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Oregon Highway 18 to Re-Open Without Restrictions Thursday NightSalem-News.com
As of Thursday morning, ODOT had approximately two dozen more log truck loads of timber to move from the area, about four miles west of Grand Ronde.
(GRAND RONDE) - The Oregon Department of Transportation plans to reopen both lanes of Highway 18 without restriction after nightfall Thursday night.
ODOT has been allowing alternating two-way traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car since Tuesday night, while crews worked to remove more than 100 trees knocked down by strong winds early Monday.
In all, ODOT estimates a total of 80 log truck loads of fallen timber will be transferred from the highway to a location in Willamina.
Timber removal crews using two loaders and three log trucks have been hampered by the narrow roadway, which restricts and slows the movement of the log-loading equipment.
ODOT estimates tree removal will be complete sometime between 5:00 PM and 8:00 PM Thursday.
Until then, flaggers and a pilot car will control traffic between milepost 15 and milepost 17.
Motorists should expect delays of 20 minutes or less until the highway is fully reopened.
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