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PRSRT STD US POSTAGE PAID Merrill WI PERMIT NO 24 3433 Oakwood Hills Pkwy Eau Claire, WI 54701-7698 Address Service Requested A LOOK BACK: PROVIDING INSIGHTS IN OREGON – TIME AND TIME AGAIN Ayres Associates’ inspectors keep a close eye on Oregon’s bridges. The Oregon Department of Transportation first hired Ayres in 2006 to inspect more than 600 local government bridges in Linn, Polk, Benton, and Lincoln Counties, south and west of Salem. The bridges cross waterways, highways, and coastal boundaries in locations ranging from city streets to dense forests. Each bridge is inspected every two years in accordance with National Bridge Inspection Standards and ODOT guidelines unless conditions require more frequent checks. The team inspects and documents deficiencies, evaluates repairs, and makes recommendations for repairs. Inspectors coordinate with ODOT and local agencies. Inspections are completed in summer and fall to avoid Oregon’s rainy season. In the field, inspectors work 10- to 12-hour days and six- to seven- day weeks. Back in the office, the team completes detailed reports. Over the years, the local agencies have gotten to know Ayres’ inspectors well, and the inspection teams have gained valuable knowledge from the owners. ODOT recently selected Ayres for a seventh two-year cycle, meaning the team will be working in Oregon through at least 2020. Since 1971, Ayres Associates has inspected more than 20,000 bridges (above water and underwater) and 10,750 ancillary structures (overhead signs and high mast light poles) throughout the United States.