Crooked Creek Trail Bridge Open

News Release Date
05-13-2024
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PENDLETON, Ore. (May 13, 2024) — The new bridge across Crooked Creek on the Wenaha River Trail #3106 has finished being installed and officially opened May 1. The bridge, located on the Pomeroy Ranger District approximately six miles northwest of Troy, Oregon reconnected sections of trail on either side of the creek, providing a safe stream crossing on the popular primary access point into the Wenaha-Tucannon Wilderness. 

 The assembly of the bridge only became possible with coordination between Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, contractors, outfitters and the US Forest Service all working together. Preparation began in phases as work crews needed to pack in construction equipment by hand, sometimes guided by outfitters. Project improvements began with the bridge abutments around April of that year and work progressed to get all the work completed prior to the helicopter flying in the bridge and materials that November. It was with the help of the ODFW Wenaha Wildlife office staff and compound to store the materials and provide a helicopter staging area that made the final portions possible.

 The construction work required that a portion of the Wenaha River Trail #3106 was closed during implementation but has since been reopened to the public.

The old Crooked Creek bridge was destroyed by the 2015 Grizzly Bear Complex Fire and was subsequently removed in late fall of that year. The Umatilla National Forest received funding through the Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) to replace the bridge and reestablish access to the area.

The funding for the Crooked Creek bridge replacement project was part of a $285 million investment on National Forests that was made possible by the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund, established in 2020 by the Great American Outdoors Act.

Nationally, the funds will allow the Forest Service to implement more than 500 infrastructure improvement projects essential to the continued use and enjoyment of national forests lands.

The projects serve as a catalyst for economic development and employment opportunities in rural communities and strengthen shared stewardship of national forests and grasslands by expanding the Forest Service work with public and private partners.

Projects funded by Legacy Restoration Funds allows the Forest Service to improve critical infrastructure essential for use and enjoyment of national forests and grasslands. The Forest Service receives 15 percent of all Legacy Restoration Funds, up to a maximum of $285 million per year through Fiscal Year 2025.

For more information on these projects in the Pacific Northwest Region, visit the regional GAOA website at https://www.fs.usda.gov/detail/r6/landmanagement/planning/?cid=fseprd796844 

More information about the Umatilla National Forest is available at https://www.fs.usda.gov/umatilla