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ODOT predicts Highway 20 project will see significant construction next year

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An ODOT spokesman says there will be significant construction next year on the very expensive, and design troubled Highway 20 re-alignment west of Eddyville. The project has been stalled for over a year after tall bridge supports started moving, meaning that the ground they were planted in is unstable.

So how do you stop this “mud glacier” from moving? Well, if the Schooner Creek Road experience shines any light on the problem, you dig deep down to the true toe of the “glacier,” dump in lots of rock, and hope for the best. However, neither Granite Construction nor ODOT are willing to foot the extra capital to do it. So for the past year they’ve been arguing over money and which design to go with when the money is found.

However, the Oregonian’s Lori Tobias found ODOT’s local public information officer willing to sound an optimistic note that there is credible hope for a near-term solution. Click here.

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