A new traffic pattern greets Monday morning travelers on highway 101. Last night paving crews began the grinding of the center lanes of highway 101 as part of the ReVision Florence project. City project manager Megan Messmer says that motorists are encouraged to use Kingwood, Quince and Bay Street for travel into old town. Last night crews focused on the southbound interior lane of highway 101. Traffic was limited to one lane in each direction. Paving will occur over the next two weeks and is dependent on weather conditions. Most of the work will be done in the overnight hours.
Counterfeit bills have once again been found circulating in Florence. The 100 dollar bills were actually reported to have been circulated between September 30th and October 4th, Florence police say that the fake bills have a blue band coming off of them and there is no hologram on the right side of the bill. Police have released this information in case some of the bills are still in circulation. According to the report the bills are identical and it is believed that they come from the same source.
Crash Holds Up 126 Traffic (UPDATE)
Initially it was reported to Coast Radio that crash on 126 was a fatality, but response to our story has reported to us that the driver is alive. OSP has not confirmed this additional information. The crash happened on Highway 126 in Walton on Friday night caused the closing of the highway near milepost 33. A dark colored Jeep Grand Cherokee left the highway and flipped, landing the vehicle on a tree stump which pierced its roof. The driver was extricated from the vehicle and life-flighted to Eugene Riverbend Hospital. Traffic was delayed for several hours.
Razor Clamming Reopens State-wide
Razor Clamming has been reopened along the entire Oregon Coast. The Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of fish and Wildlife say the amount of toxins in the clam viscera has dropped below dangerous levels. Previously the area south of the mouth of the Umpqua River to the Coquille River had been closed. ODFW says they will continue to monitor the toxin levels bi-monthly.
Gas Prices Jump…Again
Gas prices jumped another 4 cents a gallon over the weekend in Florence. The price of a gallon of regular gas is now at $2.91 a gallon. Prices are expected to continue to rise for the short term. Refinery issues are still bothering the western fuel supply.