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Swing Span Bridge to Reopen Later This Month
The Oregon International Port of Coos Bay is gearing up for the re-opening of the swing-span across Coos Bay. Work is scheduled to be completed later this month. The rail bridge went out of service April 13th of last year after a structural failure. Visual assessments began in May to assess the causes. Since then, the tender house on the bridge was removed along with its equipment. Other work included shoring up both ends and the center of the bridge, and mechanical and electrical engineering has been completed. The bridge serves as a critical component to the overall infrastructure of the Coos Bay Rail Line, which links Oregon products to the National Railway Network and the deep draft harbor at the Port of Coos Bay. Once the work is completed trains will start moving south of the bridge through the cities of Coos Bay and North Bend. Port officials remind people to be safe and stay clear of the tracks.