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Beef Bend Road reopens

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SUBMITTED PHOTO - Crews have fixed a sinkhole on Beef Bend Road that closed the busy road a week ago.Beef Bend Road is back open after emergency repair crews were able to fix a large sinkhole ahead of schedule.

The busy road shut down last week after a 7-foot-wide sinkhole opened up along the road on Dec. 22. The sinkhole was about 2 feet wide on the surface but extended underneath the road, making it dangerous for vehicles.

The road was closed from 150th Avenue to Westminster Drive, just outside of Tigard city limits.

The road reopened at about 7:30 p.m., Jan. 2.

Kerr Contractors, which did the repairs, worked long days to reopen the road, said Melissa De Lyser, a spokeswoman with the Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation.

The Beef Bend sinkhole wasn’t the open problem roads crews have been working on, De Lyser said. Heavy rains have brought about $4 million in damage to Washington County roads. Crews have been repairing shoulders, drainage ditches, cleaning up small landslides and potholes.