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Highway 43 closed in West Linn on Friday for crews to restore power, remove tree hazards

The closure will be from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between Hidden Springs Road and McKillican Street.
A tree on a power line knocked out power to Washington County customers of Portland General Electric.

WEST LINN, Ore. — A 2.5 mile stretch of Highway 43 in West Linn is closed all day Friday, Feb. 19, for crews to restore power and remove tree hazards, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) said.

The closure will be from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. between Hidden Springs Road and McKillican Street, as crews with ODOT, Portland General Electric and the cities of West Linn and Lake Oswego work along the busy corridor. 

"The closure is an all-hands effort to accomplish in one day what may otherwise require close to a week to complete," ODOT said in a press release. "All four agencies will deploy crews to quickly restore power in an area hit hard by the recent ice storm."

There will be law enforcement at both ends of the closure, and local residents and emergency vehicles will both have access to the highway. 

In recent days since the storm, ODOT has been closing roads for PGE crews to access roads in order to get power turned on. 

On Monday, ODOT closed Interstate 84 near downtown Portland and Thursday night closed Interstate 5 near Aurora to help the PGE crews move quickly to restore service.

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