The closure several miles south of Vernonia will last about two months, according to state officials.

COURTESY MAP: OREGON DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - Timber Road will remain open as a detour while work is being done on the Beaver Creek Bridge, which will temporarily sever Highway 47 between Vernonia and Buxton this summer.A section of Highway 47 in between its junction with Highway 26 and the city of Vernonia will be closed for nearly two months this summer, the Oregon Department of Transportation announced Tuesday, April 17.

The highway will be closed between McDonald and Johnson roads in order to allow a contractor to replace the bridge at Beaver Creek in Columbia County, ODOT said. A detour will be set up for through traffic on Timber Road.

The existing Beaver Creek Bridge is aging, "in poor condition and in need of frequent repairs," according to ODOT. It will be removed starting July 9, with a new bridge constructed in its place. The department expects to open the new bridge to traffic on Sept. 7.

Some work on the project has already been done, according to ODOT, including the clearing and removal of trees from around the work site. Traffic may be impacted by additional work before July 9, which could require lane closures and flaggers at times.

A community meeting will be held to discuss project details before the closure and construction start, ODOT said. That meeting has yet to be scheduled.

More information is available on the project website.

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