The Multnomah Falls is one of Oregon's most popular tourist destinations. (Photo: U.S. Forest Service)
Multnomah Falls and the Benson Bridge in December 2013 (Photo: Melissa Klein Heinonen)
PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -
Good news for tourists: The most photographed bridge in Oregon is almost ready to reopen.
The Benson Bridge, which sits in front of picturesque Multnomah Falls in the Columbia River Gorge, could reopen to the public as soon as this weekend, but it will certainly be open by Memorial Day Weekend, according to the Forest Service.
A boulder from the cliffs surrounding Multnomah Falls smashed through a chunk of the Benson Bridge back on Jan. 9, causing damage to a 4' by 4' section and its railing. No one was injured, but the iconic arched bridge has been closed for repairs ever since.
Battle Ground-based Catworks Construction completed the repairs, cleaned the bridge and applied a new seal coat to the structure that will prevent deterioration from the wet environment in the spray zone of the waterfall.
In addition to the bridge, the popular Wahkeena to Multnomah Falls hiking loop will be passable upon its reopening, as well as the hike to the top of the falls.
There will be a reopening ceremony to celebrate the bridge on Friday, May 30 at 10 a.m. Attendees are encouraged to make the .25-mile short hike up to the bridge after the ceremony to view the restored bridge.
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