ODOT keeping eye on sink hole on Highway 38

Scottsburg Ore.- Today the coast saw less rainfall, but the heavy rain the past couple of days have road maintenance crews working around the clock.

Thursday morning Highway 38 was closed to all traffic between Reedsport and Scottsburg due to a sinkhole that opened up between Scottsburg Park and Loon Lake Road.

Apparently, more than one thousand yards of debris eroded from the highway and ODOT and geology staff are on scene executing a repair plan.

"It took right about 12 hours for the sink to be filled with rock and maintenance to stable it back up" says Allen Deaton with ODOT. "We've got some minor work to go through still this afternoon. We hope to have one lane open this afternoon with flaggers."

Highway 38 opened around 3:00 p.m.

Deaton says to expect minor delays for travelers and to drive with caution.

"As of right now, ODOT is expecting to see possibilities of more activity as far as landslides and trees. We continue to ask drivers to be prepared as they travel. Use caution when they are in the area, continue to look at Trip Check for up to date road and weather information" continues Deaton.

As of noon, ODOT reopened Highway 42 near mile post 45 after a rock slide occurred this morning at the Douglas-Coos County line, east of Myrtle Point. It was re-closed later in the afternoon on Friday after rocks came down on the road. It should be closely monitored by travelers.

The Coos River Highway also re-opened, and a single-lane closure is still in effect east of Allegany.

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