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
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
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:
- 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
- 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
- Road 31 will be closed to all traffic around-the-clock Monday through
For more information: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org