Flooding closes road to valley

Highway 34 is shown in this photo, posted to Twitter by ODOT on April 10, flooded between NW Van Buren Avenue and NW First Street. (Courtesy photo)

Travelers should take alternate routes to the Corvallis

LINCOLN COUNTY — The intersection of Highway 34 and U.S. 20 in Corvallis has been closed by ODOT since it flooded Tuesday evening. Waters have lowered since, but some of Highway 34 is still covered and ODOT advises that the closure will continue until the flood recedes.

ODOT tweeted drone footage of the flooding on Wednesday night, and said, “Once the water recedes, we'll begin cleanup/road damage assessment.” If immediate road repairs are need once the situation abates, the road could stay closed or have limited lanes.

Early Thursday morning, ODOT issued a news release which said that a landslide occurred on Highway 34, three miles west of Tidewater and was covering most of the road. Two hours later, another release announced that the roadway had been cleared.

As of Thursday morning, the intersection of Highways 34 and 99W was closed. Travelers are advised to expect delays when heading toward the area, consult tripcheck.com or call 511 before heading out to the valley and take alternate routes if needed. Stay up to date by checking on conditions at tripcheck.com

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