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Wednesday, August 01, 2007

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A construction project to improve a section of Highway 20 is on hold for 12 months to allow ODOT to explore landslide mitigation options. The 10-mile segment, the last unimproved portion of Highway 20 between Corvallis and Newport, is extremely curvy and 90% is marked no-passing. The plan calls for replacing the current road between Eddyville and Pioneer Mountain with a straight seven-mile segment with multiple passing lanes and wider shoulders. Freight trucks, commuters and tourists headed to and from the coast won’t have a quicker drive until 2010 at the earliest.

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