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

April 18 - 25, 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: Travelers should expect daytime work taking place off of the roadway.

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 Westbound US 26 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The 30-day continuous closure of the right turn lane from US 26 to Southeast Orient Drive has ended. However, crews may periodically close this turn to complete remaining construction work. Travelers should be aware of detour signs, which will be in place during lane closures.  

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 Monday 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, April 21.  Hauling will also continue along Lolo Pass Road. Below are the construction details:​

U.S. 26        

    • 24-hour flagging will occur on the west end of the project at Map Curve from 5 a.m. Monday 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. Monday, 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. 24-hour flagging will take place Monday through Fridays until May 21.
    • Travelers should expect up to one hour closure of U.S. 26 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 21 for rock blasting. This is subject to change due to site conditions and work progress.
    • Monday 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

    • Hauling will continue along Lolo Pass Road and take place Monday through Friday from sunrise to sunset. People in the area should use caution and expect truck traffic.
​​Road 31             

    • Road 31 will be closed to all traffic around-the-clock Monday through Thursday.

​For more information: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org