March 28 - April 4, 2015*
*Schedules are subject to change due to weather and site conditions.
U.S. 26 – Sunset Highway – Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange
Project Description: The U.S. 26 Northwest Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange project will improve traffic flow and safety in the interchange area. Project elements include:
- Constructing a new westbound U.S. 26 to southbound Brookwood Parkway exit loop ramp.
- Reconstructing the westbound U.S. 26 entrance ramp from Northwest Helvetia Road.
- Widening the Northwest Brookwood Parkway overcrossing to accommodate additional northbound and southbound lanes over U.S 26.
- Extending the right-turn lane from northbound Northwest Brookwood Parkway to the eastbound U.S. 26 entrance ramp.
- Adding sidewalks and bike lanes within the interchange area.
Traffic Impacts: Work activities currently scheduled will take place off of the roadway, with minimal traffic impacts.
- Please note: Northwest Groveland Drive is permanently closed at Northwest Helvetia Road. Northwest Groveland Drive will be accessible from Northwest Groveland Road via Northwest West Union Road.
- A speed reduction zone is currently in place on Northwest Helvetia Road/ Northwest Brookwood Parkway from the Northwest Helvetia Road/ Northwest West Union Road intersection to the Northwest Brookwood Parkway/ Northwest Huffman Street intersection. The posted speed limit has been changed to 40 mph in the work zone.
For more information: www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/pages/us26_brookwoodpkwy/index.aspx
U.S. 26 – Mt. Hood Highway – Ross Island Bridge
Project Description: The Ross
Island Bridge, opened in 1926, provides access across the Willamette River for
an average of 63,000 vehicles daily, along with pedestrians and bicyclists. The
bridge was last painted in the 1960s. Since then, bubbles and cracks have
appeared in the paint and rust has formed. The Ross Island Bridge
Rehabilitation Project includes the following:
- Structural work (Fall
2014 -Spring 2015): The contractor working
for ODOT for the structural phase of this project, has completed their
work on the Ross Island Bridge project. All of the strengthening, corrosion
repairs and containment bracket installations on the steel spans of the Ross
Island Bridge are complete.
- Painting (2015 - 2017): Crews will remove
the existing paint and repaint the bridge’s steel structure the historic
blue-green color it has worn since the 1960s. Work will occur over three
seasons, from spring to fall. The
painting phase of the project is expected to begin in April 2015.
Traffic Impacts: No traffic impacts.
For more information: www.RossIslandBridgeProject.org
U.S. 26 – Mt. Hood Highway – at Southeast Orient Drive
Project Description: A contractor working for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will begin construction on a safety improvement project on US 26 (Mt. Hood Highway) and Southeast Orient Drive beginning February 23, 2015. The project is scheduled to be completed in summer 2015.
Traffic Impacts: Expect single lane closures on US 26 in both
directions, as well as the northbound lane on Southeast Orient Drive from 8
a.m. to 4 p.m. as crews work on the traffic signal. Flaggers will be directing
traffic through the intersection during this time.
A 30-day continuous (day and night) closure of the
right turn lane from US 26 to Southeast Orient Drive started Monday, March 9,
2015; travelers will be directed to Southeast Kelso Road. Travelers will be
able to exit from Southeast Orient Drive to US 26 (west or eastbound
For more information: www.Oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/Pages/US26Orient.aspx
U.S. 26 – Mt. Hood Highway – east of Kiwanis Camp Road to
Oregon Highway 35
Description: Construction of safety improvements to
prevent severe and fatal crashes on U.S. 26 from east of Kiwanis Camp Road to
east of the Mirror Lake Curves and preserve the highway to Oregon Highway 35 is
underway on Mt. Hood.
Work on the nearly
eight mile stretch of U.S. 26 includes:
- Paving between Silent Rock and OR
- Cutting back the slope along a 600
foot section at Map Curve to provide a 27 foot wide ditch for rocks to land
away from the road.
- Cutting back the rock slope east
of the runaway truck ramp to east of the Mirror Lake trailhead.
- Highway widening to install a
- Construction of a retaining wall
to reduce impacts to existing trails from highway widening work.
- Extending the westbound passing
lanes for a total of about 1,400 feet.
Traffic Impacts: Construction resumes on
Wednesday, April 1. Starting Wednesday, one lane will remain open in each
direction for a nearly three mile stretch of U.S. 26 from east of Kiwanis Camp
Road to east of the Mirror Lake Curves. This lane closure will remain in place,
around-the-clock from April 1 to October 31. Wednesday, April 1 through Friday,
April 3, travelers will encounter traffic stops controlled by flaggers, lane
and shoulder closures from sunrise to sunset.
For more information: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org