Section of Oregon highway swells as crews drill beneath surface

TANGENT, Ore. - A section of Oregon Highway 34 swelled up about a foot as a utility company drilled horizontally beneath the roadway, the Oregon Department of Transportation said.

A contractor for NW Natural Gas was boring under the road for a pipeline project.

As material built up, it put pressure under the road, lifting the surface up about a foot, according to ODOT.

The driller removed the material and the road settled down, ODOT said.

Experts will inspect the road surface for damage.

A traffic warning on TripCheck that said the road had collapsed was in error.

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