Helvetia Road closed due to damaged railroad trestle

For Immediate Release: Tuesday, July 18, 2017

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

Helvetia Road closureHelvetia Road is closed between Dierdorff Road and Grossen Drive due to damage caused after a dump truck struck the trestle on Monday (July 17).

A spokesperson for the Portland & Western Railroad (PNWR) estimated that repairs to the trestle could take five to seven days, depending on the extent of the damage and needed repairs. Todd Watkins, acting manager, Washington County Department of Land Use & Transportation Operations and Maintenance Division, said that road repairs may also be necessary.

Helvetia Road is closed at the trestle to all travelers;local traffic only is allowed between Dierdorff Road and Grossen Drive/Badertscher Road. Through traffic is detoured on West Union and Jackson Quarry roads. (See map)Swiss Festival attendees and patrons of Helvetia Tavern and other businesses north of the trestle should access Helvetia Road from Jackson Quarry Road.

For updates on this and other road news, visit www.wc-roads.com or follow us on Twitter @washcoroads.

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