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U.S. 26: Wildwood to Wemme


Project Summary: This is a 2008 project to improve safety on a section of U.S. 26 (Mt. Hood Highway) near Welches.  The work limits of the original project have been extended to include a paving project on either end of the Wildwood to Wemme Safety Project. By combining the three projects, construction costs and impacts will be minimized.
Latest Information: Construction began July 2008. 
 
Look here for the weekly construction news that details traffic impacts on the project, updated every Friday.

Remember that traffic fines double in construction zones.  For safety's sake, there will be an extra enforcement effort by the Oregon State Police throughout the term of the project.  Please drive carefully.

Project Information
Contractors for the Oregon Department of Transportation began work July 2008 on this safety improvement project in the Wildwood to Wemme section of U.S. 26 and preservation work on two adjoining segments. While construction schedules are subject to change, the majority of the project should be done by the end of 2008. The contractor would then return in the spring of 2009 to complete the final paving and permanent striping. 
 
The project area includes the 1.5 mile section of the Mt. Hood Highway between Wildwood and
Wemme. The goal is to address traffic safety for vehicles turning left from the highway, which local residents have asked ODOT to improve.
 
The project now has a new name, U.S. 26: Salmon River Bridge to East Lolo Pass Road, because a repaving project has been added to each end of the original project. Consolidating the three projects will lessen the impact to the local community since there will only be one construction period instead of three.
 
The environmental assessment process was complete in February 2007.  The Revised Environmental Assessment and Finding of No Significant Impact is available for your information below.
 
Other Documents

Revised EA
The U.S. 26: Wildwood to Wemme Revised Environmental Assessment is complete and available.   This document describes the selected alternative, “Widen to the North” and includes public and agency comments on the Environmental Assessment and ODOT’s response to comments. The Revised Environmental Assessment also includes the Finding of No Significant Impact.
 
Read the Revised EA here
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If you would like a paper copy of the Revised Environmental Assessment, please contact Mary Young at (503) 731-8436 or Mary.E.Young@odot.state.or.us.
 
Read the Environmental Assessment, Technical Reports, and Biological Opinion here

ODOT Contact Information
Elizabeth Craig - ODOT Community Affairs Coordinator, 503.731.8237
Wayne Statler - ODOT Project Manager, 503-731-3244