Beef Bend emergency repairs complete - road open

For Immediate Release: Saturday, January 02, 2016

Sponsored by: Department of Land Use and Transportation, Operations and Maintenance Division

Beef Bend Road opened Jan. 2, 2016, after sinkhole repairsBeef Bend Road opened at about 7:30 tonight (Jan. 2), following repairs to a sinkhole and damaged culvert resulting from heavy rains.

The road had been closed between 150th Avenue and Westminster Drive, about 2 miles west of Highway 99W, since the sinkhole was discovered beneath the roadway on Dec. 22 at 146th Avenue. The sinkhole extended under traffic lanes and was estimated to be 20 feet deep. Kerr Contractors worked long days to expedite repairs to reopen the roadway as quickly as possible. 

Latest estimates indicate County road damage from recent storms is about $4 million. Crews are working to repair damaged shoulders, drainage ditches, small slides, and potholes on County roads. 

To request a road-related service, call 503-846-ROAD (846-7623), e-mail, or submit an online service request form. LUT staff monitors these options 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday, with the exception of holidays. To report a hazardous road condition outside of normal business hours, call the Washington County non-emergency response number: 503-629-0111. 

For the latest information on road conditions, visit

Washington County is committed to planning, building and maintaining a great transportation system, ensuring the safety of all roadway users, and operating the County roadway system in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner.

Media Contact:

Melissa De Lyser, Communications Coordinator