March 30, 2015
For information: Kimberly Dinwiddie, 503-539-8454, Kimberly.Dinwiddie@odot.state.or.us
Project website: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org
Video of season one work: https://youtu.be/kgfhkhSNNHg
Travelers using U.S. 26 on Mt. Hood will encounter delays this
spring through fall
Safety project means one hour road closures and only one lane in
each direction starting April 1
Construction will delay travelers over Mt. Hood on U.S. 26 with
congestion, one hour road closures, 20-minute traffic stops and increased truck
traffic west of Government Camp. This project will take place April through
October in 2015 and 2016.
This is the second season of work on a multi-year project to
improve safety by reducing severe injury and fatal crossover crashes and rocks
that are falling from the over 100 foot cliffs into U.S. 26.
Starting Wednesday, April 1, K&E Excavating will reduce U.S.
26 to one-lane in each direction along a nearly three mile section from east of
Kiwanis Camp Road to east of Mirror Lake. This will allow the contractor to
work behind a barrier on the cliffs that are now too close to the road and drop
rocks into the roadway. This lane configuration will remain in place until Oct.
As the contractor stripes the road, travelers will encounter
traffic stops of up to 20 minutes.
Blasting the rock slopes will require closures of up to one hour
three evenings a week, Monday, Wednesday andThursday from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. During the
blasting closures, flaggers will stop travelers at Kiwanis Camp Road and at the
west end of Government Camp to prevent traffic from stopping on the steep
slopes of U.S. 26. The blasting closures will be posted on www.TripCheck.com
in advance and we ask travelers to plan around these closures. At this time,
dates for blasting have not been scheduled.
You will still be able to get to where you are going during
construction however delays are expected. Construction will take place Monday
through Saturday and can take place around-the-clock. Here is how construction
will affect travel:
· Only one
lane will be open in each direction around-the-clock from April 1 through
of up to hour on U.S. 26 for blasting the rock slopes on U.S. 26, three days a
week, Monday through Thursday between 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
traffic stops lasting 20-minutes anytime the contractor is actively working.
truck traffic on U.S. 26.
truck traffic on Lolo Pass and Trillium Lake Roads starting in early to
single lane closures and flagging for other work instead of full highway
around-the-clock flagging at Map Curve Monday through Friday from early April
to late May.
work will not occur on holidays or Sundays.
construction work will occur from November to March of each year. During this
time all lanes will be open.
You can learn more about how construction will affect you by
visiting an online open house that will be available March 30 at www.US26MtHoodSafetyOpenHouse.org.
ODOT will host an open house from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday, March 30 at the Resort at
the Mountain 68010 East Fairway Avenue, Welches, OR, 97067.
ODOT will construct a project along a nearly eight mile stretch of
U.S. 26 between Kiwanis Camp Road and OR 35 to improve safety by reducing
severe crossover crashes and rockfall.
· Paving an
eight mile section of U.S. 26 between Silent Rock and OR 35
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·
back the rock slope east of the runaway truck ramp to east of the Mirror Lake
widening to install a median barrier·
· Placing a
concrete barrier along a 1.6 mile section between the east and westbound lanes
of U.S. 26 from just east of the run away truck ramp and east of the Mirror
of a retaining wall to reduce impacts to existing trails from highway widening
the westbound passing lanes for a total of about 1,400 feet·
Project Schedule: Work is expected to take place in the months of
April-October each year in 2015 and 2016.