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  • Oct

    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project

    Posted by: Public Works

    Silverton Road Closure

    SALEM, OR – Silverton Road is currently closed between 60th Avenue and 64th Place for the replacement of the Silverton Road Bridge over the Little Pudding River. Due to utility and other unforeseen delays, the Silverton Road closure is being extended to January 31, 2022. Until the road is reopened, two well-marked detour routes will remain in place as shown on the attached map.

    Closing Silverton Road during construction has ensured that all of the in-water work has occurred within the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife’s designated in-water work window for the Little Pudding River in one construction season without impacting homes on either side of Silverton Road.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice or the project in general, please visit the project website at or contact Desiree Tokyo, Office Specialist III, at (503)588-5036 or by email at

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    Silverton Road Bridge Replacement Project
  • Apr

    FDA and CDC announce pause in use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine

    Posted by: Health and Human Services - COVID Testing

    Update: Monday, April 26, 2021

    On Friday, the FDA announced that it recommends use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine be resumed. The Oregon Health Authority has cleared providers to begin using the vaccine again as long as patients are provided information warning of the rare but serious risk of blood clots. More information is available from the Oregon Health Authority.


    On Tuesday, April 13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food & Drug Administration announced that use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine has been paused while they investigate six cases of a severe and rare type of blood clot in women between the ages of 18 and 48.

    Following directives from the Oregon Health Authority, all vaccine providers in Marion County have been notified to pause use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. 

    People who have received the J&J vaccine who develop severe headache, abdominal pain, leg pain, or shortness of breath within three weeks after vaccination should contact their health care provider. Health care providers are asked to report adverse events to the Vaccine Adverse Event Reporting System at


    As more information becomes available, we will update this post. 

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  • Mar

    Reduced Bridge Load Rating

    Posted by: Public Works

    South River Road: Willamette River Bridge
    Independence, OR 
    Bridge #05789A

    SALEM, OR – ODOT recently completed an updated load rating analysis for the South River Road Independence Bridge (bridge #05789A) over the Willamette River. As a result of ODOT's analysis, all single unit trucks will be limited to 25 tons gross vehicle weight and all tractor-trailers will be limited to 27 tons gross vehicle weight. The following sign will be posted at each end of the bridge, as well as major roads leading to the bridge. The sign depicts single unit and multi-unit truck configurations along with the respective weight limit for that configuration. These load restrictions will not affect passenger vehicles, pickups, RVs and other non-commercial vehicles.

    The County is required to post the bridge within 30 days of receiving notice of a load rating resulting in a reduction in load capacity.  An alternative route exists for many trucks via Highway 22 through West Salem. Reducing the allowable truck loads on this bridge will prevent over-stress of the structure and will help preserve this vital community link.

    If you have questions or concerns regarding this notice, please contact Jeff Johnson, Office Specialist, at (503) 588-5036 or by email at   

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    Reduced Bridge Load Rating