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U.S. 97: OR 58 Jct. – Chemult Passing Lanes

Project News 

Paving on this 5.7 mile project began in June and was completed in August 2013. The contractor was Oregon Mainline Paving.

What is planned

  • Repave approximately 5.7 miles of U.S. 97 from the Oregon Highway 58 junction to the Chemult Passing Lanes at approximately MP 200.  

 Project Information Paper                                           Vicinity Map

Why this project is needed

Picture of poor pavement conditions on US 97U.S. Highway 97 is a classified as an Expressway and is a critical part of the State’s transportation system.  The highway carries a high volume of freight and recreational traffic between California and Washington.  Trucks make up 38% of the total traffic volume.  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 U.S. 97 is rated fair to poor.  There is extensive cracking and raveling. The last time this section was paved was in 1998.  In recent years the pavement has deteriorated to a point that it could not be included in a recent chip seal project.
 Cracking and rutting of US 97 near OR 58.

How ODOT plans to solve this problem

This 5.6 mile section of U.S. 97 will be repaved.  Once paved, durable striping and centerline rumble strips will be installed. 

Traffic control during construction 

Motorists can expect delays during the paving operations.  Single lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car can be expected.  

Project timeline  and estimated cost

Final plans​ 2013
Contract bid let​ ​June 2013
Construction begins​ ​Summer 2013
​Construction complete ​Fall 2013
$3.5 million

ODOT Contacts  

Name​ ​Title ​Office Phone ​Email Address
Tom Feeley Construction Project Manager​ ​541-883-5780 Thomas.J.Feeley@odot.state.or.us
​Butch Hansen ​Area Manager 541-883-5665​
Rex Holloway​ ​Community Relations ​541-388-6178 Rex.A.Holloway@odot.state.or.us