The work will require a detour off Highway 47 through Forest Grove until Saturday morning.

Maintenance work at the railroad crossing on Highway 47 in Forest Grove will require a road closure Friday, July 13, into Saturday morning, July 14, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

ODOT spokesman Lou Torres said crews will be working on repairing the crossing and rebuilding the sub-grade on Highway 47, signed as Quince Street north of Highway 8. That work will require a closure from 8:30 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, a nearly 24-hour period.

"This is a project that we're working with the (Portland & Western) Railroad on, and our part of it is, of course, the highway part," Torres explained.

A detour route will be set up along North 24th Avenue, Yew Street and Highway 8. Torres said signage will in place during the closure.

ODOT does not anticipate any lingering delays after the closure is lifted Saturday.

"Once it opens up, we should be fine. We should be able to get all of the necessary work done," Torres said, adding, "It will be a bang-bang operation, of course. … We don't want to keep that road closed for long."

Once the work is complete, Torres said, motorists can expect a "smoother ride" through the Quince Street railroad crossing.

"That crossing through there has been really very bad for a long time," he said. "We've had a lot of complaint from folks driving through there, so that's kind of why we're doing the work."

Washington County is also participating in the project, conducting some paving work, according to Torres.

By Mark Miller
Editor, Forest Grove News-Times
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