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Caveman Bridge project in 2017

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Plans are underway for a two-year $5.3 million rehabilitation project on Caveman Bridge, a critical link across the Rogue River in Grants Pass.

Designed by famed Oregon bridge designer Conde McCullough, Caveman Bridge was built in 1931. Next year’s rehabilitation project will be the bridge’s first major makeover. The project is scheduled to begin after Labor Day weekend and be completed by late summer 2018.

Caveman Bridge serves as the gateway to the Redwood Empire of southwest Oregon and northern California. The historic gateway sign on the north side of the bridge will also undergo rehabilitation by the city of Grants Pass.
The rehabilitation project will:

• Repair sections of cracked concrete, exposed rebar and failed joints along the nearly 550-foot structure;

• Repair bridge deck delamination by grinding off the existing asphalt cap and replacing it with a stronger, premixed polymer concrete;

• Replace the bridge rail, maintaining its unique aesthetic while meeting today’s safety standards; and

• Add new lighting that maintains the character of the bridge’s street lights.

“With nearly 19,000 vehicles using Caveman Bridge every day, we understand the importance of minimizing traffic impacts during this rehabilitation project,” said ODOT Project Leader Stephanie Bentea.

Daytime single-lane closures with some full nighttime closures are being considered in the project design, which also calls for at least one full-day closure during a critical repair stage.

ODOT will host an open house in early 2017 to describe all of the work as well as the traffic delays travelers should expect during construction.

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