The $11.5 million construction contract was awarded to Oregon Mainline Paving in October 2014. Construction of this two year project began in July 2015 and is due to be completed this spring after the winter shut. On site work began the week of March 21st. It is anticipated that the project will be completed by the end of April with the exception of any unforeseen delays.
Work will include the completion of reconstructing US 395 from MP47 to MP50 and MP65 to MP73 near Lake Abert. The work also includes top lift paving from MP30 to MP35.
Traffic control during construction
On-site work will be done during daylight hours. During reconstruction, traffic will be controlled by 24 hour flagging and a pilot car. Motorists can expect delays up to 20 minutes.
- Reconstruct approximately 24 miles of U.S. 395 from Alkali Lake (MP 50) to LakeAbert (MP 73.3)
- Install centerline rumble strips
- Replace signs, as needed
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Need for the Project
U.S. 395 is an important part of the State’s transportation system and is a north-south freight corridor that links California, Idaho and Washington. The average daily traffic is 250-350 vehicles with a truck percentage of approximately 40 percent. Keeping highways in good condition and providing a safe, efficient transportation system that supports economic opportunity is a critical aspect of the mission for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
This section of highway is in poor to very poor condition. The roadway surface is old, weak, stripped of oil and has pot holes. The last time this section was resurfaced was over 25 years ago. Because of the road’s poor condition, a large percentage of the maintenance budget for this area goes to just prolong its life until it can be repaved.
Work to be done
ODOT plans to do full depth reclamation of this section of highway. This involves grinding the existing asphalt and subgrade down approximately 10 inches, mixing it with cement and water and then reapplying to the roadway. Once hardened, a layer of oil and rock will be laid. The final step will be to lay three inches of asphalt. In addition, centerline rumble strips will be installed and roadway signs will be replaced, as needed.
Timeline and Estimated Project Cost
The estimated project cost is $15 million.