TERREBONNE, OR -- Visitors to Smith Rock State Park can, once again, access both sides of the Crooked River. A new, wider footbridge is now open after nearly two months of work. The project was delayed when one of the massive support beams was damaged during transport into the steep canyon.
The new bridge is eight-feet wide and officials say it will better accommodate life-saving equipment during frequent rescue operations at the park. It replaces a nearly 50-year-old bridge that had seen significant wear.
“Smith Rock State Park is thrilled to have a beautiful footbridge that will increase safety and serve the public well into the future. The new bridge will accommodate the increased visitation by allowing for two-way traffic across the river, and it will continue to provide critical access to the park’s main climbing and hiking areas for many years to come,” Park Manager Matt Davey said in a statement. “Thanks for everyone’s patience during this complex project. The contractor did an excellent job under very challenging conditions.”
Davey added, “Restoration work will continue near the footbridge over the next couple of weeks, so expect to see contractors continuing work in the area. Please be considerate when passing through.”
Photos courtesy Oregon State Parks and Recreation Dept.