Curry Coastal Pilot

Oregon 42 South is now open to a single lane of traffic, according to a press release from the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The highway from Coquille had been closed five miles east of Bandon since Wednesday night when a blocked culvert washed out 50 feet of pavement.

Over the weekend, ODOT and Hayes Construction installed a four-foot diameter culvert 25 feet below the road surface and placed 1,800 tons of rock in the hole. The new culvert is less likely to become blocked by storm debris than the previous 2-foot pipe, ODOT officials said. It will also allow better fish passage, according to ODOT.

Flaggers will provide traffic control until the 50-foot section of road is paved later this week. Motorists should expect brief delays through the work zone.

The repair project is expected to cost $118,000.