- Associated Press - Tuesday, November 3, 2015

OAKRIDGE, Ore. (AP) - State contractors have completed a troubled project to rebuild a tunnel on Highway 58 southeast of Eugene.

Crews rebuilt the dilapidated interior and the approaches to the Salt Creek Tunnel west of Willamette Pass, near Oakridge.

The Register-Guard reports (https://bit.ly/1ROjosQ ) that the project’s $21 million price tag was more than $8 million above the original projection. The state switched contractors halfway through after the first company said the job was more complex than previously determined.

The tunnel’s completion is expected to ease traffic in the area. In April, the Oregon Department of Transportation began using flaggers and pilot cars 24 hours a day, leading to delays of up to 20 minutes.

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Information from: The Register-Guard, https://www.registerguard.com

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