Traffic Delays on Highway 101 Bridge

Unwiring the Span Causing Traffic Delays

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Traffic across the Siuslaw River Bridge on Highway 101 will be facing delays over the next few days as a crew from Central Lincoln PUD works on removing a line that is no longer needed.

 Robin Hicks – “We had an old submersible cable that actually goes across the bridge.  You know the section of the bridge that opens and closes?  At that location it goes down the bridge, under the water, back up the bridge and then continues to the south side.”

Robin Hicks with the PUD says they’ll be using a specialized boom truck to help them get out and under the span to remove the cable.

Robin Hicks – “We need a truck that kind of goes out and over the side of the bridge.  We have to get under the bridge, we have to hang in the air to get this off.”

Traffic will face delays today between noon and four pm, then again Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between eight AM and 4:30.

Studded Tire Deadline

The Oregon Department of Transportation says studded tires cause an estimated $40-million in damage to streets, roads and bridges in Oregon each year.

If you still have them on your car by this time tomorrow, they could cause $190 damage to your checkbook.

Midnight tonight is the deadline for removing your studded tires.  They’re legal to use in Oregon between November 1st and March 31st.

Legislative Discourse

A trio of Oregon lawmakers will be in Reedsport tomorrow evening for a little give and take with residents… No foolin!

Ninth District State Representative Caddy McKeon (muh-Cue-in), a Coos Bay Democrat; and Representative Tim Freeman, a Roseburg Republican will share the podium with State Senator Arnie Roblan tomorrow night from six to 7:30 at the Umpqua Discovery Center.

McKeon staffer Courtney Flathers said the three will talk about the recently completed legislative session and take feedback from residents… there will be time for questions and answers as well.

Don Tiegen 2nd Chance Scholarship

A scholarship offered by the Western Lane Community Foundation is aimed at helping young adults get back on the “educational track”.  The Don Tiegen Second Chance Scholarship is intended for someone 25 or younger who has the desire to improve their employment possibilities through education or vocational training.

Special attention will be given to those needing to complete their high school equivalency or resume schooling after employment, military service or a change in careers.

The foundation did not specify how much the scholarship was for, but information can be found at the Western Lane Community Foundation office.  It’s in the 12th street business center… suite 18.