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Construction Update: May 16-20, 2016

May 13, 2016

For information: Kimberly.Dinwiddie@odot.state.or.us; 503-539-8454
Project website: www.US26MtHoodSafety.org
Video of May 10 blast: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qYluYqwBaf8

U.S. 26 closes for blasting 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19
Expect daytime and nighttime work with flagging and lane closures May 16-20
Monday, May 16 through noon Friday, May 20 travelers will encounter traffic stops by flaggers during the day and night.

Rock blasting will take place 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 19 near the runaway truck ramp. Currently, no other blasts are planned to take place in the near future. Here is video from the May 10 blast.

Trail users along the Pionner 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 slope work at Map Curve, paving, retaining wall construction adjacent to the Pioneer Bridle Trail, installing drainage pipe at night and hauling materials.


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.
Contact Information
For questions or comments about the Mount Hood Highway Safety Project, please contact:  
Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT Community Affairs
(503) 731-8281

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