PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) – The Eagle Creek Trail has two new bridges, but it could still be months before it reopens to the public.
The Oregonian/OregonLive reports the U.S. Forest Service installed two new footbridges on the fire-ravaged hiking trail Wednesday, replacing bridges that burned as the Eagle Creek fire tore through the Columbia River Gorge in 2017.
Helicopter pilots airlifted the Fern Creek Bridge and High Bridge onto the trail, where crews will now work to install them. The same process was used to install the Tish Creek Bridge before the wildfire in 2017.
While the new bridges make the Eagle Creek Trail safer to hike, it will remain closed due to threat of rock fall and landslides, according to the forest service, especially as seasonal rain and snow approaches.
Information from: The Oregonian/OregonLive, http://www.oregonlive.com