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Center Street Bridge repair continues

WEST SALEM — Repair work on Salem’s Center Street Bridge, the Highway 22 bridge that carries eastbound traffic into Salem from Polk County, has resumed.

The contractor has applied a waterproof membrane and will complete paving in the coming weeks. Once paving is finished, crews will replace the bridge joints.

Conditions on the bridge will remain rough and bumpy until the project is complete. Drivers are urged to slow down on the bridge, especially in areas where the bridge joints are creating significant bumps.

Work on the bridge takes place Sunday through Thursday from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. No work is scheduled for Fridays and Saturdays. There could be multiple lanes closed at any one time. During the evening, travelers should leave extra time for eastbound travel on Highway 22 into Salem, and expect delays of up to 20 minutes.

The $2.5 million project is on schedule to be completed by Aug.15, prior to the Great American Eclipse on Aug. 21 and start of the Oregon State Fair on Aug. 25.

Spirit Mountain funds awards grants

GRAND RONDE — The Spirit Mountain Community Fund (SMCF) awarded $671,500 to 33 nonprofit organizations in Clackamas, Lane, Lincoln, Linn, Marion, Multnomah, Polk, Tillamook, Washington and Yamhill counties during a quarterly check presentation in Grand Ronde on June 14.

In Polk County, the fund awarded $7,500 to the University of Oregon Foundation to a project in Polk County.

Other nonprofits to receive grants for the Spirit Mountain Community Fund this quarter include:

• Marion County: Marion Polk Food Share — $25,000; and Friends of the Straub Environmental Center — $7,500

Paws for a Cause returns in July

DALLAS — The third annual Paws for a Cause pet drive, in memory of Sgt. Randy Whittaker, will take place during the month of July.

The public is invited to join the Polk County Sheriff’s Office in collecting new and gently used pet supplies, including food, treats, toys, collars and leashes, food dishes and more. Donations can be dropped off at the sheriff’s office, the Resource Center at the Academy Building, and at the Polk County Fairgrounds main office.

All items will be donated to local animal shelters in honor of Whittaker.

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