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Construction Update: July 28-Aug. 7, 2016
July 28, 2016
For information: Kimberly.Dinwiddie@odot.state.or.us; 503-539-8454
Nighttime flagging with pilot cars starting Aug. 1 - 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. Monday through Thursday
Daytime work with flagging and lane closures throughout Monday-noon Friday
Starting Monday, Aug. 1, K&E Excavating will begin preperation work for paving that will occur in mid-August. Monday through Thursday nights from 7 p.m. each night to 5 a.m. each morning, travelers will encounter flaggers and pilot cars and long delays. This type of nighttime work and impact to travelers is expected to occur over the next several weeks. Crews will begin work between west of the runaway truck ramp at Map Curve (milepost 49) and east of Mirror Lake (milepost 52). Paving work between Government Camp and Still Creek Campground will not occur until after Labor Day.
The paving preperation work is grinding off the existing asphalt. Until paving crews arrive in mid-August, travelers should expect to drive or ride on a rough pavement.
During the day, Monday through noon Friday travelers should expect intermittent delays during the day as crews work along U.S. 26 between the Mirror Lake Trail Head (milepost 52) and east of the runaway truck ramp (milepost 49).
Throughout the week, trail users along the Pioneer Bridle Trail will see workers along the trail building a retaining wall and could experience intermittent trail flagging.
During the week hauling will occur along Trillium Lake Road and Lolo Pass Road. This year, the hauling on Lolo Pass Road should be intermittent.
This weeks work includes, paving preperations, retaining wall construction adjacent to the Pioneer Bridle Trail, installing guardrail and electrical vaults and hauling materials.
The final blast of the rock slopes took place on Tuesday, May 24. A few blast could remain in the project as K&E Excavating installs electrical components beneath the roadway. Currently, no other blasts are planned to take place in the near future.
Impacts to Travel
Construction will delay travel through the area. However, you will still be able to get to where you are going. Here is what to expect so you can plan to avoid delays.
The information above reflects the impacts for the current week. Throughout the season you can expect the following traffic impacts:
• Closures up-to one hour from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Monday’s Tuesday’s and Thursday’s on U.S. 26 west of Government Camp for rock blasting.
• Around-the-clock lane closure on U.S. 26 from east of Kiwanis Camp Road to east of Mirror Lake.
• Increase truck traffic on Lolo Pass Road and Trillium Lake Road.
• Flagging and up-to 20 minute traffic stops anytime the contractor is working.
•Daytime and nighttime work.
•Occasional 24-hour flagging.
This season, K&E Excavating will continue to
work along the slopes along U.S. 26 west of Government Camp between east
of Kiwanis Camp Road and east of Mirror Lake, pave U.S. 26 and place a
barrier between the east and westbound lanes. Work will take place Monday through Saturday and could
take place around-the-clock. This could change during the course of the
project. Flagging, and road and trail closures will not occur on major
holidays or Sundays.
For questions or comments about the Mount Hood Highway Safety Project, please contact:
Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT Community Affairs