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US197: The Dalles - Eightmile Creek Project
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The $3.9 million project was awarded to Oregon Mainline Paving in May. 
Below is the preliminary construction schedule:

PavingSeptember 2009
Striping, guardrail and sign installation  
October/November 2009
Project completeNovember 2009
Motorists can expects delays up to 20 minutes during paving.  Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and/or pilot cars.  Most of the other work will be off the highway but motorist can still expect minor delays from time to time.
For the most current construction news please visit the Region 4 (Central Oregon) Newsroom.  For the most current traffic conditions in the project area, visit TripCheck.com.

Project Components
Logo indicating this project is being funded through the 2009 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
Funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
  • Repave approximately nine miles of US 197 between MP 1.0 in The Dalles and MP 9.88 near Boyd, Oregon.
  • Replace or modify substandard guardrails.
  • Upgrade permanent highway signing.
  • Install striping and signing to provide left turn lanes at the intersection of Eightmile Road and US 197.
  • The $4.1 million in funding for this project is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and will provide 56 family wage jobs.
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Project Information
The project is located between the City of The Dalles and Boyd Loop Road on US 197 in Wasco County, Oregon.  This portion of US 197 is the primary farm-to-market access for numerous agricultural producers in the Mid-Columbia area.  It is also the main transportation route between the largest urban center in Wasco County and a number of growing, smaller communities to the south.  Keeping state highways in good condition and providing for safe travel are critical parts of the mission for the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).
The latest available (2006) pavement condition rating for this section of highway is “Poor”.  The road surface is showing extensive fatigue and cracking.  This project will overlay the entire width of the highway with three inches of asphalt pavement. 
The intersection of US 197 and Eightmile Creek Road is experiencing an increase in the number of turning movements which is causing safety concerns.  This project will install striping and permanent signing that clearly provide for left turns at this intersection.
Permanent signing and guardrails along the highway will also be upgraded to meet current standards as part of the project.
To accommodate agricultural harvests in the area, the contractor will maintain one lane of traffic in each direction until August 10.  After August 10, in order to facilitate paving, traffic will be controlled in the construction zone by flaggers and/or pilot cars.  Motorists can expect up to 20-minute delays during paving activities.
Traffic impacts will be posted on TripCheck on a weekly basis or at more frequent intervals as changes occur.

Project Timeline

 Contract bid let:  May 2009
 Construction:  Summer 2009
 Project completion:   Fall 2009 

ODOT Contacts
Office Phone
Email Address
Pat CimmiyottiAssistant Project Manager(541) 296-2800Patrick.N.Cimmiyotti@odot.state.or.us 
Brad DeHart
Project & Operations Engineer
(541) 296-2215
Ron Snell
Project Manager
(541) 388-6064