The City of Cottage Grove will be holding a ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly constructed J. Polk Currin Swinging Bridge on Saturday, Nov. 30, at 10 a.m.
The new suspension bridge replaces the previous bridge at that location which was closed in September 2016 after engineer inspections indicated the bridge was unsafe.
The previous bridge, commonly known as “The Swinging Bridge,” but officially named the Currin Bridge, was built in 1965. The bridge was named after J. Polk Currin, an early resident of Cottage Grove and one of the first three graduates from Oregon State University. He was also a long-standing teacher and pioneer druggist.
The bridge built in 1965 was built to replace previous bridges constructed over the years at the approximate location, the first of which was constructed by Currin to allow members of the community to have access to both sides of the Coast Fork Willamette River. The Cottage Grove City Council expanded the official name of the bridge to “J. Polk Currin Swinging Bridge” to differentiate the bridge from other bridges that shared the Currin name.
Hamilton Construction and the Ausland Group designed and constructed the new bridge. Construction was completed Oct. 18, for a cost of about $804,000. The city received a grant from the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department’s Local Government Grant Program for $200,000, with community members raising nearly $18,000 through Friends of the Swinging Bridge fundraisers and the Roundup for the Bridge program on City Utility bills.
For more information about the ribbon cutting or J. Polk Currin Swinging Bridge project, contact the City of Cottage Grove at 541-942-5501.