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OSP and ODOT Traffic Advisory for Hood to Coast Relay 

08/22/2012
Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us

Kimberly Dinwiddie
ODOT Region 1 Public Affairs
(503) 731-8281

With 17,400 participants registered, over 3800 volunteers providing support, and approximately 2500 support vehicles, motorists are asked to watch for runners and walkers, as well as increased traffic and congestion, beginning Friday morning from Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood and ending Saturday evening in Seaside.

The annual Hood to Coast Relay is scheduled to take place Friday, August 24 and Saturday, August 25. Hood to Coast organizers sent out a news release August 1st with a reminder that the following areas could encounter delays because of relay-related traffic:

* Highway 26 (Mt. Hood to Gresham): from Friday, August 24, at 4:30 a.m. to 11:45 p.m.
* Highway 30 (Portland to St. Helens): from Friday, August 24, at 5:15 a.m. to Saturday, August 25, at 8:40 a.m.
* Highway 47: from Friday, August 24, at 4:00 p.m. to Saturday, August 25, at 12:30 p.m.
* Highway 202: from Friday, August 24, at 4:00 p.m. to Saturday, August 25, at 8:30 p.m.
* Young's River Loop: from Saturday, August 25, at 2:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
* Lewis & Clark Road: from Saturday, August 25, at 4:30 a.m. to 8:15 p.m.
* Highway 101 (Seaside area): from Saturday, August 25, at 4:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Construction projects

Some highways along the route have construction projects under way. ODOT and its contractors are suspending work and making every effort to minimize the effects these projects have on the event. Please use caution when overtaking and passing runners, walkers and support vehicles; please pay special attention through construction zones.

US Highway 26 (Mt. Hood Highway) lane restriction east of Sandy

Westbound traffic on US Highway 26 (Mt. Hood Highway) near milepost 30 east of Sandy will be narrowed to one lane approaching the top of Cherryville Hill to provide for some support vehicle parking. This section is on the west end of a two-mile section of center cable barrier installed last year to reduce crossover traffic crashes.

Increased enforcement

State, county and city police agencies along the relay route will have a visible patrol enforcement presence. Highway 26 between Timberline Road and Gresham will be worked extensively by Oregon State Police, Clackamas and Multnomah County Sheriff's Offices, and local police agencies. Additional enforcement efforts targeting relay route roads will occur west of Portland to Seaside. Anyone observing a dangerous driver or hazardous highway incident is asked to contact Oregon State Police dispatch at 1-800-452-7888, or call 9-1-1. Relay participants and travelers are urged to check road conditions and potential incident problems at www.TripCheck.com.

For more information on the Hood to Coast Relay, including the full course map, visit www.hoodtocoast.com.

Reminder: Oregon law enforcement is now in the midst of stepped up enforcement efforts targeting impaired and dangerous drivers. "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over" and use safety restraints when traveling in any vehicle.

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(NOTE: You can now also follow Oregon State Police on Twitter @ORStatePolice. You can view the OSP Twitter page without having to be a Twitter user at www.twitter.com/ORStatePolice. To check for OSP "Friendly" Hood to Coast Relay daily reminders, you can follow us on Twitter or check our Twitter page. There will be no change to how Oregon State Police news releases will continue to be distributed through FlashAlert Newswire.)

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