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Oregon Highway 42 Landslide Repairs Could Cost $5 Million


Crews have worked to repair a section of Oregon Highway 42 after a landslide in late December damaged the roadway.

Crews have worked to repair a section of Oregon Highway 42 after a landslide in late December damaged the roadway.

Oregon Department of Transportation

Clearing and repairing a stretch of Highway 42 in­undated by a half-million cubic yards of debris could cost the state $5 million, state Department of Transportation officials said Friday.

The estimated cost is on top of $11 million already budgeted for a two-year state curve-straightening project on Highway 42 near the Douglas-Coos county border in Southwestern Oregon.

The slide occurred at one of the stretches that had been straightened, and that roadwork may have helped trigger the slide, the state has said.
 
Crews have been working to clear the highway since a Dec. 23 landslide sent soil and rocks tumbling onto the highway and into the Coquille River from 480 feet up the hillside on the road’s north bank.
 
To read more, visit The Register-Guard.

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