The Oregon State University campus and wider Corvallis community were affected by flooding in April, which led to road closures, delays and concern from students.
The intersection of Highway 34 and U.S. 20 in Corvallis was closed by the Oregon Department of Transportation on April 9 due to flood waters covering the roadway. Highway 34 was closed between Peoria Road and NW Van Buren Avenue at First Street according to Benton County’s Flooding and High Water Updates.
According to ODOT traffic volume data, about 15,800 cars on average pass across the bridge of Highway 34, going over the Willamette River, each day.
As the flooding continued into the next day, there were numerous reported incidents of vehicles sliding off the road and into water, including a full-sized dump truck
With major roadways closed, the travel time between campus and Albany, where some students, faculty and staff live, reached nearly an hour and a half.