Multnomah County has reopened SE Cochran Road in Troutdale following a five-month closure to build a new bridge over Beaver Creek. Even though both lanes of traffic will be open to vehicles today the community should expect intermittent shoulder closures with flaggers directing traffic throughout the week, as some landscaping needs to be finalized.
Over the course of this project, the county replaced an undersized and aging concrete box culvert with a 60-foot long concrete bridge structure. New retaining walls were built to widen the roadway at the crossing, and an extensive drainage system was installed to divert polluted runoff from the road away from the creek.
Beaver Creek is one of the best salmon habitats in urban east county. The SE Cochran Road bridge is one of three culvert improvement projects that aims to improve fish passage along Beaver Creek beneath county roads. The Stark Street culvert was replaced in 2017, and improvements were completed for the Troutdale Road culvert in 2018. These three projects opened up over six miles of fish habitat. Multnomah County thanks the local residents for their patience during this closure.