Gordon’s update: rain and road closure

Lt. Gordon McCraw says weather will be on the wet side through early next week and bridge repairs will close OR 47 under the OR 6 overpass, south of Banks, Nov. 7 – 10.

Lt. Gordon McCraw


The cold front has stalled well to our south, extending northeast to southwest across the Newport area where they continue to have moderate to heavy rain.  The front will start to move east later today as a low pressure trough moves northeastward across our area this afternoon, triggering more showers and possible a thunderstorm or two, especially over the coastal waters.  Another area of showers west of that will bring in more showers from the southwest later tonight.  Once this area of rain moves to the north we could see some dense patchy fog form early Friday morning then the rest of Friday may turn out to be dry, during the day anyway as another low pressure system is forecasted to develop off our coast Friday night pushing in the rain by around midnight.  Showers linger into Saturday afternoon then yet another low develops and brings in more rain Sunday.  Monday on the models start to head into different directions, some say dryer, some continue with the precipitation.  With the pattern lately, we will lean towards the wet side until the models come into better agreement.

Bridge repairs scheduled on OR 47 under the OR 6 overpass south of Banks

Work is to repair damaged bridge; expect delays

BANKS— A contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation will be closing the southbound lane of OR 47 under the OR 6 overcrossing south of Banks starting the morning of Monday, November 7 until Thursday, November 10. The lane closure is to allow the contractor to repair the underneath concrete girders that were damaged in a July crash of an over-height load.

The bridge location is just south of Banks at milepost 83.72. The northbound lane of OR 47 will be open with flaggers controlling traffic 24 hours during the lane closure.   Travelers should add some travel time especially in the early morning and late afternoon when there are higher volumes of traffic using the road.  Travelers should expect some delays during the closure.

Lt. Gordon McCraw
Emergency Management Director
Tillamook County Sheriff’s Office