Danger prompts closure of Willamette River stretch
Sunday, July 3, 2011
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) -- High, fast water in the Willamette River has made passage under Oregon's Interstate 5 bridge so dangerous that the state is closing that stretch of the river for the summer.
The Register-Guard says a cool, wet spring prolonged mountain snowmelt that has kept the river flowing faster than usual.
There's also a bridge construction project that has placed temporary pilings where debris gets hung up, adding danger not only for inexperienced boaters but even for those who know the river.
The state Marine Board is closing the stretch from the old low-head concrete dam upstream of the bridge to downstream of the construction work.
The closure is being done at the request of Lane County sheriff's search and rescue, and the Eugene and Springfield fire departments.
Information from: The Register-Guard, http://www.registerguard.com