation cost $5 million in 2011. But screws are loosening and cracks are appearing between the fiber-reinforced polymer panels.

That’s worrying some Portland drivers. “I don’t’ drive across it that often, but it feels kind of wobbly,” said driver Kallie Kurtz.

City officials said they were not expecting so much wear so soon.

“It’s a surprise,” said Mike Pullen, spokesman for Multnomah County, who said the Broadway Bridge had a similar product installed 8 years ago and is performing fine.

County officials said taxpayers should not have to pay for a costly fix.

Some question whether the contractor hired by the county is responsible for the problems. But the county said they aren’t blaming anyone for the problem – yet.

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