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Greg Walden is taking a closer look at federal fines at rock quarries and mines in the State. That's because the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate and Producers Association or OCAPA says there's been an unfair surge in citations from the federal mine regulators. "From what I've heard if they have a cracked window or have a rock chip. like what we get around here all winter, they get fined a couple hundred bucks and apparently very uneven enforcement. Things they are told are fine one week and then someone else comes in the next week and they whacked the next week; it’s that unpredictable government enforcement with a heavy hand and fine that causes small businesses to get very frustrated and not want to grow.” Walden adds he has no intention of downplaying the need for safety regulations in mining. But some rock quarry owners say the regulations often have nothing to do with safety. Some were fined for having cardboard boxes in the wrong place in the office, even though the boxes were being delivered during the inspection and they weren't given time to put them away. Besides being in Bend today, Walden is also talking with restaurant owners in Madras at Great Earth Natural Foods at 2 p.m.

 

 

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King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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