Have plans to cool off in the popular High Rocks swimming hole over the Fourth of July holiday?
Then be aware that Clackamas County's Water Environment Services will close its 82nd Drive bridge for pedestrians and cyclists for one week starting Monday, July 3 for condition assessment and inspection.
County officials don't plan to reopen the bridge, which carries sewage pipes across the Clackamas River, until 7 p.m. Monday, July 10.
During the closure, you'll still be able to swim across the river at High Rocks, under the watchful eye of American Medical Response lifeguards. But you will not have access to the bridge from either the Oregon City or Gladstone sides of the river. Signs will be posted directing pedestrians and bicyclists to the Oregon Highway 99E (McLoughlin Boulevard) detour route.
"Working with our partner cities of Gladstone and Oregon City, WES has made arrangements to allow access to the 82nd Drive pedestrian bridge for emergency personnel from both cities (from their respective sides of the river) if needed in the event of an emergency during the week-long closure that begins July 3," said spokesman Edward Nieto.
County officials are working with the Oregon Department of Transportation and OBEC, a bridge engineering consulting company, during the assessment and inspections.