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Asphalt work slows filling of Highway 101 'voids'.

Byline: The Register-Guard

FLORENCE - The "voids" discovered beneath Highway 101 north of the Sea Lion Caves should be filled and repaved by noon today, the state said Wednesday afternoon.

Oregon Department of Transportation crews who were tearing away asphalt from a 200-foot long section of the highway encountered thicker-than-expected asphalt, which slowed the removal process, ODOT said. The asphalt had to be removed in order to fill voids created by erosion of the roadbed, the state said.

ODOT crews on Monday were attempting to grind and repave cracks in the asphalt when they discovered the subsurface erosion underneath the southbound lane. The agency closed the southbound lane and routed all traffic onto the northbound lane, under the control of flaggers.

An inspection on Tuesday found the roadbed gravel had eroded beneath the asphalt cracks, most likely during the heavy rains of winter and spring, ODOT said.

Until the road is fully reopened, ODOT is asking drivers to go slow in the area and to expect delays of 10 to 15 minutes.
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Date:Jul 15, 2010
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