Blasting Update and I-84 Traffic Impacts for the Week of Nov. 20, 2017: No blasting is scheduled the week of Nov. 20.
The week of Nov. 27, we are anticipating one small blast, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 29. Exact date to be announced when confirmed.
Although there is no blast scheduled this week, travelers should expect delays during holiday travel due to the lane reductions. This work is located in the same area where eastbound traffic is temporarily diverted into one lane of westbound I-84 due to fire debris removal activity from the Eagle Creek Fire.
Traffic Impacts: When blasting occurs, expect rolling slowdowns and long delays.
Overview: Once a week through November, Interstate 84 travelers will experience rolling slowdowns and delays for rock blasting near milepost 53.
Keeping travelers safe from blasting activities is a top priority. The rolling slowdowns ensure travelers are not in the area as blast occurs. After the blasts, crews will remove rock debris from I-84 before safely reopening the highway.
This work is located in the same area where eastbound traffic is temporarily diverted into one lane of westbound I-84 due to fire debris removal activity from the Eagle Creek Fire.
As part of the State Trail construction, a contractor is rock scaling to remove loose rock from the slopes at Shellrock Mountain. No additional traffic impacts for this work are anticipated at this time.
The same traffic shift now in place for fire debris removal was planned for early 2018 for trail work and rock scaling. Taking advantage of the shift and getting the work done now while the fire debris work is under way reduces the chance that an additional traffic shift for trail work will be needed this winter or spring.
Construction began in spring 2017 and is expected to continue through summer 2019.