River Scours Stretch of Highway 20

By Jim McCoy Wed 12th February NewsHighway 20Yaquina River
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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