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Bridge closed on Hazelgreen

By James Day

The bridge over the Pudding River on Hazelgreen Road NE between Silverton and Salem is being replaced and roads in the area will be closed for an extended period of time.

Marion County is replacing the 1969 timber bridge near the intersection of Hazelgreen Road NE and Torvend Road NE. The bridge, and the two roads, closed May 13. Torvend is scheduled to reopen by June 30. Hazelgreen is scheduled to reopen by Oct. 31.

Marion County officials say the bridge was starting to decay, has inadequate width, barrier rails and approach rails and is expensive to maintain because of its timber construction and the traffic impacts.

The new concrete bridge will be constructed on the existing alignment, and Torvend Road will be realigned.

Detours have been set up. Those wishing to use a northern route should take Hazelgreen to Howell Prairie to Nusom to the Mt. Angel Highway. The southern route involves taking Hazelgreen to Howell Prairie to Silverton Road.

For information and detailed detour maps, take the virtual open house tour at https://www.co.marion.or.us/PW/Engineering/Projects/Pages/HazelgreenBridge.aspx/.

The project costs $6.8 million, with Marion County contributing $1.8 million and the federal government approximately $5 million.

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