The 1931 Caveman Bridge in Grants Pass, Oregon serves as the gateway to the Redwood Highway and is an icon to travelers and residents. This project brought the bridge back to its original beauty and updated it for seismic stability and today’s modern traffic. Oregon DOT also refurbished the historical Redwood Empire/Oregon Caves neon sign, recognized by locals and visitors alike as a beacon leading to the amazing natural beauty of the Redwoods.
The $5.3 million rehabilitation project was Caveman Bridge’s first major upgrade since its construction in 1931.
Strengthening Caveman Bridge involved repairing exposed steel rebar, injecting the cracks with epoxy, and installing titanium rebar. A new bridge deck, striping, and signage were also part of the project.
Oregon DOT refurbished the decorative rail to maintain the style but also removed some of it in key places to allow access for people using mobility devices – something that wasn’t considered 80 years ago.
The update also includes new period lighting, which was critical to keeping the Art Deco style authentic. The Grants Pass community showed up in full costumes for the grand opening. The beloved bridge is now safer and stronger so it can continue to play a role in the high quality of life there for years to come.