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Doak Mountain work to ease the lot of truckers, suckers
Published September 21, 2004
DOAK MOUNTAIN - A $9.1-million construction project
on Highway 140 will make the heavily traveled road
friendlier for motorists and endangered fish alike.
"That's where the larval and juvenile suckers will
be spending time," said Julianne Repman, spokeswoman
for the Oregon Department of Transportation.
Shallow water habitat for the suckers will be
nestled among subtle coves and points, said Gary
Larson, ODOT regional environmental coordinator.
Adding to the marsh environment will be reeds and
other aquatic plants, along with 25- to 35-foot logs
with root wads still attached.
Along a 2,000-foot stretch of highway being widened,
about 100 feet of new shoreline will be added
because of the meandering edge, Larson said.
all, six miles of the highway will be redone in the
project. Once finished there will be two uphill
lanes and one downhill lane on both sides of Doak
Big trucks will use the extra lane and an added
chain up area at the base of the mountain by the
lake to make the climb, he said.
said it is the first new project on the stretch of
Highway 140 since 1969.
Instead, it proved easier to expand east, into the
Raising steeply to the west from the highway, the
rocky hillside would be a hazard if undercut, he
Although ODOT is filling a portion of the lake with
rock, Larson said the size of the lake will be
decreased by less than 1 percent.
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