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

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 direction).​

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: 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