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Project Details

U.S. 26 Widening Project: Cornelius Pass Road to 185th Avenue

Construction Phase

Region 1: Portland metro and Hood River County (Hillsboro, Washington)

Construction began in November 2016 on a project to address congestion on U.S. 26 (Sunset Highway) between Cornelius Pass Road and 185th Avenue.​


Traffic Impact

Jan. 2018 update: The contractor plans to do minimal work over the winter. Most of the remaining work, including the final paving and opening the third lane in each direction, is weather-dependent and requires warmer and drier weather. If the weather cooperates this spring, the major work will be done then and the new lanes open.

The contractor is ahead of schedule by several months.  The final paving and opening of the new lanes wasn't expected until fall 2018.   Although it will be a few more months before the project is complete, it is happening earlier than expected.

Traffic pattern change as of Sept. 2017: Drivers can now use the right lane to continue west on U.S. 26 beyond the SW 185th Avenue interchange.  For the past several years, the right lane has been an exit-only lane for SW 185th Avenue.  As of September, it is no longer an exit-only lane. The striping and signs will reflect this change. 

This is a permanent change.  When the project is complete, the right lane leading up to the Cornelius Pass Road exits will be an exit-only lane.

Read the weekly construction update, detailed traffic impacts information updated every Friday.

Construction Impacts

Expect daytime and nighttime work on U.S. 26 and Cornelius Pass Road until Dec. 2018. Visit  the weekly construction update​ for detailed traffic impacts information or

** Road users should expect nighttime lane closures on U.S. 26 and Cornelius Pass Road, ramp closures, reduced shoulders and traffic shifts. No daytime lane closures on U.S. 26 are expected. 

** The Rock Creek Trail under U.S. 26 will be closed for two separate weekends and six separate nights - with a detour in place - as the new bridge is constructed (both weekend closures happened in spring/summer 2017). There will also be intermittent flagging on the trail. 

** There will be shoulder closures on U.S. 26 throughout most of the project. During the shoulder closures, those on bicycles must exit and take the signed detour on local roads. 

** Work not requiring lane closures (such as building the sound wall) will take place during the day. 

** Road users should expect increased congestion, noise and delays during construction. 

** There will be periodic nighttime work on this project. Residences and businesses adjacent to the project area may experience daytime and nighttime construction noise. ODOT has obtained a nighttime noise variance from the City of Hillsboro. A noise hotline is available 24 hours a day for reporting noise concerns. That number is 971-673-5239​.

Meetings and Events

** Visit the most recent online open house​ (from Nov. 2016) to learn about the construction impacts during this 2-year project. 

** Visit the first online open house (from Feb. 2016) to learn more details about this project and meet the project staff.



This joint project between ODOT, the City of Hillsboro and Washington County will continue through 2018. Read the latest fact sheet (updated Nov. 2016).

The purpose of this project is to increase capacity, improve traffic safety and relieve congestion in this stretch of U.S. 26, which currently has two lanes in each direction. Once complete, there will be three lanes in each direction of U.S. 26, from Cornelius Pass Road into downtown Portland.

The project elements include:


US 26 | ​Cornelius Pass Road to 185th Avenue

Cost and Funding

​$​34.5 million

What Problem Will This Improve?

The stretch of U.S. 26 between Cornelius Pass Road and 185th Avenue has reached its vehicle capacity. The congestion is particularly evident on U.S. 26 westbound between 185th Avenue and Cornelius Pass Road. The population and employment in Washington County continues to grow, increasing the traffic demand on U.S. 26. Without improvements, congestion and related crashes are anticipated to increase in the area.

Additional Information

For ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, or more information call 503-731-4128, TTY 800-735-2900 or Oregon Relay Service 7-1-1. 

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Project Contact

Community Affairs Coordinator
Lili Boicourt

Last Updated

1/18/2018 5:31 PM

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Project Documents

Related documents to this project
Fact-Sheet-18806.pdfThis fact sheet details the project purpose, elements and traffic impacts, along with a map of the project area.

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