The following article originally appeared in the Wednesday, Jan. 16, 1974, issue of the Albany Democrat-Herald.
Surface water is draining from most mid-valley roads. But rising rivers will continue to threaten low areas until the flows crest sometime Thursday morning, says Gordon Wallace, Linn County engineer.
Water from a swollen Calapooia River closed Oakville Road from Albany to Highway 34 Wednesday night and this morning.
State police closed Highway 34 just east of Corvallis this morning at 9:30.
Lt. James Hamer, Albany station commander for the Oregon State Police, said the Willamette River is expected to cross the highway on he east side of the Van Buren Street Bridge from Corvallis to Linn County.
Hamer said strong currents could wash through the area, sweeping vehicles from the highway.
State police had no "major problems" in the Linn County areas they patrol, Hamer said.
Wallace said rising creeks and rivers have closed parts of Peoria Road, Looney Lane south of Linn-Benton Community College and Oakville Road.
Portions of county roads 122 west of Tangent and 202 east of Fayetteville also were closed, he said.
Wallace said he would ask Linn County commissioners this morning to cut load limits on country roads from a maximum of 78,000 pounds to 60,000 on I5 county roads.
All other load limits will be reduced to 24,000 pounds unless the roads are posted for even lower limits.
The engineer said the lower limits will be imposed to protect roads weakened from the effects of freezing, thawing and flooding.
"It's a little early to tell how much repair work will be needed," Wallace said.
He said he should know within a week how much shoulder erosion has occurred. In some places, he said, pavement has been lifted and will have to be replaced.
Wallace also is concerned about the effects of high water on county bridges.