DOUGLAS COUNTY, Ore. -- A couple of the area covered bridges are getting some much needed restoration work.
The biggest project is the Rochester Bridge just west of Sutherlin, about a half mile off Highway 138 West.
County Public Works Director Robb Paul told county commissioners this week that they are going through the Oregon Department of Transportation to get federal funds from the Historic Covered Bridge Program. "We pay about 10% of the cost, the rest of it is paid by the federal government to preserve those bridges, he said. "We'll go in and have a contractor do a lot of rebuild work on those and replace some structures, floor beams and do a lot of work to preserve those two bridges."
The Rochester Bridge is a $1.1-million project and the county will pay $100,000 of that.
The Neal Lane Bridge in Myrtle Creek is a $600,000 project, and the county's share is $60,000.
Paul says that they will also have another project later on the Cavitt Creek Covered Bridge south of Glide on Little River Road.