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Illinois River swinging bridge closed for repairs

The Illinois River bridge near Selma in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is temporarily closed while the U.S. Forest Service can repair a “massive hole” in the decking among other hazards. Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest photo via Facebook.

A more than six decade old swinging bridge in rural Josephine County is closed until the U.S. Forest Service can make it safe to cross again.

The Illinois River swinging bridge near Selma in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest is temporarily closed while the forest service fixes a “massive hole” in the decking, according to a U.S. Forest Service - Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest Facebook post.

They urge hikers to heed the signs on the blockade noting an “extreme hazard ahead.

“We know that closures are frustrating, and that people are going to be upset by this — or even angry enough to ignore the signage,” the U.S. Forest Service post states. “But this is a serious hazard, and we would really hate to have anyone get hurt.

In addition to the hole in the decking, crews will also fix “other parts that aren’t passing safety inspection muster” that include the railings