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Agreement allows work on US 20 project to restart

ODOT has reached an agreement with Granite Construction Company’s joint venture, Yaquina River Constructors (YRC), to terminate the US 20 Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville design-build contract.

ODOT determined that the settlement with YRC was in the best interests of the State in order to avoid the delay and costs of protracted litigation. This settlement will allow ODOT to move forward with construction on the US 20 Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville project under a new contract this summer. ODOT has already advertised the project and will open bids before the end of May, allowing work to begin in July. Work on the project has been stalled since early 2010, when it was discovered that several of its bridge columns had moved out of alignment due to continued movement of ancient landslides.

Terms of the agreement include that YRC will pay ODOT $15 million, both parties will waive claims against each other, and the Notice of Default ODOT issued to YRC in March of this year will be rescinded. YRC will no longer have the contractual obligation to complete the project and will demobilize from the project site in an orderly manner.

The US 20 Pioneer Mountain to Eddyville project is replacing the last significant unimproved section of US 20 between Newport and the Willamette Valley. The new section will be straighter, shorter, and far more safe, with more and safer passing opportunities. The new roadway follows the existing route in some locations and deviates in others. Widening the highway will allow longer trucks to use the route rather than be diverted long distances up US 101.

For more information, visit the project’s website.