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


August 1 - 8, 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: Expect daytime single lane closures on Northwest Helvetia Road (just north of the interchange) which will be restricted to one lane of traffic with flagger control on Saturday, August 1 from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The right lane (slow lane) of westbound US 26 will be closed the night of Thursday, August 6 from 8 p.m. to 5:30 a.m. Friday morning at the existing exit 61 off-ramp, for crews to pave the new on-ramp. The existing westbound US 26 on-ramp will remain open during this work. The right lane of the eastbound US 26 off-ramp (exit 61) will be closed for approximately one month beginning Monday, August 3 to finish widening the ramp.

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 July/August 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 Friday​ from sunrise to sunset. This week's work requires blasting on Monday and Thursday with flagging throughout the three-mile project area from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Hauling will also continue along Lolo Pass Road and Trillium Lake Road. Details include:

​U.S. 26        

    • Travelers should expect up to one hour closure of U.S. 26 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, August 3 and Thursday, August 6 for rock blasting. This is subject to change due to site conditions and work progress.

    • ​Monday through Thursday 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. Periodic flagging could also occur on Friday. 
    • 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
    • Periodic 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 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 and Friday until noon.

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

​​For more information: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org

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