August 2012 Update
This project is now complete.
The Oregon Department of Transportation made improvements to OR 35, in the Hood River area. ODOT repaved an eight-mile section of OR 35, installed rumble strips and re-striped the Button Junction intersection to improve the northbound traffic flow.
The project location is from the Button Junction intersection south to Willow Flat Road at milepost 94.
- New Pavement: To provide a smoother and quieter driving surface, the highway was re-paved. The shoulders were also paved providing a better surface for bicyclists.
- Rumble Strips: They are a pavement treatment alerting drivers, through vibration and noise, when they stray from the travel lane. Since this section of OR 35 has a high number of crashes, ODOT installed rumble strips along the length of this project to reduce the number of head-on, side-swipe and running off the road types of crashes. The rumble strips were installed on the center line and both edges of the highway, where feasible, with consideration given to bicycle traffic.
- Button Junction Intersection Striping: To improve the northbound flow of traffic on OR 35, ODOT re-triped this intersection to provide a dedicated left turn lane onto State Street. The northbound through-lane heading toward I-84 also allows for right turns onto Old Columbia River Highway. This should reduce northbound backups on OR 35. See illustrations below. In addition, cross walks were installed at the intersection making it safer for pedestrians and easier for bicyclists to move through the intersection.
Schedule and Traffic impacts during Construction
Work began June 2012. The paving portion of the project will last about one month and require single-lane closures with flaggers. The project was complete by July 30 to avoid impacting local festivals along OR 35.
Button Junction Striping Changes
The construction budget for this project is $2,497,528 and the funding is 90% federal funds and 10% state funds.
The contractor is Kerr Contractors, Inc of Woodburn, Oregon.