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There’s a lot of talk lately of the “big one” hitting the northwest and what that could mean for us in Central Oregon. We talked to ODOT about their role in a major disaster. Peter Murphy with ODOT says they would play a big role here in Central Oregon if a disaster of that magnitude were to strike. "In a worst case scenario, we'd become headquarters because we have the communications systems here at the traffic operations center to talk to the rest of the State, in case the need arises; in the event that things were very serious then we'd have supplies come into the Redmond Airport for example, and then from this side ODOT would push it's way through to the other side of the valley to do whatever it could. Now that's a worst case scenario. He explains ODOT has the ability to move things; the trucks the graters and the equipment that can clear highways and fix roads so that people can drive on them.

 

 

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  • Intersection of NW Broadway Street and NW Delaware for waterline replacement project, road closures with detours clearly marked for thru traffic, 7 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily with roads opened nightly. Motorists are encouraged to avoid this area and use Bond Street and Wall Street.

 

  • Nels Anderson Road between Nels Anderson Place and Brandis Court, single northbound shoulder closure will be in effect, two-way traffic to be maintained. Project completion expected December 2017.