Crews working hard to repair and open roads damaged by heavy rains

SALEM—Contractors and crews working for the Oregon Department of Transportation are working hard to repair roads that were damaged and closed because of heavy rains and flooding that inundated Northwest Oregon roads last week. Several state highways were damaged extensively and could take at least a week to repair.

The following is an update on those repairs and closures:

U.S. 101 at Wheeler (milepost 47-48 in Tillamook County): On Tuesday, one lane of traffic was opened with flaggers controlling two way traffic.   The highway had been closed for six days after multiple slides damaged the road. Two areas in particular received significant damage and a slide at milepost 48 will eventually need a more extensive repair. The area is still unstable. Travelers can expect delays today while crews pave the road at the damaged sites. The slide area at milepost 48 will remain with only one lane open indefinitely.

OR 131 at Happy Camp Road in Tillamook County: The road has been closed since late last week when a failed culvert (pipe) resulted in a large sink hole that damaged the road. The area still remains unstable. Two contractors have been working simultaneously to install a new pipe under the road and rebuild the road. The contractors are working double shifts to expedite the work. Residents of Oceanside have been using the Cape Meares Loop Road (county road) to get around the closure. The road is estimated to open on Tuesday or Wednesday of next week.

OR 22 (Three Rivers Highway) at milepost 12 in Yamhill County: This road has been closed for over one week after a culvert failed created a large sink hole across both travel lanes. A contractor has begun work to install a new pipe under the road. Once that it is installed, the road will be rebuilt. The area is still unstable. Given the depth of the culvert and width of instability, the section that will be rebuilt could be about 200 feet. The road is estimated to open by next Wednesday.

OR 202 at milepost 6 south of Astoria: This closure is the result of a failed culvert. A contractor is starting today to install a new pipe and rebuild the road. However, the pipe conveys tidally influenced water, so the contractor will have to work around water levels and tides. The pipe must also be installed in order to meet fish passage requirements. The road is estimated to open in two weeks. A local detour around the closure is available to travelers.

All the repairs and time lines for completion are weather dependent.

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