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U.S. 26

Sept. 20 - Sept. 27, 2014 *

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


U.S. 26 (S.W. Kelly Avenue), S.W. 1st Avenue to the Ross Island Bridge
Project Description: This project will replace the concrete pavement on the southbound Ross Island Way ramp from S.W. Arthur Street to the Ross Island Bridge, and make various bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements along S.W. Kelly Avenue on the west side of the Ross Island Bridge adjacent to the National College of Natural Medicine. The contractor is currently performing final work.
Traffic Impacts: No traffic impacts.
U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) Brookwood Parkway/Helvetia Interchange
Project Description: The U.S. 26 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 Helvetia Road.
  • Widening the Brookwood Parkway overcrossing to accommodate additional northbound and southbound lanes over U.S 26.
  • Extending the right-turn lane from northbound Brookwood Parkway to the eastbound U.S. 26 entrance ramp.
  • Adding sidewalks and bike lanes within the interchange area.
Traffic impactsEastbound and westbound US26 will be closed from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29 and Tuesday, Sept. 30 for the contractor to set the new steel girders over US26. During the closure, traffic will be detoured up and over using the US26 on-and off-ramps. Traffic on Helvetia Road will be stopped for up to 20 minutes on Monday night, Sept. 29 while the crane is picking up the girders from their current location at the Jacobson/Helvetia Road intersection and transporting them to the overpass.
The restriction on Helvetia Road will begin at 8 p.m. and will continue intermittently throughout the night.
Prior to the freeway closure and detour, the contractor will close a lane in both directions of US26 beginning at 8 p.m.  The lane restriction will be removed when the contractor completes the highway closure prior to 5 a.m. each morning. 
Please note: NW Groveland Drive is permanently closed at NW Helvetia Road.  NW Groveland Drive will be accessible from NW Groveland Road via NW West Union Road.
A speed reduction zone is currently in place on NW Helvetia Road/NW Brookwood Parkway from the NW Helvetia Road/NW West Union Road intersection to the NW Brookwood Parkway/NW Huffman Street intersection. The posted speed limit has been changed to 40 mph in the work zone.
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U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) Glencoe Road Interchange
Project Description: This project replaces the Glencoe Road overpass at U.S. 26 in North Plains and improves the highway ramps, bicycle and pedestrian connections, signs, traffic signals, striping and drainage at this interchange. A culvert under Glencoe Road will also be replaced with a bridge. Work is expected to be complete in summer 2014.
Traffic Impacts:  No traffic impacts.


 U.S. 26 (Mt. Hood Highway), Proctor Boulevard at SE Meinig Avenue

Project description: As part of the 2010/2011 Signal Upgrades project, new signal poles, signal heads and ADA Ramps will be installed at this location.
Traffic Impacts:  No traffic impacts. Project is complete.
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
 Monday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 26 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day, K&E Excavating will continue excavation and work on drainage from the work area at Mirror Lake. Additionally, the contractor is working on the slopes west of Mirror Lake heading toward the runaway truck escape ramp.  During the week, they will haul excavation materials to sites along Lolo Pass Road, Laurel Road, Trillium Lake Road and Road 31. Travelers should expect slow moving trucks on U.S. 26 entering and exiting from behind the barrier and along Lolo Pass, Trillium Lake and Laurel Roads hauling will take place during work hours from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
K&E Excavating will also work on Saturday, Sept. 27 behind the barrier crushing rock. This work will not affect traffic.
In addition to the truck traffic and closures for rock blasting, travelers will encounter the following traffic impacts:
·         Intermittent lane closures on U.S. 26 will occur between Mirror Lake and Map Curve Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. One lane will remain open in each direction.
·         Road 31 will also be closed Monday’s through Thursday’s to allow crews to place trees removed from the slope. Road 31 will be open Friday’s through Sundays.
·         On U.S. 26 only one lane will remain open in each direction along a 2-mile section around-the-clock through October 31. Travelers should expect delays.
The speed limit is reduced to 45 miles-per-hour in this work zone. Please be alert to increased enforcement.
For more information visit: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org