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(Medina, ND)  --  A North Dakota man who spent decades working as a firefighter is the inventor of a new kind of equipment to fight oil fires.  Darrell Graf has applied for a patent for foam cannons he built in response to two major oil train derailments.  A derailment in a tiny Quebec town last July killed 47 people while last December's derailment near Casselton, North Dakota caused a huge fireball and forced a city-wide evacuation.  Graf's Foam Cannon 2000 uses a chemical foam that cuts off fuel vapors and can shoot up to 300 feet.  Graf hopes his invention will reduce the fear people living along oil train routes have about such derailments.  He also wants to better equip fire departments to deal with such disasters.

 

Traffic & Weather

 

 

 

King Solomon Lane closed between Ferguson Road and King David. (7/25)

 

Jones Road, full road closure between Bennington Lane and NE Butler Market Road. May 18 – August 18, local access only.
 

Oregon State University off-site improvements for intersection reconstruction, July 11 – August 3,    7 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., at intersection of Chandler Avenue and Yates Drive.

 

Orion Drive closed in two locations for sewer work; at the intersection with Avery Lane and between Desert Woods Drive and King Hezekiah Way.  From July 11 to Sept. 6. Detours marked.

 

Valhalla Sewer Relocation Project, Mt. Washington Drive at Shevlin Park Road intersection and North to Regency Street. Nighttime closures with detours marked during roundabout construction. Daytime closures for construction towards Regency Street.    7 p.m. – 7 a.m., July 11 – November.

 

R.A.B. Construction:

 

Murphy Road and Parrell Road closed with detours. (9/30)

 

Powell Butte Highway at Neff and Alfalfa Market Roads (8/31)

 
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