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Clackamas County working with state, federal officials to navigate approval process and repair storm damage on Wilhoit Road that has restricted motorist access

ClackamasCounty is working closely with state and federal officials to repair WilhoitRoad near Rock Creek in Molalla.  The roadway has been restricted to onelane of traffic just south of Thomas Road since early April because of stormdamage.

 Thisproject was awarded federal emergency relief funding.  Delays with thestate and federal review process have pushed back the project schedule.

"Ifit were entirely up to the county, these repairs would have been completedalready.  It is taking longer than we had hoped to go through federal andstate approval processes," said Commissioner Tootie Smith.  "TheCounty has established stop signs to help people travel safely through thearea.  We will work with our partners to get this road repaired asimmediately as possible."

Approximately50 feet of the southbound shoulder and travel lane on Wilhoit Road at milepost2.23 was washed out during an April flood.  Since then thecounty has been diligently engaged with the Oregon Department of Transportationand the Federal Highway Administration to gather requisite approvals and securefederal reimbursement for the repair project.

Theroadway has been restricted to one lane, cordoned off by a temporary concretebarricade, causing traffic congestion and inconvenience to motorists and localresidents.

TransportationEngineering Manager Mike Bezner explained that, while the county will makeevery attempt to complete the repairs this year, it's possible the project willnot be completed until 2014 because of the need to work through thefederal permitting and funding processes.

"We'redoing everything we can to keep the process moving so we can restore theroadway as soon as possible," said Bezner, "but we have to go throughappropriate processes in order to receive federal reimbursement for theproject."

Oneof Commissioner Smith's priorities is efficient delivery of Countyservices.  She will monitor this project to ensure the road is repairedand back to full usage as soon as possible.

Arearesidents will be kept updated about the project and any changes inthe repair schedule.

For more information,contact Project Manager Vince Hall, 503-742-4650 or vincehal@clackamas.us.

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