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U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway/Mt Hood Highway)


May 23 - 30, 2015*


*Schedules are subject to change due to weather and site conditions.

There will be no work on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25.​


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: Tuesday through Friday, expect daytime lane restrictions on Helvetia Road between the westbound ramp intersection and the Jacobson Road intersection between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Flaggers will be controlling traffic through the work zone during these restrictions.

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: This project is complete; no traffic impacts.

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

Project 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 35.
    • 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 median barrier.
    • 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: K&E Excavating will work Tuesday through Friday from sunrise to sunset. This week's work will include 24-hour flagging on the west end of the project and blasting on Tuesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 28 and intermittent flagging throughout the three-mile project area. Hauling will also continue along Lolo Pass Road and Trillium Lake Road. Details include:

U.S. 26        

    • 24-hour flagging will occur on the west end of the project at Map Curve from 5 a.m. Tuesday to 10 a.m. Friday. Delays associated with the flagging should be minimal; however, it could last up to 20-minutes. Starting at 10 a.m. Friday and until 5 a.m. Tuesday, U.S. 26 will have one lane open in each direction. The 24-hour flagging will allow the contractor to place a shipping container along the north side of U.S. 26 between the work on the steep slopes and traffic on the highway to prevent rocks from rolling into U.S. 26. Travelers should expect up to one hour closure of U.S. 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, May 26 and Thursday, May 28 for rock blasting. This is subject to change due to site conditions and work progress.
    • Tuesday through Friday, travelers will encounter traffic stops controlled by flaggers, and lane and shoulder closures from sunrise to sunset throughout the three-mile project area.
    • With the exception of 24-hour flagging, 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 until October 31.
​​​​Lolo Pass Road

    • Thursday, May 28 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., flaggers will direct travelers in sections of a three-mile stretch of Lolo Pass Road north of U.S. 26 for localized pavement repairs. This work is weather dependent and can be rescheduled.​
    • Hauling will continue along Lolo Pass Road and take place Tuesday through Friday from sunrise to sunset. People in the area should use caution and expect truck traffic.
Trillium Lake Road

    • ​​​​​Hauling will continue along Trillium Lake Road and take place Tuesday through Friday from sunrise to sunset.

​​Road 31             

    • Road 31 will be closed to all traffic around-the-clock Tuesday through Thursday.
​​​​​​Laurel Hill Trail 
    • Trail​ closures as crews work on nearby slopes.

​For more information: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org

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