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US 101 emergency culvert replacement work begins just north of Astoria-Megler bridge

Monday, March 8, 2021 - 13:29

Celeste Dimichina, communications, 360-905-2057
Joanna Lowrey, project engineer, 360-442-1350

ASTORIA-MEGLER – Work to replace a failing culvert under US 101 at milepost 1.2, just north of the Astoria-Megler Bridge, begins Monday, March 8.

US 101 remains open with a temporary signal, alternating travelers through a single lane while construction crews stage equipment and supplies. Once construction begins later this week, travelers should plan for delays of up to 20 minutes. More information about this project can be found by visiting the project webpage.

On Monday, Feb. 16, after several days of heavy seasonal rainstorms and harsh winter weather swept through Pacific County, Washington State Department of Transportation maintenance crews discovered that the concrete culvert that runs underneath the highway had begun to fail, causing a portion of the road to give way and sink.

Upon inspection, crews determined that the drainage system became overloaded, causing two separate sections in each shoulder to collapse under the highway. To keep travelers safe, crews closed a single lane of the road until permanent repairs could be made. 

“During the most recent winter storms, our maintenance crews were working around-the-clock to keep the roads and highways open and safe for travelers,” said Project Engineer Joanna Lowrey. “We realize that it’s never ideal to close a lane of the highway, especially when there’s only two lanes for travel. In this instance, a single lane closure is the best way traffic can continue to use the stretch of highway safely, until crews can replace the culvert.”

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