Culvert work will close Highway 20

Posted on September 19th in News

Closure will begin Sept. 21

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be installing four new culverts under Highway 20 east of Burns starting this week to help mitigate flooding issues that have occurred over the past few years.

The work is scheduled to take place Sept. 21 through Oct. 2 and will include repaving a short section of roadway over the culvert installation between mileposts 132.67 and 132.72.

Starting Sept. 21, the highway will be closed at the work site for 12 days, opening to through traffic on Oct. 3. During the 24-hour-a-day closure, traffic will be detoured via Fry Lane and Crane Boulevard / Highway 78 (less than a mile of extra travel). All work on the project is expected to be completed before Oct. 3.

The new culvert placement is in addition to four 48-inch diameter culverts that were installed under the highway in 2011 after extensive flooding of the Silvies River drainage area.

“The additional four culverts to be installed this year will compliment and enhance the functionality of the existing drainage system, further reducing the impacts of future flooding events,” said ODOT Project Leader Sean Maloney.

For more information about this project, interested parties can contact ODOT Project Manager Doug Johnson at 541-823-4021 or via email at

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