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

August 29 - September 5, 2015*

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

Heavy rains Friday, August 29 and Saturday, August 30 could mean construction schedule changes and slick road surfaces in NW Oregon. Read more . . .

No work will take place between Friday, September 4 at noon and Monday, September 7 in observance of the Labor Day holiday.  ​ ​

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: Expect nighttime, right lane closure of westbound U.S. 26 on Monday, August 31 from 8 p.m. until 5:30 a.m. Tuesday, September 1 to add more temporary concrete barriers along the shoulder.  The right lane of the eastbound US 26 off-ramp (exit 61) will be closed for approximately one month beginning Monday, August 17 to finish widening the ramp. Right turns onto southbound Brookwood Parkway will still be allowed. All barricades will be removed from the roadway starting at noon Friday, September 4 for the Labor Day Holiday. ​ 

For more information: www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/REGION1/pages/us26_brookwoodpkwy/index.aspx or call the noise hotline at (503) 646-0231.

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. Crews will begin setting up the work platforms and containment systems in September 2015. The painting phase of the project is expected to begin in September 2015.

​Traffic Impacts: No traffic impacts.

For more information: www.RossIslandBridgeProject.org

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 Thursday from sunrise to sunset. This week's work requires flagging throughout the three-mile project area from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Friday (work will not take place after noon on Friday for the Labor Day Weekend). Hauling will also continue along Lolo Pass Road and Trillium Lake Road. Details include:

​U.S. 26        

    • Monday through Friday during daylight hours, travelers will encounter traffic stops controlled by flaggers, with lane and shoulder closures from sunrise to sunset throughout the three-mile project area. Travelers should plan for 20-minute delays any time the contractor is working.
    • 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.
    • Blasting will resume after Labor Day and will require closures on U.S. 26 Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. On Thursday, August 13, K&E Excavating finished blasting on the slopes east of the runaway truck ramp.
    • 24-hour flagging will resume at the west end of the project on Tuesday, September 8. 
​​​​Lolo Pass Road
    • Periodic hauling will continue along Lolo Pass Road and take place Monday through Thursday from sunrise to sunset. People in the area should use caution and expect truck traffic.
​​​Trillium Lake Road​​​, Road 31, and Laurel Hill Trail 

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

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

​​For more information: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org


Region 1 Rumble Strip Installation Project - U.S. 26 impacts

Project Description: This project will install rumble strips in the center and shoulder of several highway segments around the region, as well as reflective pavement markers, as a way to reduce fatal and serious injury crashes.

Traffic Impacts: Expect nighttime lane closures with traffic control and up to 20-minute delays on U.S. 26 (Mt. Hood Highway) from mileposts 19.90-22.7 and mileposts 32.35-49.20 on Tuesday, September 1 and Wednesday, September 2 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. Nighttime lane closures are also expected on U.S. 26 from mileposts 57.50-84.95 and mileposts 91.50-94 on Wednesday, September 2 and Thursday, September 3 from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. No work is planned over the Labor Day weekend.