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Crews to begin repairing Multnomah Falls bridge blasted by boulder

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Benson Bridge damaged, January 2014 Benson Bridge damaged, January 2014
COLUMBIA RIVER GORGE, OR (KPTV) -

A Battle Ground company is set to begin work on a $319,000 project to repair a bridge blasted by a boulder at Multnomah Falls.

A boulder smashed through part of the Benson Bridge in the early morning hours of Jan. 9.

Scaffolding will be hung from the bridge for repair work and the bridge will be draped with special tarps to prevent debris from entering Multnomah Creek.

Along with repair the hole in the bridge, crews will clean it and apply a new seal coat. This new seal coat will prevent deterioration from the harsh and wet environment from the waterfall spray zone and should last up to 25 years.

The contract was awarded to Catworks Construction of Battle Ground. The goal is to begin work next week and have the project completed by Memorial Day weekend.

No one was injured when the boulder hit the bridge, which was built in 1915 and is considered one of the most photographed bridges in the state.

While the popular Wahkeena to Multnomah Falls hiking loop is impassable due to the bridge closure, as well as the hike to the top of the falls, Larch Mountain trail #441 up to the closure at Benson Bridge still offers great views.

The Multnomah Falls lodge and visitor center also remain open for business.

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