Rising river floods U.S. 20 on Oregon Coast

Rising river floods U.S. 20 on Oregon Coast

Credit: ODOT

Rising river floods U.S. 20 on Oregon Coast

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by Associated Press

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Posted on February 12, 2014 at 1:16 PM

Updated Wednesday, Feb 12 at 4:02 PM

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A rising river has eaten away the foundation of U.S. 20 through the Coast Range in a narrow, twisty section that for years has made trouble for drivers and highway workers alike.

The Oregon Department of Transportation said Wednesday travel at a curve about four miles west of Eddyville in Lincoln County will be down to a single lane while crews bring in rock to rebuild the foundation

Spokesman Rick Little says the roadway remains intact. The department had to rebuild part of the road about two miles to the west in a similar incident two years ago.

The highway links Corvallis-Albany to Newport. The troubled section follows the Yaquina River.

A 10-mile realignment project that ran into massive overruns and delays is scheduled to open in 2015.

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