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Since You Asked

Hey, I went out of my way to avoid Depot Street Bridge this morning (Monday) because a certain newspaper said crews would be paving and wreaking all sorts of havoc. "Traffic delays of up to 20 minutes are expected all day," you quoted Jackson County engineer Mike Kuntz as saying. So then my neighbor tells me they didn't pave today. At all. Bridge work delayed again? What gives?

— Fern N., Rogue River

You can blame Mother Nature this time, Fern. Spring showers delayed the final paving of the Depot Street Bridge until today, Kuntz says.

"It's looking like 7 a.m. Tuesday," he says, though that's by no means a promise, given Ms. Nature's fickle, well, nature.

Crews were expected to begin grinding sections of the paving area Monday night. Paving will extend from the railroad tracks near Main Street, across the unique 5,500-ton, 300-foot creation arching over the Rogue River to Highway 99.

Drivers, once again, are asked to avoid the north- and southbound Interstate 5 freeway ramps near Rogue River during these final stages of construction if possible, says Kuntz.

And to be patient.

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