In today’s MJ, it reported that ODOT should have kept the bridge open while they waited for the parts. And they leave the option hanging like it was a brilliant, unconceived idea. What they neglected to report was the response from ODOT official, Ken Wright, the Planning and Production Administrator.
When asked why ODOT/the contractors didn’t have the replacement parts in hand when they removed the original, Wright replied,
“We thought we did. However, when we took it apart, …we didn’t replace, the part that came out, the exact same part did not go back in. The system is being upgraded. When we took Part A out, we were putting Part B in…When we took some of those parts out, we have found that there were some additional parts that were totally unforeseen. At that point, the bridge wasn’t going up and down, we couldn’t just put all of the old parts back in and make it go up and down. We had some of the new parts in, and there were some new parts that we needed that were not part of the contract. And those parts have been ordered.”