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Construction Update: Sept. 18-30, 2016

Sept. 23, 2016

Expect up to 20-minute delays on U.S. 26 on Mt. Hood
Around-the-clock work starts Monday between OR 35 and east of Rhododendron

Crews working on the U.S. 26 Mt. Hood Safety Project will start working around-the-clock starting Monday to finish paving and the three year safety project in October. Travelers could encounter daytime delays of up to 60 minutes along an eight mile stretch of U.S. 26 between east of Rhododendron and Oregon Highway 35.

Paving will take place during daytime and nighttime hours, seven days a week to finish the paving before October. During paving work, traveler will encounter traffic stops and escorts by pilot cars. Other daytime work will include crews working in the center of U.S. 26 for a nearly two-mile stretch west of Government Camp. As weather allowed, paving crews have worked seven nights a week since early September.


If your destination is beyond Mt. Hood, consider taking an alternate route such as Interstate 84 to OR 35 or U.S. 20 Santiam Pass.​

Placing the center barrier between the east and westbound lanes along nearly 1.6 mile stretch of U.S. 26 from east of the run away truck ramp to east of the Mirror Lake trailhead could occur on Sept. 22. This is work dependent on the progress of paving. The barrier should be in place no later than Sept. 30.

K&E Excavating expects to apply 600,000 tons of asphalt along U.S. 26 The current schedule is subject to change based on weather and other conditions.


Impacts to Travel 

Construction will delay travel through the area. However, you will still be able to get to where you are going. Here is what to expect so you can plan to avoid delays.

The information above reflects the impacts for the current week.  Throughout the season you can expect the following traffic impacts:

• Around-the-clock lane closure on U.S. 26 from east of Kiwanis Camp Road to east of Mirror Lake.
• Increase truck traffic on Lolo Pass Road and Trillium Lake Road.
• Flagging and up-to 60 minute traffic stops anytime the contractor is working.
•Daytime and nighttime work.
•Occasional 24-hour flagging.

This season, K&E Excavating will continue to work along the slopes along U.S. 26 west of Government Camp between east of Kiwanis Camp Road and east of Mirror Lake, pave U.S. 26 and place a barrier between the east and westbound lanes. Work will take place Monday through Saturday and could take place around-the-clock.  This could change during the course of the project. Flagging, and road and trail closures will not occur on major holidays or Sundays.
Contact Information
For questions or comments about the Mount Hood Highway Safety Project, please contact:  
Kimberly Dinwiddie, ODOT Community Affairs
(503) 731-8281

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