Work will close walkers' bridge

The pedestrian bridge connecting Alba Drive to the dog park in Medford's Bear Creek Park will be closed starting Monday for as long as three months during construction of a retaining wall that's part of the reconstruction of Alba Drive.

Alba Drive runs north from Barnett Road along the west bank of Bear Creek.

Gary Leaming, a spokesman for the Oregon Department of Transportation, said in a media release that the retaining wall is part of a project to rebuild a new sidewalk to the pedestrian bridge. Safety concerns required the bridge to be closed, Leaming said.

The new sidewalk is part of a larger project that will rebuild the bridge that carries Barnett Road over Bear Creek. The new bridge is part of the larger south freeway interchange rebuild.

— Bill Kettler

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