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US97/US26 Willow Creek Bridge-Depot Rd

Project Location:
The Willow Creek – Depot Road project is located on US Highway 26 and 97 between US97 MP92.12 and US26 MP116.80 in the city of Madras, Jefferson County.
Purpose of the project:
The project was approved for funding under the 2001 Oregon Transportation Investment Act (OTIA) Program.  The primary scope of the project is to:
• reconfigure and signalize the intersection of US 26 and US 97 near the north city limits of Madras, including safety and pedestrian enhancements consistent with the City of Madras’ Transportation System Plan (TSP).  The project provides for safety and enhancement improvements in the City of Madras from the existing Willow Creek Bridges (US97 MP 92.12) to the intersection of N.E. Plum Street (US97 MP 91.84) and pavement preservation from N.E. Plum Street to N.E. Depot Street (US26 MP116.80).

• replace the northbound Willow Creek Bridge structure and construct a retaining wall between the Fourth Street and Fifth Street bridges.  A segmental block retaining wall will be constructed on Sixth Street to minimize right of way impacts.
Project Background:
US 26 currently is a five-lane highway that is located in a mixed commercial and residential neighborhood.  Some commercial properties located within the project limits include Subway, McDonalds, Space Age Fuel, Plum Fierce Car Wash, Ahern’s Groceries, a motel and a fishing supply shop.   Southbound traffic is diverted onto NW Fourth Street just north of the two bridges on a one-way couplet.
US 97 currently is a three-lane highway that is also located in a mixed neighborhood.  Some properties located along US 97 include Safeway, Hollywood Video, and a major Qwest facility.  In addition to the residential and commercial property, the Mountain View Hospital is located just two blocks east of the project on Oak Street.  Southbound traffic is directed to a stop-controlled T-type intersection with US 26 just south of N.E. Plum Street.  A fork in US 26 currently provides for access onto northbound US 97, just north of N.E. Oak Street.
N.E. Sixth Street is currently zoned residential with the exception of the McDonalds property on the west.  N.E. Oak Street is residential with the exception of McDonalds on the north side.  NW Poplar is currently a gravel road with land uses ranging from commercial, residential, and agricultural, moving west from US 26 respectively.  NW Fourth Street is currently a dirt and gravel path with commercial properties along its east side and residential along its west.
Two bridges currently cross Willow Creek on US 26 / US 97.  The bridge that exclusively carries southbound traffic was built in 1964.  The other, currently bearing only northbound traffic, was originally built in 1923 and was later widened and given new rails in 1946.  The northbound structure is on the Stage I Cracked Bridge list and must be replaced.
This project is identified on the City of Redmond’s Transportation System Plan and Comprehensive Plan. The couplet is an integral part of the success of the US97 Redmond Reroute and traffic flow in Redmond.

Information during Construction:
A public construction kickoff meeting will be scheduled once a Contractor is selected and the final construction schedule is complete.  Road and lane closure dates and durations will be posted on variable message boards along at the highway and broadcasted over the radio and television. Construction status reports will be posted on the ODOT website. 
Key project milestones:
  • Let the project – November 18, 2004.
  • Begin construction – January 2005
  • Complete construction – December 2005

ODOT Key Contacts

Julianne Repman Public Affairs Officer (541) 388-6224 
Gary Farnsworth Central Oregon Area Manager (541) 388-6071 
Stephanie Serpico Consultant Project Manager (541) 388-6309