Egami Construction flying high

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Keizerite Sakurako Egami Thatcher inside the Brooks garage and shop where she operates her business, Egami Construction. (Submitted)

Keizerite Sakurako Egami Thatcher inside the Brooks garage and shop where she operates her business, Egami Construction. (Submitted)

By Jyll Smith
For the Keizertimes

Keizer’s Sakurako Egami Thatcher remembers her first day working on the Oregon Department of Transportation project.

A cold winter’s day in 2009 found her and husband Reed struggling mightily with a simple hand auger as they dug post holes for huge orange highway construction signs along the Wilson River highway west of Portland on a State Bridge Delivery Program.

Over the next three construction seasons, Egami Construction tackled five more bridge program projects – from as far south as Winchester on Interstate 5 to two-lane highway bridges in the rural Willamette Valley, and on higher elevation projects in the Coast Range mountains to a complex tunnel and viaduct repair on the western slope of the Cascades Range.

While Thatcher is perhaps proudest of the largest bridge program project Egami Construction tackled – the recently completed $14 million update of the Hood River interchange on Interstate 84 – she still relishes the memory of that first day on the job.


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