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New bridge crosses Deer Creek near Umpqua Hot Springs

People can cross Deer Creek with ease when hiking or biking from Toketee Lake to the Umpqua Hot Springs with a new bridge spanning the creek. (Photo courtesy Umpqua National Forest)

TOKETEE, Ore. -- People can cross Deer Creek with ease when hiking or biking from Toketee Lake to the Umpqua Hot Springs with a new bridge spanning the creek, Umpqua National Forest officials said.

The new bridge has a combined 125-foot span and is five feet higher than the old bridge which washed out in the winter of 2011.

The Deer Creek trail bridge was flown in by helicopter on October 2nd and available to use on October 6th.

“We expect this bridge to last for our great grandchildren to cross,” said Julie Merritt, Forest Bridge Engineer. “The bridge has an 85-foot-long main span of steel truss with two 20-foot-long approach spans made of longitudinal glue-laminated slabs.”

Ridge2 River Construction from Soap Lake in Washington built the bridge. The project was funded with a grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation Trails program and U.S Forest Service funding.

Merritt added that although the project isn’t quite finished, the bridge is safe for the public to use and it blends nicely into the fall foliage.

For more information about the Umpqua Hot Springs trail segment, visit https://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/umpqua/recarea/?recid=63540.

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