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U.S. 26: Mt. Hood Jct. - Wapinitia Jct.

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The Oregon Department of Transportation has contracted with Oregon Mainline Paving to pave U.S. Higway 26 from from OR Highway 35 (Mt. Hood Junction) to OR Highway 216 (Wapinitia Junction).  Paving is expected to begin June 21 and be completed in July, weather dependent.  The remainder of the road work will be completed by the end of September 2012.

Paving operations will be from 7pm to 7am, Sunday night through Friday morning.  There will be single lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers and a pilot car.  Motorists can expect up to 20 minute delays.

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Project Components
  • Grind and recycle 2” or 4” of existing asphalt
  • Repave approximately 13 ½ miles of US 26 from the US 26/OR 35 junction to the Wapinitia junction
  • Install durable striping
  • Install rumble strips
  • Upgrade signs and guardrails, as needed
Project Information Paper

Project Location
This US 26 project is located between the US 26/OR 35 junction (mile post 57.45) and US 26/OR 216 (Wapinitia) junction (near mile post 71.00).
Vicinity Map

Rutting on U.S. Highway 26 east of Mt. Hood
Rutting on U.S. Highway 26 east of Mt. Hood.
Purpose and Need for the Project
US 26 is a critical part of the state’s transportation system. The highway carries a high volume of freight and tourist traffic between Portland and central Oregon.  Keeping roads in good condition and providing for safe travel are critical parts of the mission for the Oregon Department of Transportation.

The pavement for this section of highway is showing signs of distress and deep potholes are forming.  ODOT maintenance crews applied an asphalt concrete patch in the summer of 2010, and will again in 2011, to preserve the roadway surface until this project is constructed in 2012.

Traffic Impacts
To minimize impacts to the traveling public, paving will be done at night.  There will be single lane closures with traffic controlled by flaggers and pilot cars.  Motorists can expect up to 20 minute delays during the paving operations. 
Upgrades to signs and guardrails will occur during daylight hours.  It may be necessary to close one lane of traffic for short distances during these operations.  Traffic will be controlled by flaggers and delays will be limited to 20 minutes.

Key Dates
Preliminary Design    February 2011
Survey, Inventory of Highway  
 Features and Final Design
Spring/Summer 2011
Bid Let Fall 2011
Construction Summer 2012

Email Address
Bob Townsend  Asst. Project Mgr. 541-296-2800 Robert.L.Townsend@odot.state.or.us
Amy Pfeiffer
Project Leader
Butch Hansen
Area Manager
Rex Holloway
Community Liaison