As part of the memorial service to honor St. Paul Firefighter Austin Smith, a procession of emergency vehicles and personnel will travel from Woodburn, Ore. to St. Paul, Ore. on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The team coordinating the memorial service is anticipating around 400 hundred emergency vehicles from fire, EMS, and law enforcement agencies from around the state and neighboring states. Closures will be in place, and we anticipate that traffic will be impacted for several hours. Drivers should expect delays in Woodburn around the I-5 interchange, along the route, and traveling through and around St. Paul. Those who wish to show their respects for Firefighter Smith are encouraged to stand on sidewalks along the route.
The following is the official route for the emergency vehicle procession for fallen St. Paul Firefighter Austin Smith. The anticipated start time for the procession in Woodburn will be at 10:15 a.m. on Saturday, February 12, 2022. The procession is anticipated to arrive in St. Paul at 11:00 a.m.
The procession will start on Stacey Allison Way in Woodburn and follow Highway 219 to the St. Paul Rodeo grounds.
• Start at Stacey Allison Way just south of Walmart
• Proceeds through neighborhood streets to Kirksey Street
• Proceeds east on Parr Road NE
• Proceeds north on Butteville Road to Highway 219
• Merges onto Highway 219 and continues to Main / Church Street in St. Paul
Procession Safety Information for the Public in North Marion County
Any members of the public wishing to view the procession are encouraged to do so at any point along the procession route, with the following exceptions:
• If motorists encounter the procession, they are requested to pull over to the right side of the roadway and stop until the procession passes. Please do not attempt to cut into or interfere with the procession.
• There are numerous intersections the procession will pass by. Please do not block side roads with vehicles to ensure vehicles needing to exit the procession route may do so safely.
• During the procession, motorists should expect traffic delays along the travel route and within the city of St. Paul.
• Emergency services personnel will be staged along the procession route to assist with safety needs that may arise.
Additional traffic impacts in the north Marion County area to promote the safe flow of traffic during the memorial service:
• Highway 219 southbound from Newberg will be diverted east onto McKay Road NE starting at10:15 a.m. and should reopen around noon.
• River Road northbound will be diverted east onto Davidson Road for traffic unrelated to the memorial service starting at 10:15 a.m.
• Residents living in the St. Paul community should anticipate congestion and multiple road closures in the area surrounding the St. Paul Rodeo grounds between8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.
The memorial service is open to the public and will start at1:00 p.m. Parking will be at the South entrance of the rodeo grounds from Main Street, and flaggers will be in place.