OREGON CITY, Ore. -- A project that created a commuter bottleneck at Oregon 213 and I-205 came to and end just after midnight with the completion of a bridge replacement Tuesday.
The Jughandle Project aims at reducing congestion and improving safety along the Highway 213/I-205 interchange. The moving of the bridge is just one piece of the entire project that's expected to be completed by the spring of 2013.
Highway 213 between Washington Street and I-205 was closed at 8 p.m. Thursday.
Crews staged a dress rehearsal last Friday, near Washington Street and Interstate 205, to practice the big move. They only moved the six-lane, 130-foot long bridge five feet, but it will eventually be a part of Highway 213. They also had to excavate a huge chunk of the highway to make room for it.
The Oregon Dept. of Transportation said that stretch of roadway is the busiest signalized intersection in the state, with 60,000 cars passing through each day.