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OR Highway 126 Corridor Facility Plan
Panoramic view of Cascade Mountains from OR Highway 126
Panoramic view of Cascade Mountains from OR Highway 126
  
     
Project Overview
OR 126 is a Statewide Highway which is also classified as an Expressway within the Oregon Highway Plan (OHP) from the Crook County boundary east to downtown Prineville. As specified in the OHP, expressways are intended to provide “safe and efficient high speed and high volume traffic movements.” The types of access and density of access points are also often limited in order to reduce conflicts.
 
Various land uses exist along the study segment which will create conflicts with high-speed and high-volume expressway traffic. For example, the Agricultural lands within the Powell Butte community require travel on, and crossing of, the highway with slow-moving farming equipment which results in reduced travel speeds and increased delay. Similarly, a high volume of turning vehicles is generated by the industrial uses near the Tom McCall/Millican Road intersection area which conflicts with through traffic. Within the Powell Butte Rural Service Community Area there is also an at-grade school crossing, which could become unsafe for use as highway volumes and speeds increase. 
 
In addition to the conflicts between current land use and the intended function of the expressway, projections for the corridor indicate a high rate of future growth from regional trips between Redmond and Prineville, recreational trips, and trips to approved destination resorts. There are industrial and employment centers in western Prineville that also provide growth potential, as evidenced by the recent development of the Facebook facility.
 
Considering these trends, the OR Highway 126 Corridor Facility Plan will identify short, medium, and long-term plans to ensure that the highway will be able to continue to serve as a statewide facility which also services local and regional mobility needs. Due to environmental, topographic, and funding constraints, it will be critical to identify facility management strategies that can extend the viability of the corridor and improve safety both in the near- and long-term. 
 
Vicinity Map

Project Schedule

Meeting
Date & Time
Project Advisory Committee #1
December 15, 2010 - 4:00 p.m.
1Joint Work Session #1
January 11, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.
Project Advisory Committee #2
February 2, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.
Public Workshop #1
February 2, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
Project Advisory Committee #3
April 6, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.
1Joint Work Session #2
April 12, 2011 – 4:00 p.m.
Project Advisory Committee #4
May 18, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.
Public Workshop #2
May 18, 2011 - 7:00 p.m.
Project Advisory Committee #5
June 29, 2011 - 4:00 p.m.
1Joint Work Session #3
August 23, 2011 – 4:00 p.m.
Public Meeting #1
August 23, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
County Planning Commission Hearing
November 9, 2011 – 7:00 p.m.
City Planning Commission Hearing
November 15, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
City Council Hearing
December 13, 2011 – 6:30 p.m.
County Board of Commissioners
December 21, 2011 – 9:00 a.m.

  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
  
 

 

1Joint Work Sessions to include City Planning Commission and Council, and the County Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners.

Get Involved
People attending OR 126 Corridor Facility Plan workshop on February 2, 2011 in Prineville, OR.
OR 126 Corridor Plan workshop held Feb. 2, 2011.
If you would like to be added to the project mailing list, be notified of upcoming meetings, or provide comments, visit our Public Comment and Interest Page.


Project Materials

Final Corridor Plan - January 2012
OR 126 Corridor Facility Plan - FINAL (10.0 MB)

Draft Corridor Plan - November 2011
OR 126 Corridor Facility Plan - DRAFT (14.5 MB)
OR 126 Corridor Facility Plan - Appendix (9.2 MB)
OR 126 Corridor Facility Plan - Technical Appendix A-D (12.4 MB)
OR 126 Corridor Facility Plan - Technical Appendix E-F (8.9 MB)
OR 126 Corridor Facility Plan - Technical Appendix G-K (13.5 MB)
 
Technical Memorandums
Technical Memorandum #1 - Plan and Policy Review (.3MB)
Technical Memorandum #2 - Existing Conditions Analysis  (5.0MB) and Appendix (6.3MB)
Techincal Memorandum #3 - Future Conditions Analysis (2.1MB) and Appendix (1.7MB)
Techincal Memorandum #4 - Circulation and Access Opportunities and Constraints (1.5MB) and Appendix (7.5MB)
Technical Memorandum #4B - Alternative Land Use Strategies White Paper (0.4MB)
Technical Memorandum #5A - OR 126 Corridor Refined Concept Screening (0.9MB) and Appendix (6.3MB)
Technical Memorandum #5B - Alternative Land Use Strategies (0.3MB)

 
Draft Technical Memo #6 - Implementation Plan Evaluation (1.2 MB)
Draft Technical Memo #6 - Appendix (9.8 MB)
Technical Memo #7 - Code Ammendments (0.7 MB) 
 
Notices, Announcements and Summaries
August 2011 Public Meeting Flyer
May 2011 Workshop Flyer
Summary of Public Workshop #1 (8.5MB)
February 2011 Workshop Flyer  
  
 
Newspaper Articles
Central Oregonian news article

Contacts
 
Name   Title  Phone Number
  Email Address
Devin Hearing   Project Manager, ODOT  541-388-6388   devin.hearing@odot.state.or.us
Rex Holloway   Community Liaison, ODOT  541-388-6178   rex.a.holloway@odot.state.or.us
Bill Zelenka   Project Manager, Crook County  541-447-8156   bill.zelenka@co.crook.or.us
Scott Edelman   Project Manager, City of Prineville   541-447-8338   sedelman@cityofprineville.com
Casey Bergh   Lead Analyst, Kittelson & Assoc.  541-312-8300   cbergh@kittelson.com