A perspective from Oregon’s mid-Willamette Valley

Sorry, but the Cox Creek bridge again

Written July 21st, 2022 by Hasso Hering

The Union Pacific bridge on Cox Creek on Thursday evening.

I blew it in the video on the Cox Creek railroad bridge replacement that was featured in the story that ran here on July 18, before I killed it. As you can see, the timber trestle across the creek and path is still very much in place, contrary to what I said on that video and in the text.

This path from Waverly Drive to Salem Avenue is on one of my regular bike routes along Albany’s Willamette riverfront.  But for some reason on Monday night I misinterpreted what I was seeing after construction on the Union Pacific’s Cox Creek bridge had stopped for the day.

I went past there again on Thursday evening.

By then the crew had placed at least five sturdy steel piers under the railbed on top of the bridge, on both sides of the path. But the bulk of the timber structure remains, presumably until more new supports are in place so it can be dismantled.

I’m pretty sure you are less than fascinated with these updates on this out-of-the-way railroad construction project. Maybe you are even tired of hearing about it. Tough beans. Over the coming weeks, chances are there will be more updates until the work is complete. (hh)

Two short new piers on the east side of the bridge.


You can see a couple of the new bridge supports west of the path, on the north side of the bridge.

4 responses to “Sorry, but the Cox Creek bridge again”

  1. Gordon L. Shadle says:

    I like it. Cool beans.

    Keep spilling the beans on Cox Creek.

  2. John Hartman says:

    Perhaps you could convince the City to install a 24-hour Cox Creek bridge-cam. Relatively inexpensive and the streaming infrastructure is already in place. Minimal expense-maximal reward.


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