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
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: 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
- 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
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
- 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.