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OR 126: Grass Butte - Rimrock Road (Prineville Grade)

Current News

The $1.6 million construction contract was awarded to High Desert Aggravate & Paving, Inc. in April 2014.  Construction will begin the week of July 27 and be completed in August. 
Paving operations will be at night to lessen the impacts to the traveling public.  Single lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car, with up to 20 minute delays, can be expected.

Project Components 

  • Repave approximately 3.4 miles of OR 126 from the road to Grass Butte to Rimrock Road near the bottom of the Prineville Grade.
  • Repave approximately one half a mile of U.S. 26 in Prineville north from junction of OR126.

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Why this project is needed 

Cracking and rutting of Highway 126 near PrinevilleOregon 126 and U.S. 26 are classified as Expressways and are critical parts of the State’s transportation system.  The highways are

important freight and local commuter routes.  Keeping roads in good condition and providing for safe travel are critical parts of the mission for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

The pavement condition for this section of OR 126 is rated in poor condition.  There is extensive cracking and rutting. The section at the top of the Prineville Grade was paved in 2011 with a thin overlay but is already showing surface distress. In recent years ODOT maintenance crews have needed to patch the road and fill in some of the rutting.
The travel lanes of highway U.S. 26 from the junction of highway OR 126 west in Prineville are exhibiting surface deterioration, specifically delamination and rutting, and are in need of being repaved.

How ODOT plans to solve the problem

The full width of the 3.4 mile section of OR 126 and the travel lanes on the half mile section of U.S. 26 will be repaved.  Durable striping and centerline rumble strips will be installed on the OR 126 section.

Traffic Control During Construction
Paving will be done at night to minimize disruptions to traffic.  Single lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car, with up to 20 minute delays, can be expected.

Project Timeline
Contract bid let                  April 2004
Construction begins            Summer 2014
Construction complete        Fall 2014

Estimated Construction Project Cost          $1.9 million 

 ODOT Contacts

Office Phone
Email Addresses
Wade Luckman
Project Coordinator
Jay Davenport
Asst. Project Manager
​Ann Fisher ​Community Liaison Rept ​541-678-1796 Ann.M.Fisher@odot.state.or.us