Overview Construction Impacts
Construction will take place until the fall of 2016. During construction, you will still be able to get to your favorite spot on the mountain or wherever you are heading. However, the reality is construction will delay people moving through the area. While we will have some short-term highway closures and there will be some delays, we will work to keep people moving.
Here is what to expect when construction takes place:
Travelers should expect closures up-to one hour three days a week Monday through Thursday in the early evening between 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. for blasting the rock slopes. Not all of these closures will take a full hour. However, it is best to plan on being delayed for an hour during these times. The closures are times based on how many vehicles are using U.S. 26 and on available sunlight. Nearby trails will also close briefly during the blasting operations.
Increased Truck Traffic
Nearly a million cubic yards of rocks and other materials will go to several disposal sites on Mt. Hood. These sites include: ODOT Maintenance yard at U.S. 26 and OR 35 Junction, Tamarack Quarry, Laurel Quarry and two sites along Lolo Pass Road. This means increased traffic on U.S. 26 and the roads leading to these disposal sites.
ODOT and K&E Excavating are committed to safety. Truck drivers are required to follow all traffic laws and be aware of other people using the road.
Trucks are hauling rocks, trees and other materials from the slopes of U.S. 26 to several sites on Mt. Hood. Hauling will occur starting at sunrise and until 7 p.m. We apologize for the inconvenience.
Here are some things you can do to stay safe when sharing the road with trucks:
BE VISIBLE: If you are walking, jogging, riding a bike or riding a horse be as visible as possible and wear reflective clothing.
LISTEN for oncoming trucks and do not use head phones that could block the sound of trucks approaching.
BLIND SPOTS: When riding a bike, ride with traffic and in the middle of the travel lane so you do not end up in a trucks blind spot.
WALK FACING TRAFFIC: When walking, walk on the opposite side of the road to keep your eye on oncoming traffic and be more easily seen.
PULL OUT SAFELY: When pulling out of your driveway onto the haul roads, fully stop and look for trucks and other road users before proceeding. Consider parking so that you can pull out of your driveway rather than back out to increase your ability to see oncoming trucks.
For questions or comments about the Mount Hood Highway Safety Project, please contact:
Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT Community Affairs