LA PINE, OR -- Work continues at Wickiup Junction in La Pine, despite delays caused by last month’s construction accident.
Peter Murphy, with the Oregon Department of Transportation, says Crews were trying to place two massive cement and rebar beams for what will eventually be a highway overpass. "The process of putting them in place is delicate," Murphy tells KBND News. "What we had was, the first one went in and the second one didn’t quite go in the way it was supposed to. We had a bit of an issue; it fell and knocked the other one down. They immediately set to remaking them and, I believe, in the next couple of weeks or so, they’ll be back putting them in place, once again, and then building the deck of the bridge." He says the beams weighed about 100 tons and were 173' long.
No one was hurt in the accident and Murphy says it shouldn't delay the overall project timeline. "It slowed things down a little bit. It’s not on the highway system itself, so it really didn’t impact motorists. I don’t think it’s going to have an impact on the overall project. It wasn’t supposed to end until next season, anyway."
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