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The delay is being made to accommodate the Vernonia Friendship Jamboree & Logging Show.

COURTESY MAP: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - Timber Road is marked as a detour route during the planned closure of Highway 47 south of Vernonia.Work to replace a bridge on Highway 47 in between Vernonia and Buxton will begin about a month later than originally scheduled this summer, the Oregon Department of Transportation has announced.

ODOT said an anticipated two-month closure to allow crews to replace the bridge over Beaver Creek, which was originally scheduled to start July 9, is being pushed back to begin Aug. 6 to avoid impacting travel to and from Vernonia during the city's annual Vernonia Friendship Jamboree & Logging Show.

The Vernonia Friendship Jamboree & Logging Show will be held that previous weekend, from Aug. 3 to Aug. 5. It is Vernonia's biggest annual event, drawing visitors from communities across the region.

The scope of the work will require a full closure of Highway 47 in between McDonald and Johnson roads, which is now expected to last into early October, ODOT said. Local traffic only will be permitted from McDonald Road south to Beaver Creek and Johnson Road north to the creek.

A detour for through traffic will be set up along Timber Road, which runs in between Highway 47 north of the closure area and Highway 26 about nine miles west of Manning.

Work on the project is already underway, and ODOT said more limited traffic impacts are possible in the weeks leading up to the full closure, including single-lane closures and flagging.

The existing highway bridge over Beaver Creek is in poor condition and has become maintenance-intensive as it ages, according to ODOT. Work to remove the bridge will begin Aug. 6, and a new bridge will be constructed in its place.

ODOT tentatively expects the new bridge to be ready for traffic on Oct. 1.


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