ODOT Schedules Online Open House For Safety Improvements At OR 551 and Ehlen Road.

Construction to begin in spring of 2021

AURORA— An online open house is currently being held for a project that will improve the safety and operations at OR 551 (Wilsonville-Hubbard Highway) and Ehlen Road located between Interstate 5 and Aurora in Marion County.

Construction is expected to begin in spring of 2021. We encourage you to find out more about the project and its construction impacts by visiting the online open house athttp://oregonevents.org/openhouse/or-551-at-ehlen-road. The online open house will be available until August 31.

The OR 551 at Ehlen Road Safety Project includes:

  • Building signalized left-turn lanes on each side of Ehlen Road at the intersection with OR 551.
  • Installing a concrete traffic separator on the west side of Ehlen Road to restrict left turns from Boones Ferry Road to OR 551.
  • Building a new county connector road between Boones Ferry Road and OR 551.
  • Constructing dedicated right-turn lanes off of OR 551 onto the new Julia Road NE.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Marion County have been working together to improve the safety and operations in the area where both Ehlen and Boones Ferry Roads closely intersect OR 551 causing both safety and operational issues.

Access for pedestrians, including those with disabilities, will be available and identified through or around the work zones.

Fatal Crash On River Road Claims One.

Press release from MCSO:

At 5:21 pm on July 28th, 2020, deputies were dispatched to a serious motor vehicle crash on River Road NE at the intersection of Clearlake Road NE, just north of Keizer.  When emergency responders arrived on scene, they discovered two vehicles were involved in the collision, a silver Ford Taurus and a green Ford F-150.  The driver of the Ford Taurus sustained fatal injuries in the crash and was pronounced deceased at the scene, the two passengers from the car were taken to an area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.  The driver of the Ford F-150 also sustained non-life threatening injuries and was also transported from the scene by ambulance.

Investigators from the Marion County Multi-Agency Crash Team were called to the scene.  During the investigation, deputies learned the Ford Taurus had been traveling eastbound on Clearlake Road NE prior to the crash.  The driver of the Ford Taurus is believed to have failed to stop at a stop sign prior to entering the intersection where it was struck by the Ford F-150 which was traveling southbound.

The driver of the Ford Taurus has been identified as, Jacqueline Cavero Chavarry, 39, of Sheridan.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office was assisted during this response by the Keizer Police Department, Marion County Fire District #1, Keizer Fire Department, Marion County Public Works, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office, and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office.


Early Morning Crash Near Hubbard Results in Serious Injuries. LifeFlight Transports One.

Press release from MCSO:

Today, July 21st, 2020, at approximately 3:49 am deputies received a 911 call reporting a serious injury motor vehicle crash in the 11000 block of Feller Rd NE, in northern Marion County.  When emergency crews arrived, they found a single vehicle crash with two patients, one of whom was in critical condition.  Life Flight was requested and transported the passenger to a Portland area hospital where they remain in critical condition.  The driver was taken by ambulance to a Salem area hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

CRASH Investigators were called to the scene and are working to determine the cause of the crash.  Marijuana use has not been ruled out as a possible contributing factor.  Feller Road was closed following the crash and during the investigation, reopening just before 8:00 am.

A determination regarding charges related to the crash will be made after additional investigation has been completed.  The driver and passenger’s names are not being released at this time pending family notifications.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Hubbard Police Department, METCOM 911, Aurora Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Life Flight, and the Marion County District Attorney’s Office for their assistance during this response.



Latest Riot In Portland Closes All Freeway Off Ramps Leading To Downtown To Address Thuggery.

Urgent press release from ODOT this evening:

At the request of the Portland Police Bureau, ODOT has closed freeway off-ramps leading to downtown Portland. This includes off-ramps from U.S. 26, I-5, I-84 and I-405. We expect  these closures to be in place until midnight tonight but conditions may change as we continue working with the Portland Police Bureau.

Fatal Accident East Of Mt. Angel Kills One.

Press release from MCSO today:

A few minutes after 1:00 pm, on May 3rd, 2020, emergency crews were dispatched to a serious injury motor vehicle crash on Marquam Road NE near Meridian Road NE, east of Mt. Angel. The crash involved a Volvo and a Chevrolet Silverado. The Volvo had two occupants in it at the time of the crash. The passenger was pronounced deceased at the scene. The driver was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The Chevrolet Silverado was occupied by four people, none of whom sustained serious injuries.

Investigators are working to determine the events leading up to the crash, initial information indicates the driver of the Volvo was going east on Marquam Road and pulled out in front of the Chevrolet Silverado which was traveling northbound on Meridian Road. Investigators have not ruled out driver impairment as a contributing factor to the crash. No determination regarding criminal charges has been made at this time.

Due to this being an active investigation, no further information will be released at this time.

The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Mt. Angel Police Department, Keizer Police Department, Mt. Angel Fire District, Woodburn Ambulance, Marion County District Attorney’s Office, Marion County Medical Examiner’s Office and Marion County Public Works during this incident.


Two Alarm Barn Fire West Of Silverton With Secondary Explosions. Law Enforcement Requested. Avoid the Area.

Fire Departments from multiple agencies in North Marion County are on the scene of a barn fire on Silverton Hwy (213) just west of Silverton. A second alarm has been called due to secondary explosions. Law enforcement has been requested with an expedited response to protect firefighters.

Watch out for emergency vehicles and avoid the area.